United Way shooting for hole in one

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Fore! Look out, the United Way’s annual golf tournament is just around the corner.
The fundraising event is in its third year and will be taking place this Saturday, July 9 at Glen Lovat golf course.
“We moved it ahead a month this year, hoping for better weather,” explains Jessica Smith, executive director of the United Way of Pictou County.
The tournament is open to 25 teams with space still available.
“It’s great so far,” says Smith.
Instead of raising funds for the event, teams of four pay $320 which includes the green fees, cart rentals and a dinner afterward.
“The registration fee covers the cost of the event and we have sponsors as well as games during the event and a 50/50 draw and silent auction to raise funds.”
Smith says the event has been slowly growing each year, raising $3,000 in the first year and $5,500 last year.
“We are hoping to raise $5,500 or more this year,” she notes.
The tournament begins at 12 noon and wraps up around 6 p.m. with a dinner at the course.
“We have a hole-in-one contest on one of the holes where the winner gets $10,000.”
The money raised from the event will go toward the United Way’s Bikes for Kids program, which costs $6,000 to $7,000 annually to run.
“We don’t really get enough funding for the program, because we hire a summer student to run Bikes for Kids and we have to purchase tools, parts for the bikes, bells and helmets for all bikes and training wheels if needed,” explains Smith.
Any additional funds raised from the golf tournament go into the general community pot for the following year’s campaign in support of local organizations.
To register for the tournament or for more information, phone United Way at 902-755-1754 or visit www.pictoucountyunitedway.ca.

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