GOLF TOURNAMENT UPDATE
We hope that this message finds you and your family happy and healthy in these unprecedented times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to hold our annual golf tournament on August 3rd.
Suffice to say that we've been at the mercy of the pandemic and state of RI official public health policies, especially regarding mass gatherings. All that said, we have some positive news to share about the 2020 London/Riley Memorial Golf Tournament fundraiser. The executive board created a contingency plan earlier this year and reserved Cranston Country Club for Monday, October 5th, as a back-up date in hopes of still holding the tournament. Thankfully, the COVID-19 numbers in RI are currently trending in the right direction as the state continues to move ahead with the phased reopening, including increasing the number of people allowed at public gatherings. We also have the added advantage of Cranston CC having ample outdoor space to utilize.
There's still plenty of logistics to figure out, and the executive board will continue heeding the state's official policy on mass public gatherings and public health expert's advice as we determine how many people Cranston CC can accommodate both for golf as well as the awards/raffle dinner post-golf. Another positive item to report is that we received the usual amount of scholarship applicants by the submission deadline and there are many worthy applicants to choose from. S
Lastly, given our recipients are obviously cancer patients/survivors or siblings of that population, we'll need to think VERY CAREFULLY and CAUTIOUSLY about how we handle awarding the scholarships this year. We'll most likely need to leverage technology to award the scholarships rather than presenting them in person.
We will be providing additional updates as they become available on this site and via email in the coming months. Most importantly, for now, please STAY SAFE and let's LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER in this challenging moment for our country and the world.
Scott London and Chris Riley were two enthusiastic young students with an appetite for learning. The second graders displayed a wonderful zest for learning and enthusiasm for interacting with their classmates and teachers, not to mention a boyish curiosity that never left them even during their treatments.
Following their deaths from cancer their families created The Scott London/Christopher Riley Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor the boy’s love of schooling. Under the Scholarship Fund guidelines, Cancer survivors and members of their immediate family are eligible for aid.
In 1989 Mary Riley and Joyce London granted one $500 award. Due to the extensive fundraising efforts, they are now able to award numerous $4,000 scholarships annually. Every penny donated is used for the fund. In total, the fund has given out over $325,000 in scholarship monies.
Paul, one of our scholars, battled bone cancer as a child. He graduated from Harvard School of Medicine in 2005. He just completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is in a Fellowship at Beth Israel. He is now a practicing gastroenterologist in Dartmouth Massachusetts. Another scholar, Eric used his love of music to help him through the ardor of Chemotherapy and many spinal taps and other grueling procedures. He graduated from the prestigious Berkeley School of Music in Boston. Another scholarship recipient had cancer and she went back to school to become a Nurse and is now working at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. These scholars know about giving back.
The Robert "Ace" Byron Memorial Scholarship was established in 2012 to honor his memory and his devotion to the fund after his sudden passing. Each year Ace's wife and children review all of the applicants' essays and choose a recipient for this scholarship.