BELMONT — The annual MetroCast Foundation Golf Tournament held at Lochmere Country Club on September 16 raised more than $23,000 in support of youth-serving organizations in the region. With a score of 57, John Daigneault, Jerry Driscoll, Ace Parmaley & Bob Schwartz took this year's top prize.
The annual event, now in its 15th year, began as an effort to honor the memory of Robbie Mills, a 14 year-old Laconia boy who was killed in 1997 for his trail bike by two older teens (Mills' mother is a MetroCast employee). The MetroCast event was launched a year later to support the Robbie Mills Memorial Fund, which remains a primary beneficiary of the Tournament.
As the tournament subsequently grew in popularity, the number of organizations supported by the fundraiser also expanded to include the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region, Greater Lakes Advocacy Center (Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Program), Spaulding Youth Center Foundation, WLNH Children's Auction, and more.
In response to the growing need, Jim Bruder, Chairman and CEO of Harron Communications, MetroCast's parent company, founded the MetroCast Foundation in 2007 to facilitate donations for the Tournament from video programmers and vendor partners. In addition to 2013's key sponsors Meredith Village Savings Bank and IDT/net2phone, more than 40 corporate organizations contributed to this year's event.
"We are grateful for our sponsors and contributors, as well as all those who came out on a beautiful day for golf, food and fun," said MetroCast Regional Manager, Moira Campbell. "This valued support enabled MetroCast to continue to honor the memory of the beloved Robbie Mills and to serve worthy organizations that better our young people and the great community we call home."