Brent Hastings Memorial Golf Tournament raises funds, awareness for opioid addiction

By Matthew Bernat | Sep 16, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Trey Conway takes a swing at the Brent Hastings Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday. Now in its fourth year, the event attracted 105 golfers.

Now in its fourth year, the Brent Hastings Memorial Golf Tournament continues to grow, attracting more golfers and raising thousands of dollars for those recovering from opioid addiction.

Held on Saturday at the Bay Pointe Club, the event featured 105 golfers and 40 people for dinner that evening where a raffle helped raise funds for Brent’s Bed and the Herren Project via the Brent Hastings Memorial Fund.

Hastings, a former Wareham resident, passed away from a heroin overdose in 2014. Melodye Conway, Brent’s mother, founded the memorial fund that same year with the goal of erasing the stigma surrounding opioid addiction.

Brent’s Bed, which is a new initiative, will assist young men financially as they transition from Miller House, a detox facility, to a recovery residence.

“We want to offer them a hand up, not a hand out,” said Conway. “Brent’s Bed and the Herren Project will help these young men get back in the job market and become self sufficient again.”

Conway credited the many local businesses that donated raffle prizes for the tournament's success. She thanked them for their support, including Roberton’s GMC for being the tournament's major sponsor the past two years.

The car dealership has agreed to giveaway a brand new vehicle to the first person to get a hole-in-one at a designated par 3.

Also, Conway thanked the Gateway Tavern for a donation of four, $50 gift cards. Conway noted the restaurant has been involved with the tournament since it began.

“The community has been tremendously generous and without them we wouldn’t have been able to do all the good work that we do,” said Conway. “It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that people here support what we do.”

To date, the memorial fund has raised $60,000 for awareness and recovery programs.

For more information on the Brent Hastings Memorial Fund or to donate, visit the fund’s Facebook page and click on the GoFundMe account link or call 508-951-2300.

Melodye Conway stands in front 2,069 purple flags set up at the entrance of the Bay Pointe Club ahead of the Brent Hasting's Memorial Golf Tournament. Each flag represents an opioid-related death in Massachusetts from last year. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
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