Annual McDonald’s Golf Classic raises $60,000 for local pediatric cancer center

BANGOR – More than 100 golfers from Greater Bangor and beyond gathered at Bangor Municipal Golf Course on Monday, Aug. 23 for the Heroes, Hope, Healing McDonald’s Golf Classic in support of Northern Light Pediatric Cancer Care.

More than 20 teams played in a scramble format, bringing in an estimated $60,000. The enormous success of the event was due to the teams and the many sponsors of the event. After running the tournament for 12 years, the total amount raised has surpassed $500,000 and is now approaching $600,000.

“Every year I’m thrilled with the tremendous support this event is getting from local players and businesses,” said Gary Eckmann, owner/operator of local McDonald’s. “While we have made great strides in childhood cancer treatment, the need to support the children and families going through treatment and recovery remains.”

Presented by Bangor Savings Bank, the Golf Classic began with a goal to support the McDonald’s Playroom and Parent Room at the Raish Peavey Haskell Children’s Cancer and Treatment Center at Northern Light Pediatric Cancer Care.

In addition to supporting the Children’s Cancer Center, the tournament now underwrites the costs of Camp Hope, which provides children who are or have been treated for cancer or blood disorders the opportunity to enjoy summer camp experiences in an environment tailored to their care needs. Camp Hope is a partnership of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and the Bangor Y. Thanks to Golf Classic supporters, there is no cost to campers and their families to attend the camp. This year’s camp session has been canceled due to COVID-19 but when it resumes funding will be available.

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