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  • Wentworth-Douglass Charity Classic raises $256,000 to support Wentworth-Douglass Women & Children's Center

    DOVER—On Tuesday, June 22, golfers took to the green at Cochecho Country Club in Dover for the 27th Annual Wentworth-Douglass Charity Classic presented by UnitedHealthcare. The event raises funds for programs and equipment at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Women and Children’s Center. This was the largest tournament in the event’s history. The tournament sold out only six weeks after registration opened in March, prompting organizers to offer a double shot gun start for the first time with morning and afternoon start times to accommodate interested golfers.

    “We are thrilled with the response,” said chair of the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation Board of directors, M. Jacqueline Eastwood, “This event raises critical funds for the Women and Children’s Center that allows our clinical team to provide the highest level of care to pregnant and postpartum mothers and their babies.” Eastwood added, “We are grateful to our community, our corporate sponsors, our golfers and volunteers who helped make this our largest, most successful tournament to date. We are thrilled to announce we have raised $256,386, a 12 percent fundraising increase over 2020. This generous support makes an incredible impact for our smallest and most vulnerable patients.”   

    The Charity Classic welcomed more than 174 golfers for a great day of 18 holes of golf at Cochecho Country Club. Morning golfers teed up for an 8 a.m. start followed by an awards luncheon and program. Afternoon golfers enjoyed a separate awards dinner and program to celebrate. Both groups had the chance to win a raffle prize and bid on trips, weekend getaways, spa packages and other items during a live auction and through the online auction sponsored by Newburyport Bank. 

    A favorite tradition of the Charity Classic is the Fund-A-Need program, which raises funds for specific strategic needs of the Women and Children’s Center. This year, the goal of the Fund-A-Need was to raise $20,000 to purchase a Rapid Transfuser and Infant Warmer; both critical pieces of equipment to save the lives of mothers experiencing postpartum hemorrhaging and newborn babies in distress.
     
    “We are humbled by the support generated for our Fund-A-Need Program,” said president and CEO of Nessit, Wentworth-Douglass Foundation Board Member, and Co-Chair of the Wentworth-Douglass Charity Classic Committee, Geoffrey Ness. “Our goal was to raise $20,000 and I am pleased to share that we raised over $32,000 from this generous group of golfers!”

    Ness stated that with the extra funds they will purchase several ‘halo bassinets’ for the Women and Children’s Center. This mobile bassinet can be positioned over or alongside a hospital bed drastically decreasing the risk of infant falls or drops. It allows a mother to care for her infant safely and securely and is especially helpful after a cesarean delivery when movement is limited. 

    The winners of the Charity Classic received a trophy and green jackets. The 2021 winning foursome came in 18 under par and was represented by Chad Kageleiry (Summit Land Development), John Sullivan (Summit Land Development), Larry Raiche (Raiche & Company, CPAs) and Brett Wilson (Oracle).



    Pictured above Winning Charity Classic Foursome (from left to right): Brett Wilson (Oracle), Tim Loch (Cochecho Country Club, stepping in for John Sullivan of Summit Land Development), Stephen Delaney (Sodexo, 2021 Green Jacket Sponsor), Chad Kageleiry (Summit Land Development), and Larry Raiche (Raiche & Company, CPAs). 

    Special thanks to the Charity Classic presenting sponsor UnitedHealthcare and the many other sponsors that helped to make the day a success. The 2021 Charity Classic sponsors include: LOCALiQ; Demoulas Foundation; Hamel Marcin Dunn Reardon & Shea, PC; Summit Land Development; Newburyport Bank; First Seacoast Bank; Ocean Properties; Rand-Whitney Container; Service Credit Union; Sodexo; RoundTower Technologies; Dell Technologies; Saltwater Collective; ALPCO; Nessit; Dermatology & Skin Health; Eastern Bank; Seacoast Emergency Physicians; Sprague Floor Covering; Stewart's Ambulance Service; Stonewall Kitchen; Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Medical Staff; Somersworth Nissan; Sysmex America; Binnie Media; Holy Rosary Credit Union; Knights Construction LLC; Moores Crane Rental; Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network; Omada Technologies; Real Property Management Seacoast NH; Relyco; Seacoast Dermatology, PLLC; Vigilant Capital Management; Cross Insurance – Portsmouth; Fox Hill Landscapes; Garrison Women's Health; Piscataqua Savings Bank; Raiche & Company CPAs; Tom Levasseur, The Beacon Retirement Group; Townsquare Media; TriNet Healthcare Consultants; Bangor Savings Bank; Central Park Garage; Dupont's Service Center; Firehouse Subs; Flagship Press; Mason Driving Instruction, LLC; Port City Pretzels; and Loxsmith Bagels.