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Miniature golf tournament benefits cancer foundation, Falcone statue

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Albany/HV: Miniature golf tournament benefits cancer foundation, Falcone statue
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- While it's been pretty warm in the Hudson Valley, it's not quite golf season. But that didn't stop about 280 people in Poughkeepsie from putting for a good cause over the weekend.

The Tony Cappillino Memorial Tournament was held at nine different bars and restaurants in the area. At each location, participants played miniature golf with all of the proceeds going to local children fighting cancer.

People in Poughkeepsie packed into the River Station miniature golf course.

Recently, the funds have been given to the Ryan McElroy Foundation, in memory of a local boy who lost his battle with cancer. This year, the tournament coordinator says money will also go toward erecting a statue in memory of fallen Poughkeepsie police officer, John Falcone.

Tournament coordinator Pat Rohan said, "Whatever the cost is for that statue, we're gonna pay for that. It's between $5,000 and $7,000. The rest of the money will go to the McElroy Foundation."

This year marks the 15th consecutive year of the tournament.

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