ABERCROMBIE — Howie Anderson says he can appreciate how the annual Summer Street golf scramble has evolved.
Anderson has played every year and is ready with his five-man team to play golf and raise money for Summer Street at the 24th edition of the event on June 22 at the Abercrombie Country Club. The other members of the team are Marc Comeau, Brock Proudfoot, Bruce Wallace and Frank van Gestel.
He is among those who can recall how the event managed to raise $8,900.
“It just built from there,” he said. “It’s been great since it opened.”
The scramble is being played as Summer Street celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The day will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and will conclude with a dinner and awards presentation at Summer Street, 72 Park Street, New Glasgow.
Organizers are hoping to scale the $3-million plateau this year in terms of funds raised during those 24 years.
The event can accommodate up to 34 teams on the course and has achieved that total this year.
“We have a sold-out event,” said Ray Wagg, who helps organize the scramble. “Our goal is to pass the $3-million mark and with the proceeds and sponsors we have in place we think we can.”
The scramble presents various themes each year, and it’s a Scottish theme this year. The Ode to the Haggis will also be conducted, Wagg said.
“We are recognizing the tremendous support from the Scottish community and we’re looking forward to lots of tartans.”
Summer Street executive director Bob Bennett said he appreciates what the funds raised from the scramble have done to support programs for the organization’s nearly 200 clients.
“The generosity of the people of Pictou County who donate through the golf scramble is amazing,” Bennett praised. “It’s the difference between doing good stuff and doing exceptional stuff.”
Howie Anderson, left, and Marc Comeau are members of one of the top fundraising teams for the annual Summer Street golf scramble scheduled for June 22 at the Abercrombie Country Club. (Goodwin photo)