HITS Foundation supported by couples’ golf tournament at Concord Crest Golf Course July 14
A 50/50 raffle was won by Frank Larracuente from the RA Mercer Group, who donated his winnings back to the HITS Foundation. Sally Zerfas of West Valley took home an autographed No. 36 Patrick Kaleta Buffalo Sabres jersey.
When all 18 holes had been played, the golfers celebrated with a steak dinner.
“We are hoping to make this an annual event,” Seeley said, adding that the HITS Foundation would like to bring the tournament back to Springville, next year. “We really liked the course that we were at. People had a lot of fun there, so next year, we will look at going back to Concord Crest.”
All of the proceeds from the tournament were designated to the foundation and to support its various programs, including its annual adopt-a-family holiday event and the building of a sports complex in the village of Springville.
“We want people to get a real awareness of the complex that we are raising money to bring into the community,” Seeley said, noting that the facility will include more than an ice rink. “The foundation can’t stress enough that it’s ... much bigger than that. It will have a great impact on the community.”
Once completed, the facility will be a space for many types of sporting events, including football, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, some indoor baseball and challenger leagues. “Seniors that want to be able to get out of their homes in the winter can come and walk around the [indoor turf] and have a place to get out of the cold to exercise,” Seeley said. The complex will also offer educational and parenting programs. “It’s not just for kids, but it will also be for adults, as well,” she added.
The Buffalo Bisons hosted the First Annual Bisons Outing with Patrick Kaleta on June 29. Kaleta threw out the first pitch, hung out in the announcer’s booth for an inning and signed autographs for fans. A portion of the ticket sales was donated to the HITS Foundation.
That evening, families camped out on the field overnight to enjoy a movie on Coca-Cola Field’s jumbo screen. In the morning, they partook of coffee and donuts, courtesy of Tim Horton’s. “Want to say thank you to all my fans who came out and supported my HITS Foundation and the Buffalo Bisons!” Kaleta posted on the HITS Foundation Facebook page the next day. “Had a great time and hope to do it next year!”