House of Shalom hits hole-in-one with Community Cup Golf Tournament


By Joel Charron

A record number of golfers took part in this years House of Shalom golf tournament.

A total of 86 golfers took to the links at Sutton Creek Gold Course for the 18th Annual Community Cup, with all the proceeds going to benefit the House of Shalom Youth Centre.

After a day out on the course the foursome of Dave Vandermuren, Brad Blackburn, Chip Thasher and Jim Morgan came into the clubhouse as the victors.

“We had a tremendous amount of support in every step of the tournament,” Rebecca Deline, House of Shalom’s activities coordinator.


The House of Shalom held its Community Cup golf tournament Saturday, May 12. Activities and fundraising co-ordinator Rebecca Deline (right) awards the cup to tournament winners (from left) Brad Blackburn, Jim Morgan, Chip Thrasher and Dave Vandermuren.

All in all, the tournament made just short of $6,500, which is the most ever raised from the tourney.

“In a time where we’re all still trying to recover from an economic crisis, the support of our community and our fundraising efforts is at an increased level,” said Deline.

The proceeds will be put into the House of Shalom’s general fund with decisions to be made in the future on which programs the funding should be allocated to.

House of Shalom program co-coordinator Holly Kirk-McLean added that staff was pleased to see the turnout and were happy with donations as funding is a little bit tougher. The United Way of Windsor-Essex County used to have a $10 million campaign but the economic downturn has seen that drop to a $5 million campaign.

“The fundraising committee worked very hard with Rebecca to make the tournament more visible and to make it a quality event,” said Kirk-McLean.   “Rebecca really gave the tournament that last little push it needed to make it what it is this year.”

Kirk-McLean praised the staff at Sutton Creek Golf Course, stating the Sutton Creek staff helped make the day “less stressful”

“It’s was just a fun day,” she said.

Deline believes the golf tournament attracted a good turnout is because the services offered to the youths of the House of Shalom.

“It’s reassuring to see that people recognize the necessity of our program, and that the positive affect our members are having on the community is being reflected in the support that we are constantly gaining,” said Deline.

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