Golfers Gather to Support Generosity and Kindness
The Jonathan Rizzo Foundation has been part of Kingston, MA community for years. But over the past few years, demand for services and falling donations has made the foundation struggle. The foundation’s eighth annual Memorial Golf Classic tees off Tuesday, Oct. 13, and organizers say there are still slots available for golfers.
Kingston residents Mary and Mike Rizzo began the foundation after their 19 year old son Jonathan was murdered. Regarded as the person who was always willing to help others in such a high capacity that his parents opened an extra seat at the dinner table just in case. Jonathan’s spirit lives on in the foundation.
the Kingston area and a few small programs that help families.
“We look to help people who fall through the cracks, not people on welfare, these are people who hit a run of bad luck and they don’t qualify for anything else,” Mike Rizzo said.
“We called Jonathan the herder of stray cats. He’d bring home the outcasts, the kids who weren’t the most popular. He was very self-confident and brought out the best in people. We hope to do the same kind of thing: to help people who are down on their luck and can’t get help anywhere else.”
The Rizzos believe that a small ripple of kindness goes a long way and encourage people to become a part of the program that has helped many different individuals with nowhere left to turn.
There are a few golf spots left to participate in the Tuesday, Oct. 13, tournament and it is not too late to register. To register for golf, darts or dinner, or to make a donation, visit www.jonathanrizzofoundation.org.
This year, the foundation will raffle off a $1,000 cash prize during a helicopter ball drop. The foundation hopes to sell 1,000 tickets and the helicopter will drop 1,000 numbered golf balls onto the green; the ball that lands closest to the hole wins.
Auction items include a trip to Aruba, a hockey stick autographed by the Boston Bruins, and two tickets to the NHL’s Winter Classic at Fenway Park Jan. 1 between the Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Raffle tickets will be sold at the door and at the following locations this weekend:
· Dunkin’ Donuts, Route 44, from 8 a.m. to noon
· Dunkin’ Donuts, Route 27, from 8 a.m. to noon
· Foodies in Duxbury, from 8 a.m. to noon
· Holy Family Church in Duxbury after all the Sunday morning masses