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Golf, hockey fundraising events bring out best in RIMS athletes

Golf, hockey fundraising events bring out best in RIMS athletes

Risk and insurance professionals again faced off in some friendly competition on the links and the rink this year to benefit the Spencer Educational Foundation Inc.

This year's Spencer/Gallagher Golf Tournament, sponsored by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., drew 96 golfers Sunday morning to the Ace Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa.

Last year's outing in Vancouver, British Columbia, raised more that $32,000 for Spencer. Tournament organizers expect this year's event to surpass that and raise more than $35,000.

“We've played (the tournament) for the last several years,” said Mark L. Hubbard, senior vp of risk management for Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center in Loma Linda, Calif. “It's always great to help out charities and have fun at the same time. It's a great way to kick off the conference each year.”

“We're looking to have a good time out here and enjoy the day, which turned out to be perfect,” said Roger Duffield, director of claims and risk services at Christian Brothers Services in Romeoville, Ill.

Besting the field at this year's Spencer/Gallagher outing was a group made up of Wayne Myer, Brett Conrad, Sean Murphy and Donald Quesenberry. Mr. Murphy also won the men's longest drive award, while Meg Simpson took the women's honor. Michael Scott won the most accurate drive, while Dan Sherry, Don Gibson and Todd Brandenberger won closest-to-the-pin prizes.

One night earlier, four teams representing 60 RIMS attendees hit the ice for the NAPCO Spencer Cup hockey tournament. Two Canadian and two U.S. teams played in a round-robin tournament, raising $15,000 for Spencer, exceeding last year's sum of $11,500.

More than 50 fans gathered to watch the tournament and were also able to bid on sports memorabilia during a silent auction.

“This is wonderful,” said Andrew L. Miller, director of development for Spencer in New York. “This event helps fund the education of students studying risk management and insurance. We appreciate NAPCO and the other sponsors,” he said.

A Team USA squad topped a Team Canada side 5-2 in the evening's gold medal matchup. The other Team USA group won the bronze.