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The ‘Wef’ Golf Tournament Supports Westfield State Students, Honors Late Professor

Westfield State University’s Department of Communication and Division of Institutional Advancement will hold the second annual Henry Wefing Memorial Golf Classic, the “Wef,” on Friday, September 8 at 10 a.m. at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Henry Wefing Journalism Scholarship Fund.  The late Dr. Wefing began teaching at Westfield State University’s Department of Communication in 1985, specializing in journalism and writing courses. He was also seen regularly tending to a garden located outside of the university’s Horace Mann Center. Dr. Wefing created the garden in 2007 and donated all of the vegetables and herbs he grew to the Westfield Food Pantry. He passed away in May 2015.

Since 2016, the Henry Wefing Journalism Scholarship has been awarded annually. As the fund grows, there are plans to increase the number of scholarships awarded. Nearly 60 people attended last year’s inaugural event, including members of the Wefing family.

"The ‘Wef’ tournament brings together colleagues, alumni, students, and Henry Wefing's family and friends to enjoy a game Henry loved and to raise funds for students pursuing a career in journalism, which Henry taught and revered as the essential foundation of a democracy," said Dr. Thomas Gardner, professor of Communication. 

Golfers must register online prior to the tournament at https://www.westfieldalumni.org/events/upcoming-events/wefinggolf by Tuesday, September 5. The cost to participate is $350 for a foursome, $90 for individual players, and $80 for Westfield State students. Tickets include 18 holes of golf, lunch, and a post-tournament reception. Tickets are available for those who would like to attend the dinner reception for only $30 and there are also sponsorship opportunities at various different levels.

Tekoa Country Club is located on 459 Russell Road in Westfield. For more information, contact Suzanne Boniface, adjunct professor of Communication, at 413-478-2652 or sboniface@westfield.ma.edu. Those who cannot attend, but still wish to donate, can do so by visiting https://www.westfieldalumni.org/events/upcoming-events/wefinggolf.

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