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Hengel brings Catholic Education to forefront

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As far as area high schools go, Seton Catholic Central is among the smallest. To help make sure that area residents can be afforded the chance at a private education, the Don Hengel Golf Classic was held Thursday to raise money for the Catholic Schools of Broome County.

Twenty-five teams captained by a local or national celebrity took to Traditions at the Glen Thursday afternoon. While the day was all about golfing, the message was about preserving faith and Catholic education, despite the national trend of catholic schools closing.

"Just going to mass on Sunday isn't enough," said Bob Keppel, former Major League Pitcher and 2003 B-Met. "You need to know why you're going and when you can live it yourself, you can inspire your children and you can help grow the schools. They're fading out because I think parents, we're slacking in our first responsibility to educate our children in the faith and my job as a father and a husband is to do that before everything else."

"If you're into the Catholic Education piece, you get the religious aspect, but more importantly just being around great kids, great teachers, and getting a quality education," said BU Men's Basketball Coach Tommy Dempsey who sends two of his children to Seton Catholic Central.

The team captained by BU Assistant Basketball Coach Bryan Goodman placed first in the tournament with a 14-under, 56. Fox 40 Sports Director Jeremy Donovan and his team managed a respectable 9-under, 61.