By Paul Augeri
Friday at Portland Golf Course, a field of 156 enjoyed the first edition of the Thomas J. Serra Memorial Tournament. There was a waiting list. If you knew Tom Serra, that comes as no surprise.
A crowd of 200 turned out for the post-tournament dinner. There was a raffle and silent auction. By night’s end, around $20,000 had been raised to benefit two scholarships, one each for a Middletown High and Vinal Tech student, and to fill a general fund in Serra’s names that will aid local students in need.
“There were people who came out that knew dad that I haven’t seen in 20 years,” Jason, his eldest son, said.
Tom Serra died in February. His nearly 50-year legacy of service to Middletown covered the realms of education, politics and athletics.
“Support the community – that’s what he was all about,” Chris, his youngest son, said. “And he loved reunions. This day was a healing thing for us.”
Next year’s tournament will be held July 24 at Portland GC.
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