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Golf tourney will help fund rec. projects in Breslau

Breslau Chiropractic owner Oscar Alba has organized a golf tournament at Merry-Hill Golf Club alongside Breslau Dental Group, with proceeds going to the Breslau Recreation Association.
Breslau Chiropractic owner Oscar Alba has organized a golf tournament at Merry-Hill Golf Club alongside Breslau Dental Group, with proceeds going to the Breslau Recreation Association.
Breslau Chiropractic owner Oscar Alba has organized a golf tournament at Merry-Hill Golf Club alongside Breslau Dental Group, with proceeds going to the Breslau Recreation Association.
Breslau Chiropractic owner Oscar Alba has organized a golf tournament at Merry-Hill Golf Club alongside Breslau Dental Group, with proceeds going to the Breslau Recreation Association.

Breslau Chiropractic and Breslau Dental Group are inviting you to tee up for a good cause this weekend.

The local businesses are organizing the first annual Breslau/Woolwich Golf Tournament at Merry-Hill Golf Club, with all proceeds being donated to the Breslau Recreation Association.

“I am new to Breslau. I have been here about six months and it has been great – everyone here is so friendly, a really nice community. So I was thinking of a way to give back and do that while having it still be fun,” said Oscar Alba, Breslau Chiropractic owner.

After seeing what the dental office has done with their movie nights, Alba was inspired to give back to the community through another sort of activity: golf.

“So I reached out to Merry-Hill and they said we could have it there, and so we decided to have the tournament,” he explained.

The tournament comes at an $85 cost, which includes 18 holes, a power cart and lasagna meal. Approximately $15-$20 of that is being donated directly to the rec. association, in addition to all funds being donated in sponsoring course holes.

“Fifty people signed up for golf and a few people are doing just the meal. My goal is to raise about $1,000,” he explained. “I was trying to figure out who I should give it to it, but then I came across the new park that is being built, so I figured that would be perfect.”

The organizers are intending these funds to be used for the park enhancement project in Breslau. While there is no set course of action, the township alongside the community members are dedicated to building some momentum for future park enhancements that will likely occur in stages, notes Ann McArthur, Woolwich’s director of recreation and facilities.

“Staff are having a draft site plan prepared from the concept drawing which will assign costing for each proposed amenity to help move the project forward. The plan identifies a number of projects that could be undertaken including a splash pad, a trail network through the park, sun shelters, new playground equipment, a multi-purpose court, tree plantings, courtyard and improvements to the pavilion to name a few. Implementation of the various plan components would occur over a number of years as community fundraising initiatives occurred,” she said.

At this time, organizers are looking at taking a potential five years to complete the work, depending on cost, fundraising efforts and support, but is expected to have a substantial cost if the entire plan is to be implemented.

“(We) are very grateful for the local businesses and community members who are so passionate about Breslau and appreciate their assistance to see park improvements through to fruition. There is a great sense of community in this settlement and we appreciate the continued support to help us foster healthy active lifestyles through unstructured, active play in an outdoor environment. We encourage the community to come out and support this golf tournament what a great fundraising initiative,” she said.

This may be the first cause Alba is supporting in the community through the tournament, but he hopes after the first year they will be able to turn it into an annual tournament to give back to the community year after year.

“We are hoping it will be annual so we can grow it bigger and bigger. This time I had no idea what to expect but so far, it has gone a lot better than expected. I’m hoping next year will be even bigger,” he said. “I am all for that, so we try to help out. It’s been awesome.”

Although the course has put a cap on the amount of golfers who can participate, Alba says it isn’t too late to sign up.

The tournament will be held this Saturday (Sept. 23) with a noon tee-off time at Merry-Hill Golf Club.

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