Community Living Essex County raises $18,000 at golf tournament



By Ron Giofu


For the 23rd straight year, golfers were able to hit the links and help those with intellectual disabilities and their families at the same time.

Golf CLECThe 23rd annual Charity Golf Classic was held July 17 at Fox Glen Golf Club in McGregor with 116 golfers in attendance. The event was presented by Community Living Essex County (CLEC) and it was announced last Friday afternoon that it raised approximately $18,000 for that organization.

Tony DeSantis, manager of community relations and resource development with CLEC, noted that while the tournament was down slightly in terms of the number of golfers, sponsors were increased this year.

DeSantis said CLEC appreciates the sponsors tremendously.
“We wouldn’t be able to do it without them,” he said.

A highlight of the event for CLEC was the $2,500 cheque presentation from Kent-Essex Insurance. The money was donated in memory of Amy Graham, a person that had been supported through CLEC who died in Nov. 2011 at the age of 34. The money will be earmarked towards respite programs.

“The money is so well needed right now,” said CLEC executive director Nancy Wallace-Gero. “This will help tremendously.”

Diane Bourbeau, who chairs CLEC’s board of directors, also expressed gratitude for those who golfed and for those who sponsored and made donations.

“As an organization, we know we have a wonderful group of supporters all year round,” said Bourbeau.

The event also featured the “Municipal Cup,” where golfers representing their various municipalities tried to win the trophy. For the third straight year, LaSalle took home top honours. Other municipalities represented this year included Amherstburg, Kingsville, Lakeshore and Leamington.

The foursome of Tim Allen, Dave Arcos, Mike Hopkins and Robert Sartor had the best overall low gross team score shooting a 57.  The mixed team champions were Dannie Quinlan, Wassim Sarweh, Cathy Menard and Tom Fuerth.  The winners of the men’s and ladies’ Longest Drive Contest were Doug Barnett and Mary Lou Henderson. The closet to the pin contest winners were Dannie Quinlan for the ladies’ and Brian Parent for the men.

DeSantis noted that Community Living Essex County wishes to thank the many area businesses and organizations throughout Essex County for their generosity in donating prizes for the participants and for serving as lead, sign, and hole and dinner sponsors for the event. Volunteers and staff who assisted in planning and running the event were also thanked.

Community Living Essex County supports approximately 650 people with an intellectual disability and their families across Essex County. That includes at the CLEC-operated Channel Resource Centre on Bathurst St. in Amherstburg.

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