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Skaneateles Chamber, Lions raise $12,000 during golf tournament

The "members only" signs that line the road winding up to hole 1 of the Skaneateles Country Club did not apply Monday May 24, as golfers chipped for charity at the annual Charity Golf Tournament.

"I think it's a wonderful networking situation," said volunteer Jo Werner. "You bring people from the community in from all walks of life and they come together because they care about the community and doing good things."

According to Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sue Dove, the tournament raised approximately $12,000 for local projects -- $3,600 will go to the Skaneateles Chamber's Economic Development/Community Docks Program, $3,600 to the Skaneateles Lions Scholarship Program and $4,800 to Tri-County Lakes Pure Water Association for milfoil eradication.

Jo Werner's husband, Bob, is treasurer of the Tri-County Association.

"I met some people that I know have been very interested in the milfoil situation, and I met them today," Jo Werner said.

The tournament was put on by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club.

"Five or six years ago we decided to merge our tournaments into one and work together, and it's worked out great," Dove said. "We have a lot more manpower, and plus, there's just so many tournaments out there that we thought it was just easier on the community, on all our sponsors, to not be asking twice."

The tournament's cash prizes of $200 went to the winning teams in three divisions. Winners in the men's were Dan Michael, David Wood, Jim Navarra and Chris Welch; in the mixed, Larry Rothenberg, Jake Rothenberg, John Menapace and Amy Menapace; and in the women's, Eloise Luchsinger, Sandra Schmidt, Candace Searing and Dove.

Larry Palmieri won $345 in the 50/50 raffle and donated it all back to milfoil eradication.

In a day of contests, none were more enticing than the one being monitored by Bob Werner. As a volunteer, his task for the day was to watch the first hole for a hole-in-one -- good for a prize of $10,000.

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