NEW GLASGOW — Celebrating 25 years is special for the 2019 Summer Street Golf Scramble.
Organizers want to make sure it is.
The scramble is scheduled for June 21 at Abercrombie Country Club with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., and organizers hope to achieve their goal of a 36-team draw.
“We’re looking forward to it,” event co-ordinator Paula Irving said. “It’s one of the longest running and most successful scrambles in Atlantic Canada, especially in terms of fundraising.”
She noted that all proceeds from the scramble assist in operating Summer Street and its programs.
The scramble raised $8,900 when it was first played in 1994 to offer financial support and meet the varied needs for Summer Street’s 200 clients throughout Pictou County with intellectual disabilities.
Staff and volunteers provide services that include programs pertaining to personal development, vocational training, wellness and literacy programs and employment services.
The general fundraising goal each year is $150,000, although it is often exceeded and organizers have been able to count on the 36-team draw being sold out.
“We hope to once again blow that out of the water,” event co-chairman Ray Wagg said. “Over our 25-year history we have raised more than $3 million in support of Summer Street.”
Wagg and fellow event co-chairman Barry Hamilton agreed golfers’ support has been crucial to the scramble’s success.
“We try to keep it fun with lots of surprises for our golfers,” Hamilton said. “We need our golfers to make a difference in the lives of our clients.”
Besides golf teams, organizers encourage businesses and groups to sponsor each hole and other attractions. They have started earlier than usual this year to prepare for the scramble.
“We have to contact people who sponsor each hole,” Wagg said. “For a very good reason, we’re off the mark earlier.”
Irving can be contacted at Paula@summerstreet.ca to register or for more information.
“It’s a great opportunity for businesses to have fun and for everyone to have a great day,” she said.
The usual post-golf reception at Summer Street that features remarks and awards presentations this year will feature an extended kitchen party affair and is a chance for golfers to enjoy the fellowship for a longer time.
From left: event co-chairmen Ray Wagg and Barry Hamilton and event co-ordinator Paula Irving stands beside a Summer Street Golf Scramble poster. (Goodwin photo)