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Athenex builders, NCCF raise $65,000 for organizations

Non-profits win big in golf tourney

Submitted Photo Richard Ketcham, president of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, and Lee Ogle, project director for Exyte USA Inc., display a check for Dunkirk’s charitable organizations.

Dunkirk’s non-profit community is benefiting from a golf tournament held last week at Shorewood Country Club.

The Athenex Construction Team and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation teamed up for the Divots for Dunkirk Golf Tournament. Dunkirk charitable organizations will benefit from the more than $65,000 raised from this tournament.

Some 140 golfers registered for this event. Joining the golfers as they registered and enjoyed lunch were Lala and Lucy from Lakeshore Humane Society accompanied by volunteers Bob Ehrheart and Rich Carpenter.

The following nonprofit organizations were the major winners for the day: Lakeshore Humane Society, Camp Gross Foundation, Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County, Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County, the Dunkirk Senior Center, Chautauqua Adult Day Services in Dunkirk, St. Columban’s On the Lake, Revitalize Dunkirk, Historical Society of Dunkirk, Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels, Hispanics Organization for Progress and Education (HOPE), Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, The Chautauqua Center, and El Rigby Theater.

During the tournament dinner, Lee Ogle, project director for Exyte USA, Inc., thanked everyone for participating and for their generosity.

“All the subcontractors and suppliers supporting the Athenex construction project are pleased to be able to support the Dunkirk community,” Ogle said. “Our goal is to provide a world-class facility, bringing new opportunities to the Dunkirk area, while allowing Athenex to develop and provide leading-edge oncology treatments.”

Guest speakers Ehrheart and Hector Rosas of HOPE, spoke about their nonprofit organizations and how they support the local community.

Mayor Wilfred Rosas was enthusiastic about what is happening in Dunkirk and the importance of working together to strengthen Dunkirk. “I want to thank Lee and Carrie Ogle, NCCF, all the contractors involved, and everyone who participated in this event. This group has already raised over $100,000 for our community in northern Chautauqua County! To see all the local organizations that will benefit from these funds is certainly something our community is very grateful for.”

Diane Hannum, NCCF executive director, praised Carrie Ogle from Exyte U.S., Inc., and the event committee for their hard work. She talked about the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation’s history and its mission. Rick Ketcham, NCCF Board President, also thanked the team and accepted the presentation check from Lee Ogle for $60,000.

Major sponsors of this tournament included John W. Danforth Company, Ferguson Electric Construction Co., Stone Bridge Iron, Steel Inc. and Seneca Steel Erectors Inc., Lotusworks, LTD, Performance Contracting Inc., and the 34 Group, Inc., especially Thurman Thomas for his donations and participation in the tournament.

Participants also included: SRI Fire Protection, U&S, St. George, The State Group, Midwest Steel Inc., Huber Construction Inc., AW Farrell & Sons Inc., Athenex Inc., Mader Construction Co. Inc., FSR Contracting, Inc., Lynn Associates Inc., TPS Propane, Iroquois Bar Co., Heritage Contract Flooring LLC, ASI Signs Innovations, DFT Communications, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Eaton Corporation, Bison Elevator Service Inc., DeSpirt Mosaic & Marble Co. Inc., Fredonia Beaver Club, Genesis Engineering Inc., Clark Patterson Lee, Modular Comfort Systems, Kim Industries, The Pike Company, and Exyte U.S., Inc.

On the links, first place went to Modular Comfort Systems, second place was The State Group, and in third place was ASI Signs Innovations. Chuck Dye won for the longest drive, and the closest to the pin was Rich Dilloto.

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