Credit Unions of Rhode Island Donate $65,000 to Special Olympics Rhode Island

The Credit Union Association of Rhode Island presented a $65,000 check to Special Olympics Rhode Island at the Credit Unions of Rhode Island Charity Golf Tournament yesterday, July 14.  These funds represent the total amount raised this year by credit unions, members, sponsors, etc.  The Association's Social Responsibility Committee set the $65,000 goal in September 2013.  This brings a seventeen-year total to $714,100.
The event, which was the culmination of an outstanding year of fundraising, took place at the scenic Crestwood Country Club located in Rehoboth, MA. One hundred and four golfers and 47 sponsors combined to make the Credit Unions of Rhode Island Charity Golf Tournament a tremendous success. The group played on and enjoyed a great day of camaraderie and networking out on the course and afterward during the awards banquet.

Special Olympics Rhode Island athlete Michael Lucca added a little extra 
challenge to the day by conducting a contest on the practice putting green with each team as they approached hole number one.  The group from Dexter Credit Union - Stephen Angell, David Angell, Thomas Kiley, and Mark Shaw - won that competition with a score of 19.
Navigant Credit Union claimed the winning Low Gross Team and the credit union's foursome of Gary Furtado, Joseph Beretta, Jeff Furtado, and John McCarthy was the trophy winner with a score of 66.  The team from Greenwood Credit Union: James Irving, Joseph Lajoie, Tom Ahern, and Jack Bamford won the Low Net Team honor.


In addition, many individual skills contests were won:
Low Gross Individual
Jim Irving, 70 - Greenwood Credit Union
Low Net Individual
Mark McLaughlin, 64 - Pawtucket Credit Union
Best-Ball Scramble Format winning team 
Tom Furtado, Rick Proulx, Jim Nagel, Jim Simmons - Navigant Credit Union
Men's Straightest Drive
Ron LeClair - Pawtucket Credit Union
Women's Straightest Drive
Laurie Flaxington - Pawtucket Credit Union
Closest to the Pin Contests:
Hole Number 3
Brian McDonald - Winbrook/COCC
Hole Number 5
Jeff Rosen - NES Group, Inc.
Hole Number 15
Jeff Gagnon - Navigant Credit Union
Hole Number 17
Jeff Rosen - NES Group, Inc.

After dinner, Dennis DeJesus, executive director, Special Olympics Rhode Island, with Special Olympics Rhode Island athlete Michael Lucca, accepted the "Special Check for $65,000" from David Dupéré, Association Social Responsibility Committee Chairman, Special Olympics board member, and executive vice president/COO, Wave Federal Credit Union; and Paul Gentile, Association president.  Dennis expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the Association and member credit unions.  "Special Olympics Rhode Island is proud of our partnership with the Credit Union Association of Rhode Island.  Through your year-round fundraising efforts, you support the concepts of acceptance, inclusion, and respect for those individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Thank you to the member credit unions of the Credit Union Association of Rhode Island.  Your generosity and support is a testament to the credit union philosophy of helping people and a value we highly regard within the Special Olympics Rhode Island community."

Platinum Sponsors:
Greenwood Credit Union
Navigant Credit Union
Pawtucket Credit Union
People's Credit Union
Wave Federal Credit Union
Westerly Community Credit Union
Credit Union Association of Rhode Island
The Kelliher Corbett Group at Morgan Stanley
Partridge Snow & Hahn, LLP
Gold Sponsors:
PGE Federal Credit Union
CUNA Mutual Group
Silver Sponsors:
Rhode Island Credit Union
Connecticut On-Line Computer Center (COCC)
Bronze Sponsors:
Cranston Municipal Employees Credit Union
CO-OP Financial Services
Tee Sponsors:
Blackstone River Federal Credit Union
Colagiovanni Law Associates (3 tee sponsors)
McCorry and Gannon, P.C. (2 tee sponsors)
OM Financial Group (2 tee sponsors)
Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union
AAA Southern New England
The Angell Pension Group, Inc.
Beretta Realty Company 
Cathedral Corporation
Darling Consulting Group, Inc.
Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP
Harland Clarke
Integrated Financial Partners
London Health Administrators, Ltd.
NES Group, Inc.
New England Mechanical
New England Money Handling Systems, Inc.
Ocean State Janitorial Service, Inc.
Performance Trust Capital Partners, LLC
UFCW Union Local 328
Vantage Strategies
Wolf & Company, P.C.
Crestwood Country Club
Cumulus Media
Diebold, Inc.
Marianne Gaige
John Hancock Investments
NBC 10
Precision Business Forms, Ltd.
S. Roberts Specialty Company, Inc.
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