Chamber Golf Outing around the corner

This year's event to benefit Parker Mathusa Scholarship Fund

The time to dust off the clubs is nearly at hand.

Even if you golf only once a year, arguably the premier time to hit the links is during the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce's September Golf Outing, which this year will be Friday, Sept. 24, at Colonial Acres Golf Course.

The 2010 outing will mark the quarter-century milestone for the annual event.

This year's event will benefit the Parker D. Mathusa Memorial Scholarship Fund, which honors a graduating senior each year who has volunteered for the community.

Mathusa was deeply involved in state and town affairs. He served as chairman of the Planning Board and had a long career with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. He was also passionate about history and was involved in the town's preparation for recent quadricentennial celebrations. He died in 2008 after a battle with ALS.

The scholarship fund, which has distributed $500 scholarships to BC grads in the past two years, benefits graduates who are not only scholastically strong, but have spent their time giving to the community.

[We look for] someone who has given unselfishly, who has volunteered and shown consistency...someone for whom it has come from their heart, said Heather Tangora, Mathusa's daughter and one of the fund's managers.

The golf outing will help the fund get closer to its goal of raising $15,000 to $25,000.

"If we can hit that goal, then the fund will be forever funded and we can just live off the interest," Tangora said. "I was thrilled that the Chamber has allowed the proceeds to benefit that scholarship."

Besides a full day of casual play on the links, the event will feature a "taste of Bethlehem," with area restaurants offering samples of their fare. Non-golfers can enjoy the day, including the taste, for $25, making it a more open and encompassing event.

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