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Operation Our Town makes donation to PA 30Day Fund

Courtesy photo Taking part in Operation Our Town’s check presentation to the PA 30Day Fund from OOT’s eighth annual golf tournament are (from left): Brian Durbin, OOT steering and golf committee member; Michael A. Fiore, OOT president; Randy Feathers, OOT board and golf committee member; Jesse Ickes, committee member, Blair County PA 30 Day Fund; and Doug Wolf, chairman, Blair County PA 30 Day Fund.

Golf event proceeds help support Blair small businesses affected by COVID-19

Operation Our Town held its eighth annual golf tournament Sept. 14 and 15.

The two-day event included a mini-golf tournament at Lakemont Park and the US Foods Neighborhood BBQ at Park Hills Golf Club on Sept. 14 and the main golf tournament on Sept. 15 at Park Hills Golf Club.

All funds raised benefit local drug enforcement and prevention programs in Blair County.

Many thanks goes out to the OOT Golf Committee, Park Hills Golf Club, and all volunteers who helped to make the event a success!

The first-place team included Nick Gates, Mark Condrin, Mike Macionsky and Chuck Meyers/

Second-place team members were Keith Saleme, Thad McDonough, Aaron Harr and Pat Miles.

Third place went to Bruno DeGol III, Nick DeGol, Andrew DeGol and Mark Saltzburg.

The closest to the pin (second shot) winner was Mike Macionsky (in the hole).

The OOT Board and Golf Committee wanted a portion of this year’s golf tournament funds to help those affected by COVID-19. So in lieu of sponsor gifts to golfers this

year, gift funds were used to make a $21,000 donation to the PA30DayFund, which provides forgivable $3,000 loans to small businesses in Blair County who apply.

According to Doug Wolf, chairman of the PA30DayFund in Blair County, “Since its inception in June, the PA30DayFund has provided financial assistance to over 600 businesses in 57 counties of PA. In Blair County, which is the second-largest individual county initiative in Pennsylvania, over 65 small businesses have received a much-needed $3,000 forgivable loan.”

Wolf added, “Now, thanks to the generous donation of $21,000 from Operation Our Town, the Blair County faction of PA30DayFund has the resources to fund an additional seven small businesses who are working hard to fight through the economic difficulties brought on by the COVID induced shutdowns and downturns.”

Jim Foreman, facilitator of the PA30DayFund in Blair County, said, “Following the announcement of Operation Our Town’s generous donation made at the annual golf tournament, several individuals and local businesses stepped forward to provide an additional $40,000 to Blair County’s PA30DayFund resources. So, combined with Operation Our Town’s gift, that totals $61,000 of additional funding which will be made available to 20 small businesses right here in Blair County.”

Foreman added, “Every dollar raised and mentioned above is being matched by a generous donor in Southeast PA. Those matching dollars will be used statewide to help small PA businesses throughout the Commonwealth, to include Blair County.”

Wolf and Foreman expressed their gratitude for the donation, “Thank you, Operation Our Town, for your generosity and your meaningful support of Blair County in so many important ways.”

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