- THE MAGAZINE
At a recent charity golf tournament in Atkinson, N.H., members of the cleaning industry raised $1,800 for melanoma and Down Syndrome research. Hosted by Truckmounts and Drying Solutions of Salem, N.H., the event was close to the heart of company owner Lynn Malone, who took the reigns of the company after her husband John died last year from malignant melanoma. Additionally, Ashley Vedrani, daughter of the general manager, is afflicted with Down Syndrome.
“We’re going to have another one of these events next year, so bring all your friends,” Malone said to the cleaning professionals and restoration specialists on-hand after showing a slideshow featuring pictures of John and Ashley. She then proudly announced that the golf tournament had raised nearly $2,000 for charity.
Held on the grounds of the Atkinson Resort and Country Club, the event was also an appreciation day for customers. Industry members from across the Northeast came to Atkinson to both practice their golf game and help out some worthy causes. At least one of the attendees was a close friend of the Malone family.
“I was very good friends with John Malone for 15 years,” said Mick Lafata, owner of The Clean Team in Peabody, Mass., who brought three members of his staff with him to the tournament. “We are all here to support the charity.”
Ray Deschene, co-owner of Quick-Dry in Litchfield, N.H., said the event was important to him for several reasons. “I’m here to support the charity, but I’m also glad for the camaraderie here,” he said at the 11th hole, where players had the opportunity to win a new pickup truck from Deluca GMC (nobody hit the hole-in-one needed to secure the prize, but players laughed off their near misses in the spirit of the event).
Near the end of the day, Truckmounts and Drying Solutions recognized Jack Solloway, owner of Soil Away in Hooksett, N.H., for having the best attendance at the company’s educational seminars in the past year. The day was capped off with business seminars tackling topics from understanding cash flow to the “mayhems and mishaps” of market diversification, as well as a talk on “Selling for Profit” from Paul Kelley of Bridgepoint Systems and a state-of-the-industry briefing from Liberty Consulting.