RANDOLPH – The 10th annual Ed Krieger Memorial Golf Tournament took place Saturday at Cardinal Hills Golf Course in Randolph rising money for adolescence at New Directions Youth and Family Services.
Mark Wickerham, the Director of Residential Programs at the facility, says over the past decade his group has been blessed to have support from the community, especially this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With COVID and everything we really weren’t sure what we were going to get,” said Wickerham. “People are just coming out because it is just a great thing, a great cause, and it is a lot of fun.”
Vanessa Bradigan, a case manager with the organization, says the work of New Directions has a major impact on the youth it serves, and in many instances, changes their life for the better.
“The work we do really benefits these children and their parents,” said Bradigan. “We have kids that come here just for schooling, and they graduate and go on to college, and do things that they never thought they were capable of, so just to give them that support and encouragement is (amazing).”
Bradigan says proceeds raised at the tournament go towards funding special programing for students.
“Some of our kids have never gone to a sit-down dinner, even something as simple as ordering off a menu, or going to an amusement park, it really speaks volumes,” said Bradigan. “(We) show them that there are other things, a different type of outlet that they can utilize in the future.”
Bradigan says the money isn’t just for recreational activities for the pupils, but also funds helps their volunteer efforts locally.
“They volunteer at soup kitchens, they do various things in town, they cater the Lions Club Dinner, it is our top-level kids that really give back to the community.”
Moreover, the tournament does more than just raising money to help youth, it keeps the memory of past employees alive, like Ed Krieger, a longtime employee of the organization who passed away in 2011 from bone cancer.
“He was everything we wanted people to be working with these kids to be and the kind of person you wanted these kids to look up to,” explained Wickerham. “He was just an exceptional man.”
In addition to golf, the tournament featured a 50/50 raffle and various food and beverage products.