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Padula tournament coming to an end

TICONDEROGA-After a decade, the Dan Padula Memorial Golf Classic will end.

The 10th - and final - tournament will be played Saturday, June 11, at the Ticonderoga Country Club.

The golf outing supports the Dan Padula Memorial Fund, which awards scholarships, supports community health education and provides funding to those in need. The fund is named for Dan Padula, a Ticonderoga physician assistant who died in 2010.

While the golf tournament is ending, the Padula fund will continue to fund scholarships.

"We started the fund to support students, to educate and to be a philanthropic force," Robert Berrick, a fund director, said. "We have done what we set out to do. Through our nine previous tournaments we were able to succeed with our mission and put a little away for the future. We've managed to save enough to keep our scholarship going for another 15 years.

"There are a growing number in the community that have never heard Dan's name before and, quite frankly, with the economy the way it is we all are suffering from donor fatigue," he added. "We on the board of the directors are realists. Ten is a nice round number. Let's pull out all the stops, put on a great final tournament and call it a day."

During the past decade the Dan Padula Memorial Fund has awarded $10,000 in scholarships, provided eight community health education programs and donated more than $3,000 to promote handicap access and offset catastrophic health care expenses.

At the 2009 golf tournament the fund presented $2,300 to Jon McIntyre of Putnam to purchase new prostheses. McIntyre lost an arm and leg in a farm accident at age 8, but still became an avid golfer.

This year proceeds from the golf tournament will go to the Ticonderoga Emergency Squad building fund. Construction of a new EMS facility is expected to start this year at the former Ti High School property between The Portage and Lake Champlain Avenue.

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