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article imageMayor's Golf Classic raises funds for Firehouse Youth Centre Special

By Katie Ryalen     Jul 14, 2013 in Lifestyle
Bowmanville - The eighth annual Mayor’s Golf Classic tournament in Bowmanville, Ontario commenced, raising funds for Clarington’s Firehouse Youth Centre in support of its summer programming initiatives for at-risk and marginalized youth.
Since 2006 the Mayor’s Golf Classic has been raising funds for not-for profit and charitable organizations in the municipality of Clarington, Ontario. This year, the tournament aims to raise a minimum of $25,000 for Clarington’s Firehouse Youth Centre in support of its summer programming initiatives.
“When I first heard that we'd been chosen, I don’t think I stopped smiling for a month,” says Chris Newman, Firehouse Youth Centre Coordinator. “I kept thinking, is this a joke? Are they kidding?”
The Firehouse Youth Centre, run by the not-for-profit social services organization the John Howard Society of Durham Region, is a drop-in recreational program for at-risk and marginalized youth. In addition, the centre offers proactive programs like resume workshops, and cooking and life skills classes.
Chris Newman  Firehouse Youth Centre Coordinator  poses for a photo with a participant at the eighth...
Chris Newman, Firehouse Youth Centre Coordinator, poses for a photo with a participant at the eighth annual Mayor's Golf Classic at the Bowmanville Golf and Country Club.
“We are expanding on our summer program with excursions,” explains Newman. “This year we’re looking at going to Canada’s Wonderland, bowling, go carting, laser tag ... It gives them a chance to experience something they might not otherwise get a chance to experience; things that you and I might take for granted.”
This is the first year the Firehouse Youth Centre will be the recipients of the funds raised by the Mayor’s Golf Classic, held at the Bowmanville Golf and Country Club.
“Our budget is tight,” says Newman, “and normally we have to charge a little bit of money to kids for these programs. But this year we can offer them for free. This year they will have more opportunities solely because of this event.”
The funds raised are not the only feature of the tournament which relies on charitable contributions. The event itself relies on sponsorship and is run entirely by volunteers.
"We’ve had an amazing response from the community," says Jen Stycuk, Communications Coordinator with the Municipality of Clarington. "We’ve jumped way ahead of our fundraising milestones. The community has been fantastic; they have been very supportive of the Firehouse Youth Centre and what they’re trying to do."
James Campbell, Executive Director and Curator of the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, has taken part in the tournament this year because he knows the impact an event like this can have for a not-for-profit organization. Two years ago, his gallery was the recipient of the funds raised by the Mayor's Golf Classic.
"As a public gallery, $30,000 is a remarkable windfall to receive," he says. "This is our fourth year taking part [in the tournament]. It's a way for us to say thank you."
Mayor Adrian Foster (right)  gets ready to tee off with a tournament sponsor at the Bowmanville Golf...
Mayor Adrian Foster (right), gets ready to tee off with a tournament sponsor at the Bowmanville Golf and Country Club for the eighth annual Mayor's Golf Classic.
Jennifer Cooke, Manager of Communications and Tourism for the Municipality of Clarington, explains the message which the tournament sends to the public. "An event like this shows that municipal and local government is not oblivious to the organizations we rely on to run programs for our youth, for our older adults, [etc.] ... And the tax payers get to feel good that we’re doing good for the community without impacting tax dollars."
What does Mayor Adrian Foster have to say about his tournament? "There is a fantastic amount of community building that goes on. It’s been a great day. I’m the world’s worst golfer — yes, you can quote me on that — but it’s been a hoot."
Next year the Mayor's Golf Classic has named Bethesda House, a shelter for abused women and their children, as the recipient of the funds raised from the tournament.
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