More than 85 golfers from New Hampshire and Massachusetts kicked off the first day of fall with a golf tournament benefit at Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton, Mass.
Presented by New England Investment and Retirement Group, Inc., out of North Andover, Mass., golfers and guests raised more than $6,000 on site with additional pledges to follow for Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire, the charity partner chosen for this year’s event by New England Investment’s President Nick Giacoumakis.
In its second year, the first benefitting CASA, the golf tournament served not only as a fundraiser but also as a client appreciation day for the premier wealth management and retirement planning firm. In addition to 18 holes of golf at the sprawling course just minutes outside of Boston, golfers and their guests were treated to a post-game cocktail hour and dinner complete with awards from the tournament, a silent auction and raffle.
Joe Gimilaro of Bedford, NH, Fred Hayden of Merrimack, NH, Mark Billone of Windham, NH, Nick Giacoumakis of Windham, NH, David Tremblay of Middleton, MA
All proceeds from the day were donated by Giacoumakis and his team to support the child advocacy work performed by CASA of New Hampshire’s more than 450 dedicated volunteers. A member of the National CASA Association, CASA of New Hampshire strives to protect the rights of the Granite State’s most vulnerable children to live, learn and grow in the embrace of a loving family.
CASA’s volunteers are trained to advocate in court on behalf of the best interests of abused and neglected children who’ve come to the attention of the courts through no fault of their own. In the last year, CASA volunteers advocated for more than 1,100 children and has seen an increase of about 30 percent to its caseload, due in part to the widespread heroin epidemic. CASA of New Hampshire has a 27-year history of providing qualified, caring and compassionate advocates to serve as the eyes and ears for a judge who is making critically-important decisions about a child’s future.
Steve Riley of Lynnfield, MA, Tamie Maffeo of Windham, NH, Nick Giacoumakis of Windham, NH
“We are always looking to work with charitable organizations that provide very important and very valuable services to our communities,” said Giacoumakis, a resident of Windham, N.H. “The care and protection of children who are abused, vulnerable and at a disadvantage is such a critical priority, which is why I chose the organization this year. When we’re looking for important causes to support, children’s well-being and overall health is at the top of the list.”
Les Satlow of Andover, MA, Tara Satlow of Andover, MA, Dino Martino of North Andover, MA, Rob Cowles of Chelmsford, MA
CASA of New Hampshire CEO and President Marty Sink expressed her appreciation for the generosity of team at New England Investment and Giacoumakis through this event.
“We are so grateful for Nick’s support of CASA and the generosity displayed by all of those who participated in the golf tournament and who donated to CASA online,” Sink said. “Our work is sadly never done, but through ongoing generous support of our local communities, and with the recruitment of new volunteers each year, we are able to work closer toward our mission of advocating for 100 percent of New Hampshire’s abused and neglected children.”
CASA of New Hampshire: www.casanh.org
New England Investment and Retirement Group: www.neinv.com