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Scaled-back golf tournament raises $5,000 for WCS program

WCS’ Leigh-Anne Quinn at the organization’s Jeanne Renault Golf Classic, held Aug. 19 at the Ariss Valley Golf Club. The effort raised some $5,000. [Justine Fraser]

Scaled back due to the pandemic, the 27th annual Jeanne Renault Golf Classic was an in-person event this year, rather than the more improvised offering last summer. Some 40 participants hit the links at the Ariss Valley Golf Club August 19, raising $5,000 for the Woolwich Community Services’ family violence prevention program.

In recognition of the situation, organizers called this year’s outing the COVID Classic, said Leigh-Anne Quinn , community engagement coordinator for WCS.

“All the proceeds will go towards providing education, [including] to elementary students on healthy dating relationships and also to provide support to victims of family violence. Over the past year, the needs of those that we support have intensified; staff have continued to offer support through Zoom or over the phone. Even a few women’s groups have taken place over Zoom, so while we weren’t able to always meet in person due to the COVID-19 provincial lockdowns, we were still able to offer service to those who are experiencing, are in or have been in a family violence situation,” she said.

The day saw some 40 golfers take part.

“We were very pleased to have that many golfers though I mean we’re in uncertain times right so you don’t know how events are going to go. And I think the event, turned out wonderful and we were very appreciative of those who were able to make it and come out and golf for the family violence prevention program.

“We did see a decrease in golfers – there’s something to be said for having a banquet afterwards as a formal dinner, a big prize table and silent auctions, and just kind of being able to get together and chat, but one thing that was still nice is everyone could still eat dinner in the same area. There was lots of great conversation happening between tables, so there still was that camaraderie,” said Quinn.

“Our goal is next year hopefully we are in the position where we can offer a tournament as we have in previous years.”

Fundraisers such as the golf tournament typically account for about 40 per cent of the family violence prevention program’s budget.

There were smiles all around as groups were finally able to get out for an in-person iteration of the fundraising golf tournament. [Justine Fraser]

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