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Letter: In Memory of Jack Byrne

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Hanover Lions Club, I would like to thank the Valley News for covering the recent Hanover Lions’ Byrne Cup Twin-State All-Star games, held on June 22 at Hanover High School where the outstanding graduating senior boy and girl lacrosse players from Vermont and New Hampshire squared off against each other. Your reporter did a great job in his coverage story the day following. I would like to add to his reportage that not only are the games a great opportunity to honor the athletes and cap their high school careers, but that the event is sponsored by the Hanover Lions and serves as one of our important charity fundraising events of the year. All net proceeds are returned to the Hanover-area community in our charitable giving efforts supporting many different individuals, groups, organizations, causes and community needs, including the Lions’ traditional mission of providing help for sight and hearing needs to those who can’t afford it.

Also missing from the Valley News story was the fact that this year’s event was dedicated to the memory of Jack Byrne, who passed away in March and whose family’s Byrne Foundation is a major contributor to many charitable endeavors throughout the Upper Valley and beyond, including the Hanover Lions. This year we instituted the first awarding of the annual Byrne Cup trophy to the winning team, one each for the boys and girls. This first year we saw the cup go to the New Hampshire girls and boys in very competitive games, as reported, that reflected terrifically on both states.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors and advertisers who contributed to the event, all the advertisers who contributed to the event, all the volunteer helpers, mostly from the Hanover sports community and finally, the Hanover girls hockey program group, which did a great job with the concessions for the event.

William “Star” Johnson

Byrne Cup Games Director