The Gary Tripp Memorial Golf Tournament committee is very thankful at this special time of the year. They are thankful for the many family members who made it possible to carry on a tradition of keeping Gary's memory alive. He is dearly missed by his family and friends.
The tournament was held Sept. 14 at Shorewood Country Club for the fifth year. Family committee members who donated countless hours, food, prizes and experience include Patty Tripp, Fred Tripp, Terri Tripp Helwig, Steve Helwig, Jim and Dru Pasierb, Jane Russo, Katie Lemiszko, Jessica Pasierb Moore, Nancy and Frank Flitt, Mike and Alana Flitt, Stacy Flitt and Eric Flitt.
It also takes 101 golfers to make the tournament successful. The committee is thankful for Gary's many family members, extended family, friends, friends of his friends, both near and far, young and old, veterans and newbies who got their clubs out and polished up their long and short games. Each golfer was presented with a gift package of golf balls, tees, and a logo-printed t-shirt created by Tony Guido.
Congratulations go out to the winning team, made up of Mike Porpiglia, Bret Schafer, Gary Leber and Ken Green. Thanks also go out to the Shorewood Country Club staff, including Renee Johnson, manager; Vinnie Buglia, golf pro; David Winchell Jr., chef; and Chad Bradigan, steward.
The tournament cannot happen without the many volunteers who run errands, provide assistance with registration and at special holes, prepare food for dinner, serve food and clean up after the event. The committee is thankful for Kim Collins, Sue Nickel, Cheryl Graf, Michelle Kuras, Linda Willoughby, Cheryl McCoy, Maggie Owen, Darlene Leonard, Kathy Tripp, Kathy Werner, Courtney Tripp, Ashley Leonard, Shannon Helwig, John Romanik, Mike Nelson, George Civiletto, Julian Christopher, Julie and Dean DuBois, Stacy Flitt, Jessica Pasierb Moore, Frank and Nancy Flitt, Dru Pasierb and Dolores Mourer.
The committee is thankful to the Kosciuszko Club for its very generous major sponsor donation. They are also very thankful to the other major sponsors, including Frosty Treat, Dan Ryel and Joe Gugino, and Hometown Insurance.
The committee would also like to thank the many hole and half-hole sponsors, whether they be veteran sponsors or new this year. They include The Columbus Club, Donald O. Tripp "Unk," The Dom Polski Club, Ellman's Garage, Fredonia Beaver Club, Jim and Dru Pasierb, Lake Shore Savings and Loan, Maplevale Farms, Moniuszko Club, Pat Tripp, Gramma Virgie, P&G Foods, Fred Tripp, the RO Foundation, Rudi Adamczak and Family, Sullivan's Charbroil, Gowanda Starcraft, Rookies Sports Bar, Main Wines & Spirits, Kirk's Jewelers, Rob Curry and Family, Dunkirk Loyal Order of the Moose, McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, Add Lumber, Anthony and Matthew Larivey Family, Angela DiCara, Chudy Paper, Fredonia Heating, CC Conservation Club, Northern Chautauqua Dental, Piede Bros. Tents, Leo and Adelina Gorski and the Keddie Family. The signs were created by X-Press Screen Printing of Dunkirk. Thank you also to the OBSERVER for its continued support of the tournament through "For the Record," articles and photos.
Special baskets were created for hole prizes and were donated by The Paper Factory, Linda Curtin, Cheryl Tripp, Patty Tripp, Jason Gross, Jason Cieslewicz, Nancy Flitt, Jane Russo, the Boys & Girls Club, Cheryl Graf, Cheryl McCoy and Shannon Helwig. Thank you to all of these donors. Mike Porpiglia of Mangia Catering donated a tailgate party for 12 to one lucky golfer. Thank you, Mike!
Food donations are also very much appreciated. The committee is thankful to Feinen's Farms, Pepsi Beverage Co., Maplevale Farms, Brigotta's, Talarios, Curtzee, UTZ, Pat Tripp and Fred Tripp. Each donation contributed made this year's tournament special.
The committee is proud to continue its scholarship program, including the annual Gary Tripp Memorial Scholarship at Dunkirk High School and SUNY Fredonia. An annual donation is also a part of the Gary Tripp Memorial Golf Tournament vision with the establishment of the Gary Tripp Colorectal Research Fund at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.
The committee is ever thankful for its family, friends, donors, volunteers and the community of caring people close and far who contribute to remembering and honoring Gary and his love for life. May all of these wonderful people find peace and love during this special season.
Submitted by members of the Gary Tripp Memorial Golf Tournament Committee.