Big donation

Benson Area Food Bank Director of Operations Jack Reilly and President Joy Reilly, at center, received the donation from Rotarians, from left, Rosemarie Detweiler, Danielle Peterson, Mahlon MacKenzie, Layne Nelson, Cory East, Lyndon Denton, and Glenn Nichols.

Benson Area Food Bank received a $5,000 donation from Benson Rotary, funds raised through the Swing Into Spring Golf Tournament.

With $7,200 raised through the 17th annual tournament held May 11, the endeavor has been hailed another success. The additional $2,200 will help to benefit other causes.

Approximately 40 golfers enjoyed a day on the links followed by lunch at St. Pedro Golf Course. Golfers not only took home a goodie bag but numerous raffle prizes and a couple of silent auction items.

“Benson Rotary has a long history of doing good things in Benson,” stated Rotary President Lyndon Denton. “We were established in 1944, making us the second oldest club in Arizona. We have been doing this golf tournament for 17 years. It started with raising money to buy frozen turkeys to give to the food bank. In recent years we have switched to the spring and increased the amount of the donation.”

David Bryan, tournament chairman, noted, “This golf tournament is a lot of fun to work on and we always have great donations. This year was no exception. The staff at the golf course had the course in great shape, took great care of us, and served a marvelous lunch. It was also great to have good weather.”

“One golfer from Tucson remarked on what great shape the golf course was in, and how much fun it was to play. He said he will return to play more golf with his friends and enjoy a great meal.”

Benson Rotary meets at Benson Hospital, 450 S. Ocotillo Ave., for lunch every Wednesday at noon.

Rotary supports numerous projects annually: Dictionaries for third-graders (will be 16 years), building and maintaining three little free libraries, donations to school teachers, and scholarships for high school students. For more information, call (520) 221-3122 or benrotary@theriver.com. “Better yet, join us at a meeting to see what we really do.”

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