Golfers hit the course to raise funds for Shriners Hospital

Hampden County

Dozens of retired men and women took to the golf course on Monday to help the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield.

They call themselves the Safari Club of Golf and they devoted the day at the Springfield Country Club in West Springfield to raise money for the Shriners Hospital. Just last week the Safari Club donated $25,000 to the Shriners Radiothon.

“We do a lot more than play golf,” Safari Club member Bruce Witter told 22News. “We wanted to make ourselves have a purpose in life. We’re basically seniors. We’re not washed up; we’re still worth something.”

“We’re going to take care of 12,500 children this year and we do it regardless of the families ability to pay,” Shriners Hospital Administrator Lee Kirk explained.

During the past three years, members of the Safari Club of Golf have raised $80,000 to benefit the hospital.

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