CHAMPLAIN - When it came to establishing an event in memory of her late mother, Alyssa Favro said a golf tournament would have been the only thing that made sense.
"It made sense to have a golf tournament, because she was obsessed with golf," said Favro.
"If it was raining and no one else was on the golf course, she would be," said Favro's father and Carol Wallett's husband, Bob Wallett.
When his wife passed away from cancer 15 years ago, Wallett said he wanted to do something to both honor his wife's memory and help Hospice of the North Country, which provided care for her during her final days.
Wallett recalls having a conversation with former county administrator Bill Bingle, who had worked with Wallett's wife, with the two of them putting their heads together to come up with the perfect event.
"We were casually discussing helping Hospice and just decided on a golf tournament, inviting our friends and family, mainly just to have a good time and raise a little money," said Wallett. "I think we raised $1,500 or $2,000, which we thought was pretty cool."
Fast forward to the present and the annual Carol Wallett Golf Tournament has gone from an event with a few friends and family members and a few thousand dollars in donations to the biggest fundraiser for Hospice of the North Country.
"We're probably going to hit $40,000 this year," Wallett said as he sat in the clubhouse of the North Country Golf Club July 17.
"It's amazing how big it's grown and how much money we've been able to raise for Hospice," said Favro. "It's meant a lot for us to be able to give back to them. I'm just in awe this is our 15th year."
Wallett and Favro noted that's because of the support the event has received year after year.
"It's a community event now," he said. "We go to businesses and individuals and we solicit gifts, either for the silent auction we have or as hole sponsors. The community is so generous."
"I'm not surprised," Wallett added about the support the tournament receives, "because it's such a great cause. But, obviously, I'm still overwhelmed and humbled we can raise that kind of money."
Kent W. Brooks, executive director for Hospice of the North Country, said the organization wouldn't know what to do without the Wallett family's continued commitment to hosting the tournament.
"It goes a long way in the avenue of helping us to provide above and beyond the minimum to our patients," said Brooks. "It's been 15 years now and it just seems to keep growing. Everybody just wants to continue to honor the memory of Carol and, at the same time, support our great cause."
"It's amazing because there are a lot of golf tournaments for nonprofit and for different organizations all over the place," said Amanda M. Bow, Hospice's director of development. "The fact this tournament has such success and staying power proves people loved Carol, love Bob and want to support Hospice."
Knowing the tournament is considered a great success is something his wife would be proud of, said Wallett.
"She'd be very humbled, actually," he said, noting his wife wasn't one to ever want to make a fuss over her own accomplishments or want to be the center of attention.
"She'd actually be embarrassed that her name's attached to it," said Favro. "But, she'd be very impressed and very proud on how much it helps Hospice."
Those who were unable to participate in the tournament are still able to make donations in memory of Carol Wallett to Hospice of the North Country, 358 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh N.Y. 12901.