More than 100 golfers who took to the links at the Conestoga Country Club last week raised $14,000 for family violence prevention programs.
It was the 16th annual outing for the Jeanne Renault Golf Classic organized by Woolwich Community Services.
“It was a really, really, really great turnout,” said Leigh-Anne Quinn, community resource coordinator at WCS. “The weather cooperated with us, all the golfers had an awesome time, and everything went great.”
The tournament commemorates the work of Elmira resident Jeanne Renault, who was instrumental in organizing the family violence prevention program.
Held Aug. 12, the tournament raised money through registration fees, a raffle and several other contests, such as a putting contest and a longest drive competition. The money will be used to provide educational programs to school students aimed at providing healthy dating and relationship tips, and to provide support to victims of family violence.
“It’s all about conflict resolution, bullying, and those sorts of things,” explained Quinn. “The key is to get into schools and talk to youth and children at their influential stage.”
The tournament also gave away $9,500 worth of prizes to golfers, including two hot-air balloon rides, and a new Blackberry Bold. RBC and RBC Dominion Securities sponsored several hole-in-one contests as well, including one for $10,000 and another for a trip to Maui.
“But nobody won,” Quinn said with a laugh. “Maybe next year.”
The 2011 Jeanne Renault Golf Classic will be held on Aug. 11 at the Conestoga Country Club.