Annual Till Open raises funds for Canfield Local Schools

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Color Guard of the Tri-State Marine Corps League performed the Presentation of Colors during the Till Open ceremony on July 6.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Till Open President and Canfield Mayor Richard Duffett addressed the crowd at the Till Open ceremony prior to the start of the eighth annual golf outing on July 6.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Cardinal cheerleaders performed a spirit cheer for the large crowd at the Till Open ceremony prior to the start of the eighth annual golf outing on July 6.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Canfield High School marching band performed “Canfield Alma Mater" during the Till Open ceremony.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

The eighth annual Fourth of July Till Open Golf Outing took place at Mill Creek Metroparks north course and south course on July 6.

The event kicked off with the Till Open ceremony with a welcome and introduction by Jeff (Kelly) Blough, master of ceremonies. Blough then introduced John Tillery.

“Welcome to the eighth annual Till Open. When we started getting together to play golf, we had eight guys, then 12, then 24, then 36. We decided to do this regularly and give back to Canfield Schools. After today, we will have raised and given back nearly $300,000 to the schools. As we were growing up in Canfield, we were taught to give back. Get involved, have fun and give back. That’s the Till Open,” Tillery said.

The Color Guard of the Tri-State Marine Corps League then performed the Presentation of Colors. After the Presentation of Colors, Cassie Mosure-Oles sang “The Star Spangled Banner,” as she has each year at the ceremony.

Canfield Mayor Richard Duffett then gave the Memorial Salute, honoring Joseph B. Peet and Dr. William R. Weaver, O.D. Lance Hartshorn gave the Memorial Blessings. Family members of those honored presented family tributes and reflections. Members of the Canfield Marching Band paid tribute with the playing of TAPS.

Attorney Carmine Zarlenga then spoke on behalf of the event’s major sponsors.

“We have over 200 sponsors for the Till Open. That shows just how deep this event reaches into our community, just like our school system does. If you see them out there today, thank our sponsors and let them know how much you appreciate their time, money and services,” Zarlenga said.

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

“First off, I’d like to thank the Till Open and Richard Duffett for their commitment and outstanding work. Aside from the financial benefits, your mentorship is extremely important to our students. You are showing our youth what you have become and how you are giving back. That is priceless. You are showing them the direction they should and will be headed. We couldn’t do what we do without all your support. We are one of the top school systems in the nation and we will continue to be great. To the staff, administrative team and Board of Educaiton - thank you for your support,” Geordan said.

The Canfield High School marching band then played the “Canfield Alma Mater,” under the direction of Mike Kelly. The Cardinals cheerleaders then performed a spirit cheer for the large crowd.

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

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