The Mayor’s Golf Tournament at Deerhurst Resort on September 23 raised thousands for four local sport charities: Dara Howell’s Women into Sport Fund, the Canadian Tire JumpStart Program, the Huntsville Curling Club Building Foundation, and Ironman Muskoka.
With the money from the tournament we’ll be able to help another 200 kids in this area (throught the Canadian Tire JumpStart Program). That’s amazing.Mayor Scott Aitchison
“We’ve been working on a theme of active, healthy lives, particularly related to youth,” said Mayor Scott Aitchison. “I’ve spent a lot of time engaging young people in what’s going on at town hall through the youth council and my decorate the mayor’s office art contest. It seemed like a great fit to support these charities – the Dara Howell Women Into Sport Fund does a great job of inspiring young women and the Canadian Tire JumpStart program has helped more than 1700 kids in Muskoka get involved in sport. We figure that with the money from the tournament we’ll be able to help another 200 kids in this area. That’s amazing.”
“The tournament went extremely well,” said event organizer, Myke Malone. “We won’t have a final fundraising total until next week but I think we’ll come in at over $25,000.” A portion of the funds raised will offset costs related to Ironman Muskoka with the remaining going to the other charities.
“We tried to make it about more than just the golf with interactive fun on each hole,” said Malone. “People said it made for a really fun day on the course.”
Many of the holes had interactive contests including a ‘Golfing in the Eyes of a Senior’ hole sponsored by Chartwell – players had to wear an oversized jacket, bulky gloves and vision-impairing glasses. Prizes were awarded for longest men’s and women’s drives with those impairments.
Hutcheson Sand and Gravel sponsored a ‘closest to the sand trap’ hole. And title sponsor Devonleigh Homes brought Big Blue Air – their shuttle-service helicopter – and collected bids on a helicopter tour of Lake of Bays. The winning bid by Kris House was $1200.
“I didn’t play very well,” laughed Aitchison, “but it was a treat for me to be able to thank the sponsors personally and publicly. I appreciate their support of me and the tournament and the cause. All of them are corporate citizens who do lots of good things in the community.”
Photos submitted by Myke Malone