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Boilermakers keep annual fundraiser going to benefit local hospice

Local 105 Boilermakers present a check to the Southern Ohio Medical Center Hospice in 2016, as they do every year after their charity golf scramble. From left: Sheila Riggs, Southern Ohio Medical Center Hospice; Scott Hammond, BM-ST, Local 105 (Piketon, Ohio); Teresa Ruby, SOMC Hospice; and Joe Ledford, chairman of the golf committee for L-105.

For 25 years, Local 105 (Chillicothe, Ohio) has been hosting an annual four-man golf scramble to raise money for the Southern Ohio Medical Center Hospice. L-105 BM-ST Scott Hammond said this year’s scramble was different than all other years due to COVID-19. 

The golf outing usually raises between $5,000 and $7,000 but this year’s donation raised less. Even so, Hammond said he’s happy they could at least host the scramble. “Because of what’s gone on this year, we were lucky to put one on this fall.”

Despite the challenges of 2020, L-105, along with help from the community and other Boilermakers, raised $3,000 for hospice. Other locals contributing included Local 45 (Richmond, Virginia), Local 169 (Detroit), Local 667 (Kingston, Pennsylvania) and Local 744 (Cleveland).