By Jennie Acklin
A sold out event. 236 golfers are registered for the first annual Eddie Szpaicher Golf Tournament next Wednesday, July 18 at Holiday Valley Resort. Quite a tribute to our friend Ed. Big Eddie was a huge part of our community, and when he suddenly passed away last January, many people needed a BIG way to memorialize him.
So the idea of a scholarship fund and an annual golf tournament to fund the scholarship started taking form. An incredible number of volunteers have made this happen over the past several months. To date, over $15,000 has been donated to the scholarship fund, which will go to two college bound Ellicottville Central School seniors, with consideration given to academics and athletics. Anyone can donate in the name of the scholarship at M&T Bank in Ellicottville.
Bob McCarthy started building things to be raffled – he’s good at that. He built a 97 square foot Poet’s Cottage, which has been on display in the village since March. It will be moved down to the Depot for the Tuesday night raffles, pizza and wings party, music by Weekly Notice Band and a lot of other fun. It all starts at 6:00 pm at the Depot – tickets are $25 per person.
The actual tournament gets underway Wednesday at 7:00am with registration, and an 8:00 am shotgun start. The second flight starts at 1:00pm. Over 60 hole sponsors have signed up – all friends of Big Eddie, and wanting to be a part of this terrific community event. As everyone finishes on the golf course, the event moves over to Holimont at 6:00pm for appetizers and cocktails, dinner, and auction and entertainment by Only Humen. Over 250 reservations have been made so far – and is sure to be a memorable evening. The list of silent auction items include weekend stays at Tamarack and Holiday Valley, greens fees at Moonbrook CC, Springville CC, numerous gift certificates, skis, Sabres gear, plane rides, an autographed Jim Kelly football, an authentic Joe Namath signed jersey……..(it’s a loooong list!)
Anyone wishing to donate to the scholarship can do so at M&T Bank, or send checks to the Ed Szpaicher Scholarship Fund, PO Box 131, Ellicottville NY 14731. Go to www.bigedgolf.com for more information.