Brightside Golf Classic Raises More Than $107,000 to Support Services

SPRINGFIELD — Hazy, hot, humid weather didn’t slow down the 190 golfers who took part in the Brightside Golf Classic in July. The annual tournament, held at Springfield Country Club in West Springfield and the Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, raised $107,600 to support the programs and services at Brightside for Families and Children in Holyoke.
“The generous support we have received from sponsors and participants in the Brightside Golf Classic over the past 33 years is a testament to the importance and essential nature of the services provided by Brightside for Families and Children,” said Daniel Moen, president and CEO of the Sisters of Providence Health System (SPHS). “We are grateful for the efforts of the co-chairs, sponsors, golfers, and volunteers who helped to make this year’s tournament such a success.”
This year’s golf co-chairs were Steven Lowell, president and CEO of Monson Savings Bank; William Wagner, president and CEO of Chicopee Savings Bank; John Dowd Jr., executive vice president of the Dowd Agencies; and Paul Fritz, vice president of MassLive.
“This important event strengthens the partnership between Greater Springfield’s banking and business leaders with Brightside for Families and Children. And we are already looking forward to and planning for next year’s tournament, which will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014,” said Brenda McCormick, vice president of Fund Development for SPHS.
At a dinner reception following the tournament, Paul Fritz accepted the James Corridan Award on behalf of MassLive for its “commitment to helping the tournament change with the times.”  As a reception sponsor for the past several years, MassLive has provided the means and the opportunity to use online messaging and advertising for both the Brightside Golf Classic and the Brightside Angel campaign, providing exposure for Brightside to new audiences and helping to communicate that Brightside is a strong organization with a mission that remains as vital as when it was founded 140 years ago. The award is presented annually in memory of James Corridan, who was instrumental in establishing and organizing the Brightside Golf Classic.
Brightside for Families and Children provides in-home counseling and family support to children and their families throughout Western Mass. This tangible support offers resource coordination, parenting-skills development, behavioral-technique instruction, and many other tailored supports that work to prevent hospitalization from occurring.