Mill tees up almost $175K for United Way

Published 1:01 pm Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Generous sponsors came together for a day of golf and fun that raised $174,531 for United Way of Southeast Louisiana at the Bogalusa Mill’s seventh annual John Willis Memorial Golf Tournament.

This year’s sponsors donated $109,082, which International Paper will match 60 percent to reach the $174,531. The tournament has now raised $788,261 for local charitable causes since it began in 2014.

“We started this tournament seven years ago in an effort to help make a difference in our community,” said Bernie Chascin, Bogalusa Mill manager. “Thank you to everyone who played a part in this great event. Thanks specifically to United Way SELA for the work they do, fighting for the health, education and financial security of every person in Washington Parish. They are the ones making a real difference in our community.”

In 2018, the mill renamed its annual charity golf tournament in memory of John Willis, who served as the mill’s Purchasing Manager for 58 years.