Golf outing will honor and raise money for 9/11 victims’ families

SPRINGFIELD — This September will mark the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the heroism that followed. In remembrance of that day, Raymond James in Springfield and Pittsfield is proud to be one of the major sponsors for the special Western Massachusetts 9/11 Tribute Golf Outing, a fund-raiser honoring the families of 9/11.

The event will take place at The Ranch Golf Course in Southwick on Sept. 9 with a shotgun start and scramble format at noon. Funds raised will support the Daniel P. Trant Scholarship Fund; the Jean D. Roger College Scholarship Fund; and the Wounded Warrior Amputee Sports Teams (WWAST), which are comprised of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans wounded in action.

Daniel Trant, a Westfield native, lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001, while working in New York City as a stockbroker at Cantor Fitzgerald in One World Trade Center. The beloved father, husband, son and brother was a two-time Division III All-American at Clark University, and a 1984 NBA draft pick by the Boston Celtics, which at the time led by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. Members of Trant’s family will be joining the golfers during the tournament.

Roger, a native of Longmeadow, was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, which terrorists used to crash into the World Trade Center that same day. She was an accomplished golfer and swimmer at Longmeadow High School, where the pool was re-named in her honor. She attended Penn State University, where a scholarship was created in her name. Members of her family will also be in attendance at the Sept. 9 event.

The WWAST, which was recently featured on HBO and in Sports Illustrated, was created to demonstrate that the loss of a limb does not mean an athlete’s career is over. United States Marine Corps Sgt. William “Spanky” Gibson and United States Army Sgt. Greg Reynolds, both of the WWAST, will join golfers on this day.

The Springfield and Pittsfield branches of Raymond James, one of the largest independent financial services firms in the United States, are major contributors to the event and will host a special contest called “Beat the Street.” The contest will allow all golfers registered for the event a chance to win $10,000 by predicting, to the closest one-hundredth of a point, the closing Dow Jones Industrial Average on the following Sept. 12.

There will be other fun contests at the fund- and awareness-raising event, including a Hole-in-One contest, and an auction featuring a trip for two to the Super Bowl, including tickets, airfare, and hotel for four nights; a trip for two to the Final Four, including tickets, airfare, and hotel for four nights; and a trip for two to the Daytona 500 or the Kentucky Derby, including tickets, airfare and hotel for three nights.

“We feel this is a significant event that supports important scholarship funds and groups that honor and assist those who made many sacrifices on 9/11 and since that tragic day,” Vincent L. Petrangelo, AIF, WMS, branch manager of Raymond James in Springfield, said. “During the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, we are grateful to have the opportunity to support this event and offer some added excitement for those who are registered to play.”

The anniversary week is also intended to heighten awareness of the many young men and women of this country who have volunteered for military service since 9/11. To assist in bringing attention to this worthy event, celebrities from various sports will be donating their time to play the links with area golfers. At press time, these celebrities include Rick Barry, Travis Best, Michael Leon “ML” Carr, Dave Cowens, Greg Kite, Kevin Stacom and Sam Vincent, all from the National Basketball Association; Jim Bouton, Bill Lee, Bob Stanley, Billy Jo Robidoux, Mike Trombley, and Matt White, representing Major League Baseball; Wayne Cashman, Mike Corrigan, Scott Daniels, Ken Linseman, Bob Logan, Donnie Marcotte, Matt Ravlich, and Bobby Schmautz from the National Hockey League; and, representing the National Football League, Joe Andruzzi, Matt Chatham, Steve DeOssie, Tim Fox, Kenny Gamble, Isaiah Kacyvenski, Bruce Laird, Joe Nash, Jermaine Wiggins and Garo Yepremian.

Also present at the event will be popular sportscaster Lesley Visser of CBS Sports, a South Hadley native and the first woman to receive the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, which she did in 2006. Visser will be joined by abc40’s news anchor Dave Madsen.

Raymond James is joining three other primary patrons for this tribute, including Excel Dryers, Horizon Beverages, and Mestek.

For more information, contact Marc Leonard, executive director of the Western Massachusetts 9/11 Tribute at 885-7522.

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