Niagara Gazette — A Niagara Falls man who died on Flight 3407 which crashed in Clarence in 2009, is being honored at a golf tournament Aug. 17.
The family and friends of John Fiore are hosting the 4th annual John J. Fiore Memorial Golf Tournament at the Niagara County Golf Course, 314 Davison Rd., Lockport.
Fiore's nephew, Ron Aughtmon, a lead planner for the event, said that the tournament has already raised $36,000 for the Ronald MacDonald House in Buffalo, and stands to raise up to $20,000 more with the Aug. 17 event.
He said Fiore's family and friends decided to create a fundraiser after deciding a fundraiser would honor the good work Fiore did for his community.
"After the crash, when we tried to start getting back into normal day to day activity," Aughtmon said, "we sat back and realized how much my uncle really cared about people."
"After he retired from the Air Force he stayed pretty active with the Moose Lodge and the American Legion," Aughtmon said, noting that Fiore especially cared about children's causes. "He'd be out on a street corner in the rain, raising money for the children."
Fiore spent 30 years in the US Marine Corps and the US Air Force, fighting in the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and 2 tours of duty in the Iraqi War. He retired from military life at the Niagara Falls Air Base in 2006 and was due to retire from his civilian career as a shift supervisor at Washington Mills in 2011.
Aughtmon said that without the help of Fiore's friends at Washington Mills, he doesn't think the tournament could have been nearly as successful.
"Without their support, I don't think we could do this year in and year out," he said. "Washington Mills has been donating money and getting teams out there. They've just been wonderful."
Registration for the tournament will take place at 11 a.m., with lunch at noon. Shotgun starts at 1 p.m. and dinner will follow golf at 5 p.m. Non-golfers are invited to participate in the the basket auction, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are invited to the dinner as well, but reservations for the dinner are requested. For more information visit www.johnjfioregolf.com.
Aughtmon said he had collected signed sports memorabilia for a silent auction and expected there would be more than 100 baskets.
"It should be really wonderful day," Aughtmon said.IF YOU GO • WHAT: John Fiore Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Ronald McDonald House • WHEN: 11 a.m. registration, Aug. 17, with lunch, basket raffle, silent auction and dinner • WHERE: Niagara County Golf Course, 314 Davison Rd., Lockport • MORE INFO: Registration requested by Wednesday. Sponsorships are still available. Please visit www.johnjfioregolf.com