Scholarship recipients

Four Monona Grove High School seniors received the first awards from the Pat Mackesey Memorial Scholarship Fund on May 17. Scholarships will be presented annually. From left, are Katy Mackesey with recipients Griffin Haase, Ellery Gronski, Maeve Kim and Spencer Hampton.

Friends of the late Pat Mackesey are at it again.

A memorial golf outing to honor Mackesey – and raise funds for scholarships for local high school students – will be held Saturday, July 15, at The Oaks Golf Course, 4740 Pierceville Road, Cottage Grove.

Dennis Daggett, co-chairman of MackFest 2017 along with Todd Schneider, said the group has incorporated as The Pat Mackesey Memorial Scholarship Fund and is awaiting approval of nonprofit status. Four scholarships were given in Mackesey’s honor to Monona Grove High School seniors earlier this month.

“All the recipients were very involved in their school and community, which to us reflected Pat’s involvement in his community,” Daggett said.

The recipients were Griffin Haase, Ellery Gronski, Maeve Kim and Spencer Hampton.

“Our plan is to continue to fund scholarships for Monona Grove seniors for years to come,” Daggett said. “MackFest provides all the funding for our scholarships, and there are no paid members involved in either MackFest or The Pat Mackesey Memorial Scholarship Fund Inc. All our volunteers pay to work the MackFest event. Every dollar earned goes to our scholarship fund.”

Mackesey graduated in 1976 from Monona Grove High School.

In addition to his business operations, he was also known for his 30 years as a volunteer coach in the Monona Pee Wee football program and more than 15 years in the Monona Grove Youth Football program. He was also a player in the fifth- and sixth-grade Pee Wee football program’s inaugural season in 1969.

In 2015, Mackesey was elected village president in Cottage Grove. He died unexpectedly later that year.

Check-in the day of the golf outing is at 10 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Dinner will be from 5-7 p.m., with check-in starting at 4 p.m.

Music again this year will be provided by Axle Grease, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Cottage Grove branch of the Bank of Sun Prairie has signed on as a platinum sponsor this year and will provide golf shirts for all the golfers.

A few golf spots remain, and there are still ample openings for dinner and Axle Grease, Daggett said.

There remains a need for hole sponsors, raffle prizes and silent auction items.

For more details, registration or information how to donate, visit

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