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Golf tourney raises $10,000 for charity

by Tad Thompson | June 15, 2010
More than $10,000 was raised for local charities earlier in June through a golf tournament featuring the Philadelphia produce industry.

The Philadelphia chapter of the United Fresh Produce Association held the ninth annual Louis Penza Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament June 11 at the Medford Village Country Club. Participating Philadelphia Regional Produce Market operators, suppliers and guests numbered 92, creating 23 foursomes.

"We had perfect weather. It was a fun day to get people together from the Philadelphia Regional Produce Market," tournament Chairman Louis Penza Jr. told The Produce News. "Our customers and suppliers are very supportive. We have a good time, and it's good to have everyone get together. It's always been a fun day."

Mr. Penza, who is vice president of Pinto Bros. Inc. on the Philadelphia produce terminal, announces the recipients of scholarships a year after the preceding tournament. So at this year's event, he announced that the $10,000 raised in 2009 was given to four entities: The New Jersey Agricultural Society; St. Francis Elementary School in Springfield, PA; the Noonan Scholarship Fund; and the Scerba Scholarship Fund.

Serving on the memorial golf tournament committee with Mr. Penza were Fred Penza and Todd Penza. Chuck Zambito, president of United's Philadelphia chapter, works "to assure [that the] committee does the job," Mr. Penza said.

Mr. Zambito, who owns Zambito Produce Sales in Woodbury, NJ, said, "We had a great turnout. We had a beautiful day and all kinds of food. It was ideal."