Summer Street golf gives boost


ABERCROMBIE — It was another great year for the Summer Street Scramble, with the annual golf tournament raising the second largest amount in its 24-year history.

The event, which ran all day Friday, June 22 at the Abercrombie Country Club, had 35 teams whose members brought in $251,277. That brings the total raised to more than $3.1 million for the organization, which provides opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

“I’m super excited. I had every confidence that we’d break our $3-million goal, but never dreamed that we’d come back and raise over a quarter-million-dollars a game. That’s the second most amount we’ve ever raised. To do that back-to-back is an amazing accomplishment,” said scramble co-chair Ray Wagg, referencing last year’s record setting fundraising amount of $274,000.

Summer Street executive director Bob Bennett said the day was amazing, noting the feeling on the course and how much fun everyone participating had.

“We’re overwhelmed by the generosity of this community.”

The top fundraising team was CIBC Wood Gundy with $50,950. The second highest fundraising team was It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere with $50,330. The East Coast Credit Union Team had the lowest score at 60.

“The stories we heard about how people raised the money and the extra effort people put in was really motivating for all of us,” said Wagg.

He also praised the support from the sponsors.

“I think Pictou County truly believes that Summer Street is providing an essential service and an excellent service to the citizens of Pictou County who need it, and that’s why they get such tremendous support.”

CIBC Wood Gundy was the top fund-raising team in this year’s Summer Street Scramble with $50,950. From left are team members Glenn Hynes, Howie Anderson, Marc Comeau and Brock Proudfoot. (Jess photo)