Fourth of July Till Open starts with a bang

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Even the youngest Cardinals, including third-grader Danny Chaplow representing volleyball and baseball, volunteered at the Till Open Golf Scramble on July 1.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School senior soccer players Alec Simone, R.J. Thomas, Macey Malinky, Alana Petracci and Sam Accordino volunteered at the Till Open Golf Scramble.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Jeff Blough, master of ceremonies for the golf scramble, kicked off the open ceremony with a welcome and introduction on July 1.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Canfield High School Canfield Pride Marching Band performed prior to the start of the Till Open event on July 1.


The sixth annual Fourth of July Till Open Golf Scramble took place at Mill Creek Metroparks North Course on July 1.

The event kicked off with the Till Open Ceremony with a welcome and introduction by Jeff Blough, master of ceremonies.

“It is great to have all of you here today coming together for one cause. We are here for one reason, and that is to support Canfield Local Schools, the greatest school district in part of the state. We couldn‘t do this without the help of our sponsors, too. It‘s all about giving back,” Blough said.

Blough then introduced John Tillery.

“Canfield will always be home to me. The relationships we built and shared with friends growing up here is a bond that will never be broken. Today’s Canfield students share this same bond with their friends. I look forward to watching them carry this event out to the next generation,” Tillery said.

Cassie Mosure Oles performed The Star Spangled Banner.

Richard Duffett then gave the Memorial Salute, honoring Grant M. Galvin, W. Thomas James, III, Helen L. Joseph, Victor C. Mohl and Mark Seiser. Lance Hartshorn gave the Memorial Blessings. Family members of those honored presented family tributes and reflections.

Canfield Local School Superintendent Alex Geordan was introduced for his remarks.

“Thank you for your service and dedication. It has meant a lot to Canfield Local Schools. This community is unbelievable. I came here five years ago and this is really one of the best functions I have had the opportunity to be a part of. Thank you for everything you do. Thank you for making our school system such a special place,” Geordan said.

The Canfield High School Canfield Pride Marching Band then played the Canfield Alma Mater, followed by the Fighting Cardinal Cheerleaders performing a spirit cheer.

Brian Tolnar, PGA and Stacie Butler, Mill Creek Metroparks golf pros gave an explanation of the Till Open Scramble Rules and sent the golfers on their way with a shotgun/firecracker start.

“Our estimate is we will make $70,000 this year and we made $63,000 last year, so the event it growing and more people are getting involved, which is great. It all goes back to Canfield Local Schools,” Duffett said.

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