Event Organizer Seth Rotberg, a friend of Jake's from UMass Amherst, said there were 148 golfers that participated in this first annual event that raised more than $15,000. Many were Jake's best friends from Stoughton and from UMass Amherst.
Jake was a Stoughton High Class of 2009 member who was set to graduate from UMass Amherst last May, but tragically passed away in an off-campus apartment complex fire the day before classes were to begin at UMass on Jan. 21.
Rotberg was very happy with the positive spirit that permeated the event. He tells About Town, "With the money we raised we plan on making a scholarship in Jake's name at UMass, so that he will forever live on at school.The event was very successful and we had a beautiful day of weather. Probably, the best weather anyone could ever ask for. After the golf tournament, we had a dinner which also included a raffle and silent auction."
Seth says the Hoffman family was very happy about the turnout and success of the event. They plan on having the scholarship benefit a student with aspirations to complete a degree in hospitality and tourism management (same as Jake), with a special interest in student clubs and activities.
Rotberg hopes the event will continue every year, becoming more successful with each successive year. He says he originally planned to do this event to "help keep Jake's spirit around us," and knew that Jake would have done the same for him if the roles were reversed. Hoffman's friends and family still deeply mourn the loss of this personable young man with the big smile. His final resting place in Evergreen Cemetery has a regular procession of young men and women there every day.
GOING BALD FOR A CAUSE: Christopher Corbin, the son-in-law of Dennis and Lorraine McCarthy (the dynamic former duo behind the success of Friends for Seniors), is trying to raise $2,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Be Bold, Be Bald Foundation. As he tells me, “I will be physically shaving my head. However the organization mails everyone who signs up a ‘Bald Cap’, so that you could still participate without going completely bald yourself.”
Lorraine tells me that she thought she might have lost Dennis to cancer in February on their 39th anniversary (when he was put into a medical coma), but the folks at Dana Farber are really helping him in his battle against liver and lung cancer, Incidentally, he never drank or smoked, either. If you would like to make a donation, go to Chris’ page at http://beboldbebald.org/profile/3433. For information, contact Chris via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We send our prayers to Dennis for a full recovery.
SAVE SOME PANCAKES FOR ME! It’s that time again! Bonnie Abrams Biederman Bradshaw of the Stoughton Lions Club reminds me that the annual Lions Club Annual Pancake Breakfast is coming this weekend! The all-you-can-eat culinary adventure is at the VFW Post 1645 (in Stoughton Center) Sunday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon.. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. Enjoy! And, don't forget the butter and syrup!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to: Fred Yaitanes and Nadine Israel, the Fred & Nadine Real Estate Team. To Richard and Gail Roth. Both Stoughton couples celebrated yesterday
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to Kim Parsons, daughter of Joyce and the late Bob Parsons. Kimberly, a star gymnast and one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet, is an assistant gymnastics coach at the University of Pennsylvania. Her brother Jonathan, is assistant women’s basketball coach at Brown University. Of course, Bob was known as Mr. 4th of July here in Stoughton. Joyce was Mrs. P.O.P.S. Kim celebrated yesterday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY to Sandy Desmond, long-time youth cheerleading coach, and wife of Bob Desmond, former Chairman of the Stoughton Community Events Committee. And, to Stoughton Fire Department Lt. Jim Campbell.