Inaugural Tom Serra Golf Tournament Raises $20,000

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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.

Individuals and organizations sponsored holes for the Tom Serra Memorial Golf Tournament. The 2020 event is scheduled for July 24. (Photos by Mike Fraulino)

“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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