Hope Lodge Invitational attracts 120 golfers, raises $150,000

Winning foursome at the 2013 Boston Hope Lodge Invitational

On Tuesday, September 10, the American Cancer Society hosted its 8th annual Hope Lodge Boston Invitational, raising $150,000 to support the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston, a program of the Society.  Despite grey skies and a few raindrops, 120 players in 30 foursomes took to the world-renowned championship course at The Country Club in Brookline, MA, where the USGA held the U.S. Amateur Championship in August. 
The 2013 winning foursome was Steve DuFour of Wellesley, MA (second from right); G. Maurice DuFour of Chevy Chase, MD (second from left); Paul Mauk of Williamsburg, VA (far left); and Brian Johnston of Potomac, MD (far right).  Their names will be inscribed on the Hope Lodge Invitational Cup, and will appear alongside the winners of the seven previous tournaments. 
Following the tournament, a special reception was held to celebrate the participants and honor the Hope Lodge.  Three Lodge guests, Fran Kokonowski of East Harwich, MA and Carla and Skip Miller of Farmington, ME spoke to the participants about their stay at the Lodge and the importance it played in their cancer journey.  Peg Camp, Executive Vice President and New England Division Operating Officer, and Bryan Harter, Senior Director, Hope Lodge Program, were on-hand to recognize the participants for their support of the tournament and the Hope Lodge.  The evening was complete with cupcakes to celebrate the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday. 
The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston, is a "home away from home" for patients traveling more than 40 miles to their outpatient treatments. For many, treatment at medical centers in Boston offers the greatest hope of beating their cancer. However, the cost of traveling far from home and then facing the expense of hotels, meals, and transportation, can make that option prohibitive for many. There is no charge to stay at the Lodge, for either the patient or his or her caregiver.  The Hope Lodge allows patients to focus on what matters most, their recovery.  To learn more visit cancer.org/hopelodgeboston

Fred Hussey and Kevin Bannan, chairs of the Boston Hope Lodge Invitational
8th Annual Hope Lodge Boston Invitational volunteer co-chairs Fred Hussey (left) and Kevin Bannan (right).  Fred and Kevin have been co-chairing the Invitational since 2008. 

$50,000 Grant from Arbella Insurance Foundation benefits the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston