HCC Golf Advantage raises $ 50,000 for scholarships

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Almost $ 50,000 was raised at a charity golf scholarship event at Holyoke Community College.

On September 13, after a one-year hiatus, the HCC Foundation Golf Classic welcomed 90 golfers to Springfield Country Club for its annual fundraising tournament.

This year’s event raised approximately $ 49,536, which is $ 10,000 more than the last event in 2019. Epstein Financial Services played an important role and contributed over $ 25,000. Over the past 34 years, the golf classic has raised nearly $ 600,000 for scholarships, support programs and classroom technology.

“The return of the HCC Foundation golf tournament will certainly be one of the highlights of 2021,” said Amanda Sbriscia, vice president of institutional advancement at HCC and executive director of the HCC Foundation, the arm of HCC non-profit fundraiser. “We had a perfect day on a beautiful golf course, where we were able to come together to support the students at HCC. Connecting in person with our alumni, local business leaders and friends was such a joy, and we are truly grateful for the generosity of our community.

HCC student Angel Vargas said he was among the first recipients of the HCC Foundation Bienvenidos Latinx Fellowship, which he first received for the fall semester of 2021.

“As a student from another country, I was at a great disadvantage when it comes to higher education finances,” said Vargas, a computer science student originally from the Dominican Republic and now living in Springfield. “Here at HCC, I received scholarships and participated in student programs that not only helped me stay in school, but made me work even harder.”

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