The Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647 recently hosted its 13th annual golf tournament to benefit the Mayville Food Pantry.
Don Skellie, VFW post commander, and Bonnie Skellie chaired the event. They presented the proceeds of $3,200 to Bonnie Smith, Mayville Food Pantry coordinator.
Mrs. Smith expressed appreciation to the post and the community.
From left are Bonnie Smith, Mayville Food Pantry director; Bonnie Skellie and Don Skellie, Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW?Post 8647 commander, following the post’s recent golf tournament. Money raised was donated to the food pantry.
She reported an increasing number of families using the services offered by the Mayville Food Pantry, especially those with children.
Nearly 200 households are provided with food each year; most of those families have jobs, but "just cannot stretch their food budget to last through the end of the month due to rising grocery, utility and gasoline costs," she said. Federal poverty guidelines are used to determine eligibility.
Located at 99 S. Erie St., the Mayville Food Pantry is affiliated with St. Paul's Episcopal Church. All parishes and service organizations located within the Chautauqua Lake Central School District have a representative on the food pantry's board. The food pantry is open from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The Skellies thanked VFW Post, Ladies Auxiliary, Men's Auxiliary, and the club members for their generosity. Dick McMaster, club manager, made many behind the scenes arrangements and got donations from vendors.
The winning men's team was Tim Lehman, Gary Arnold, Doug Mason and John Coe. The winning mixed team was Doug Johnson, Amy Johnson, Scott Johnson and Tracy Johnson, who also won the only skin and donated the $100 winnings back to the tournament.
Longest putt for men was Ron Carlson and for women was by Val Nelson; the longest drive for men was by Craig Martin and Joyce Mathews for women. Closest to the pin for men was Larry Crossley and Mary Ann Lescynski for women.
Giveaway ticket winners were Summer Wind Cruise, Larry Canuley; Webb's Captain's Table, Rick Weilacher; Red Lobster, Karen Olson; Murdock's Family Restaurant, Larry Canuley; Lakeview Hotel, Joe Paterdi; Hand-crafted glider, Jim Chipman; Cross Creek Resort Package, Bill Larson; Basket of Cheer, Charlie Ours. Larry Picker won the 50/50 drawing. Ray Cenni won high poker hand and Bob Trosler the low hand.
Sponsors and donors included: A' Automotive; William Travis American Legion Post 493; Bernard Anderson; Atlas Energy; Blanch's Fruit Stand; Certo Brothers Distributors; Chautauqua Golf Club; Cross Creek Resort; Empire Energy, LLC; Evans Discount Liquors & Wines; Arthur R. Gren Co., Inc.; Paul and Juanita Holthouse; Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647; VFW Post 8647 Ladies Auxiliary; VFW Post 8647 Men's Auxiliary; Lakeview Hotel; Maplevale Farms Food Service Distributor; Mar-Mar Wine and Spirits; Mayville Auto Parts; Mayville Hardware; Mayville Servicenter; Mayshark Builders, Inc.; Murdock's Family Restaurant; Bruce and Valerie Nelson; Northwest Savings Bank; R & R Landscaping; Red Lobster; Salamanca Area Beverage Co.; Shear Style; Sons of American Legion Squadron 556 (Frewsburg); Stewart's Construction; Summer Wind Paradise Yacht Cruises; Tops Markets Mayville; UAW Local 338 Veteran's Committee; UAW Local 338 Women's Committee; and Webb's Captain's Table Restaurant and Resort.
Volunteers included: Delaney Bemis, Staci Bemis, Fred Buxton, Amy Cessna, Deb Costlow, Gary Counts, Clara Dunbar, Steve and Ginger Edwards, Cindy Hall, Doug Johnson, Tina Hetrick, Tim Jacobson, Autumn Maring, Bruce and Valerie Nelson, Harold Norton, Clair Ohls, Deb Parker, Eileen Powers, and Paul and Kris Yeskey.