FRAMINGHAM – The inaugural Framingham Flyer Athletic Golf Tournament at Framingham Athletic Club yesterday, Sept. 25 raised almost $14,000 for athletics, said organizer Jim Kelly.
Kelly, who is a School Committee member, approached Framingham High athletic Director Paul Spear with the idea, after he heard his budget was down $100,000 after the Framingham School Committee voted in 2016 to begin reducing the athletic fee.
In February 2016, the Framingham School Committee voted to reduce the athletic fee at Framingham High from $225 per sport to $110 per sport per athlete. This year the fee is just $100.
MutualOne Bank signed on as the tournament sponsor and donated $10,000. Avidia Bank donated $2,500. Realtor Phil Ottaviani donated $1,250.
“The tourney is a great opportunity to create some community spirit and raise money for the things that will provide our student athletes with a great experience,” said Spear, who said the high school has about 1,200 athletes participating in more than 30 sports.
Spear, was one of about 60 golfers, who participated.
The golfing team of John Duffy, Anne Harrington, Dave Harrington, and John Malatesta won the tournament by one point.
After the tournament, there was a dinner, with a silent auction for Bruins tickets and raffles.
“It was a good first outing,” said Kelly, who along with his wife donated made a donation to the tournament.
In full transparency: Petroni Media Company, the owner of Framingham Source, was the media sponsor. Framingham Source was one of the tee/hole sponsors. And my daughter is an athlete at Framingham High.
“The money raised will benefit all athletes at Framingham High,” said Spear.