The 5th annual Edward Taylor Coombs Foundation Golf Outing reached its capacity for golfers – and scholarship award dinner attendees – and organizers had to turn away last-minute requests to participate.
In all, 100 golfers took to the greens at Commonwealth National Golf Club in Horsham, Pennsylvania on June 27.
“This is our biggest fundraiser,” ETC Foundation Executive Board member Eric Coombs said as golfers sat in golf carts waiting to begin play. “From my family to all of you, we just want to say ‘thank you.’ ”
In the evening, more than 200 joined the ETC Foundation at the Scholarship Awards Dinner where the Foundation awarded a record-breaking $60,500 in total scholarships for 2016.
In all, the ETC Foundation has awarded $260,000 in scholarship awards since its founding in the fall of 2011.
The foundation was created to carry on the legacy of Edward Taylor Coombs, a 2010 Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate and standout lacrosse player who was a rising sophomore at Marist College.
“He was planning to be a lawyer, like my husband,” Edward’s aunt, Shirley Redd, said of her husband, who her nephew was named after.
Edward Coombs’ easy smile and strong work ethic continue to impact his local community, as well as his college family. Six Marist students traveled from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to show their support by participating in the golf outing.
Still others traveled from as far away as Wisconsin, Boston and Maryland.
Locally, Dennis Williams, Hatboro-Horsham High School Principal and Lou James, the high school’s Athletic Director, teed off.
“It’s a great cause,” Lou James said.
Edward’s mother, Forrestine Coombs, who serves on the ETC Foundation Golf Outing committee, said the support continues to grow.
“It’s a positive message despite the circumstances,” Mrs. Coombs said. “People are amazed by the story. They want to see the impact that it’s making. It gives us a reason that the loss was for a purpose.”