Looking to give its annual fundraising drive a sharper local focus, the Birchwood Country Club chose Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service as the beneficiary this year.

Held over Labor Day weekend, the drive raised approximately 80 percent of the funds WVEMS needs to purchase a Likepak 15 monitor/defibrilator. A Lifepak 15 costs about $35,000, according to EMS Coordinator Marc Hartog.

Marin Iselin, president of WVEMS, welcomed Birchwood's assistance, since its equipment and ambulances are not covered by the town budget.

"It doesn't come out of taxpayer money," he said. "It comes out of donations like this, so we're very appreciative when an organization or individuals come forward with their generosity." WVEMS would ultimately like to have four Lifepak 15s.