The Wright family

The Wright family, in an undated photo. Allison Wright has organized an annual golf tournament to raise funds for Camp Good Days and Special Times in honor of her late husband, Dan. Their children, Christopher and Haleigh, are now 15 and 18, respectively.

WATERLOO — Nearly a decade after her husband died, Allison Wright is steadfast in her belief he would approve of the fundraising golf tournament she founded in his honor.

“It’s what Dan would have wanted,” she said.

The 10th annual Dan Wright Memorial golf tournament is scheduled for July 19 at Silver Creek Golf Club. As of Friday, openings remained for five more teams.

Anyone interested in playing or finding out more can call Allison Wright at 730-3267.

What started nine years ago as a bone-marrow drive to find a match for her cancer-stricken husband turned into a golf tournament contributing to a charitable cause. Many of Dan Wright’s friends and coworkers, along with scores of community members, turn out to celebrate his life.

“We will never forget” is the motto linked to the tournament, family friend Tess Bertino said.

In its first nine years, the tournament has generated $29,000 for Camp Good Days and Special Times. The nonprofit organization founded by Gary Mervis more than 30 years ago in honor of his daughter, Teddi, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges.

Camp Good Days and Special Times is headquartered in Mendon, although the camp itself is located on the shores of Keuka Lake in Branchport. All of the programs and services offered there are free for the participants, a luxury made possible through donations from a variety of sources.

Allison Wright said she chose Camp Good Days and Special Times as the benefactor because her two kids participated in camp there.

Wright said the tournament committee’s goal, in conjunction with the 10th year of the event, is to raise another $10,000 for Camp Good Days and Special Times. In an effort to achieve that objective, 50-50 tickets are being sold for a steak-and-shrimp raffle, and outside donations are being sought.

Anyone interested in buying a raffle ticket or donating can contact Wright directly.

“Allison’s enthusiasm is commendable over such a period of time,” praised Wendy Bleier-Mervis, Gary’s wife and the executive director at Camp Good Days and Special Times.

Dan Wright was a 1979 graduate of Waterloo High School. He was a past member and president of the Lions Club, an avid hunter and member of the Whitetail Hunting Club, and a communicant with St. Mary’s Church.

Bertino described him as being a very proud, yet modest man.

Dan and Allison Wright were married 12 years. They have a daughter, Haleigh, 18, and a son, Christopher, 15.

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