RYE – When the Women’s Golf League at Abenaqui Country Club began donating a portion of proceeds from their annual Pink Day Tournament to help Families First Health and Support Center in 2011, the donation came to $1,800. This summer, the Pink Day group donated more than six times that amount – $10,960 – bringing the league’s total donations over eight years to $45,000. The money is designated to help Families First – and, now, its partner organization, Goodwin Community Health – to make breast exams and mammograms accessible to women who are uninsured or have health insurance with a high deductible.
In was 21 years ago that the Abenaqui Women’s Golf League began designating one day a year to raise funds for breast cancer programs, initially supporting national organizations. When league members and breast cancer survivors Laura Cannon and Jackie Stone took over the Pink Day Tournament in 2008, they asked the League Board to change the focus to supporting Seacoast nonprofits. Counting the $45,000 raised for Families First, the league has raised a total of $70,000 for local Seacoast nonprofits since 2008.
Another turning point came in 2016, when organizers expanded the tournament’s fundraising capacity by selling hole sponsorships to the entire Abenaqui membership rather than only women’s league members, and also challenging Men’s League teams to sponsor holes. “The membership and staff stepped up to the plate big time,” Cannon says. “This year we had more than 72 signs on the course the day of our tournament. We were a sea of women dressed in pink celebrating our cause.”
For information about the cancer screening services offered at Families First for uninsured and underinsured women, visit tinyurl.com/FFBCCP or call (603) 422-8208 (press 3).
Abenaqui Women’s League Tournament Chair Laura Cannon, second from left, recently presented Greater Seacoast Community Health with more than $11,000 raised through Abenaqui Country Club’s Pink Day golf tournament in late July. Accepting the donation were Greater Seacoast Community Health CEO Janet Laatsch, far left, and Barbara Henry and Valerie Goodwin, chair and vice chair of the GSCH Board of Directors.