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Coggins Auto Group's annual charity golf tournament tees off at Mount Anthony Country Club on Tuesday, Aug. 29. This year's beneficiary is Bennington County Child Advocacy Center.

Coggins Classic Charity Golf Tournament Returns

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — The golf tournament fundraiser hosted by Coggins Auto Group returns for its second year with even more ambition, and this year they will support Bennington County Child Advocacy Center.
 
"When you improve the quality of life, become more self-sustainable as a community, and make connections bringing the community together, that creates stability which is a critical factor that contributes to a business's ability to survive whether you've been here for 20 years or 20 days," said Coggins Auto Group Marketing Director Valerie Harrington.
 
The tournament will be held at Mount Anthony Country Club on Tuesday, Aug. 29.
 
The tournament raised more than $23,000 last year for the Sunrise Family Resource Center. This year, the hope is to raise even more.
 
"We already have more teams signed up than last year, which we are very excited about," Harrington said.
 
This year Bennington County Child Advocacy Center will be the beneficiary. They were chosen from a slate of community organizations, Harrington said. 
 
"After receiving 27 submissions from local non-profits and charities, we narrowed down to three and had the community vote on who the beneficiary should be for this year's tournament," she said. "We had over 800 votes in the final poll."
 
The goal is to raise at least $10,000, which triggers the Toyota Match Program to double it to $20,000. From there, Harrington said, they hope to raise as much as possible. 
 
Check-ins start at 10 a.m. and teams tee off at 11. Participants can purchase mulligans, raffle tickets, and 50/50 tickets and collect complimentary goody bags at this point at check-in and, later, a barbecue lunch. 
 
There will also be a putting contest until 10:50 a.m. in which the winner will receive a prize from Berkshire Graphics. 
 
Teams should wrap up between 3-4 p.m. At this time, prizes will be awarded.
 
More raffles and 50/50 tickets can be purchased at this time and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
 
Nongolfers can still support the cause and attend a concert with country singer Carly Rogers from 4 to 6 p.m.
 
Tickets for her live performance are $30 per person, which includes the performance, hors d'oeuvres and access to purchase raffle and 50/50 tickets. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online using this link but cash will be accepted at the door.
 
Coggins is still looking for in-kind donations for player prizes and raffle items.
 
"Every bit helps. No matter the item(s) large or small, we will be creating baskets with the multiple donations we've received," Harrington said. "Great way to get your business out there! Your in-kind donation can be used as a tax write-off."
 
Contact Harrington to donate at vharrington@cogginsauto.com or 802-681-0136.
 
Harrington said participants can signup online
 
"A really fun way to support a local organization and network with other professionals and community members," she said. "We have great prizes and raffle items. The food is amazing, plus live entertainment to wrap up the evening."

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Bomb Threat that Closed Williams Campus Deemed 'Not Credible'

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires.com
Updated 02:10PM
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Thursday briefly closed its campus and sent all non-essential employees home for the day after a reported bomb threat that later was deemed to be "not credible."
 
Late Thursday morning, the college sent an alert to its employees that the school was investigating a threat to several college buildings and ordering the evacuation of Faculty House, the Paresky Center, Mission dorm and "athletics and all libraries."
 
By about 11:45 a.m., the college released the same information in a post on social media, and shortly before noon, it announced on "X" (formerly Twitter), "Please evacuate and avoid area until further notice."
 
Just after 2 p.m., the school announced to its personnel that, "The bomb threat was determined to be not credible."
 
The school said that dining services would be available for the small number of students on campus for the summer term from 2 to 7 p.m. at Faculty House and that faculty and staff who needed to access their offices on Thursday could do so after 3 p.m.
 
All buildings and offices were slated to be open for business as usual on Friday morning.
 
This was the second apparent false alarm on campus in the last couple of months. In May, a suspicious package reported in the college's science center led to the evacuation of some buildings and a visit from the State Police bomb squad.
 
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