Golf tourney fundraiser honors late Lifelong Fitchburg Resident

FITCHBURG – Salvatore Salamone’s philanthropic legacy is being carried on through a golf tournament fundraiser being held on June 13 at Oak Hill Country Club, with proceeds to benefit the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Salamone, a Lifelong city resident who went by Salvi, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was 22. After his diagnosis he decided to raise money for MS and would take the bus up and down Route 12 in his wheelchair collecting money from local businesses and held an annual Celebration of Life Benefit for two decades.

“He was Deeply affected by the disease and made it his mission to host an annual event raising money for the National MS Society,” said city resident Kristen Majikas, who along with her mother Carla Turbide of Leominster and other family including her husband have organized multiple sclerosis fundraisers since Salamone died from the debilitating disease five years ago at the age of 50. “After his passing the event lived on in his memory.”

Two members of the Leominster Credit Union community support initiatives team presented a $ 1,500 donation check to Gail Turbide (second from left), Carla Turbide (second from right), and Martin Turbide (front) at the 2018 Sal Salamone Memorial MS Benefit. (COURTESY KRISTEN MAJIKAS)

In 2018, they received a $ 1,500 donation from Leominster Credit Union through its community support initiative for their annual Sal Salone Memorial MS Benefit and raised just shy of $ 9,000 at the last in-person fundraiser in 2019. Majikas said MS “has Deeply affected people close to our family and our sponsors, ”including her Uncle Martin Turbide, her father’s brother, who was diagnosed with MS in 1987.

“There are very few high-profile MS fundraisers in our area, so our goal is for this golf tournament to become an annual fundraising Cornerstone for the New England Chapter of the MS Society providing funds for either preventative research or functionality for those struggling with the disease, ”Majikas said. “We always knew that a high-profile golf tournament would help us raise way more funds for a Heavily underfunded disease.”

Carla Turbide met Salamone years ago at Orchard Hills Athletic Club when she worked there, and they became friends.

“We are keeping Sal’s mission alive, and that mission is to find a Cure for MS,” she said, adding that they will be recognizing him at the Oak Hill event.

There are plenty of spots left for golf foursomes and businesses sponsorship opportunities available in a range of monetary levels. There are already several golfers registered for the tournament and Majikas said they have several large business sponsorships lined up.

“This was not possible without a major initial sponsorship commitment from James Monroe Wire & Cable in Sterling,” she said. “We are thrilled to also have Coakley Dentistry, Alphagary manufacturing, and Leominster Credit Union as high-level sponsors to give us a good start on our fundraising efforts. There is still room for sponsorship and for those who just want to play golf. ”

There will be raffle prizes and silent auction items up for grabs. Sponsors will be acknowledged before dinner and all nongolfers are invited to the dinner for a $ 50 per ticket price. For more information including sign-up and sponsorship forms, email Kristen@CentralMAProductions.com or hopeandhealth1@gmail.com.

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