Tis the season of goodwill, and good cheer on the 19th hole of the local golf course. But, it is also a time of giving back to the community by playing a game some call a good walk spoiled. Yes, it is golf season, and the number of charity tournaments that are played and the high dollar amounts being donated because of golf is simply fantastic.
On Aug.12 it was Leckie and Associates who took over centre stage at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre. Their tournament attracted a full slate of 144 golfers and they filled up the charity coffers as well. Partner Kerry Leckie said this is the 11th annual golf tournament in support of the Lloydminster Men’s Shelter.
“Obviously a great weather day,” he said. “Everybody seems to be having a great deal of fun. That’s what it is all about, raising a little bit of money for the charity and having some fun.” They put on this tournament for capital projects for non-profit organizations.
That “little bit” of money he talked about was not so little. They raised a total of $32,000 from the one-day event.
“The lion’s share will be used for Gibney House, our new second stage and affordable housing solution. Some funds have been earmarked for a few small projects at the shelter,” said Greg Jones, the treasurer with Lloydminster Social Action Coalition Society (LSACS), who run the men’s shelter.
The Gibney House is a housing initiative to provide accommodation for eight separate rooms with a common kitchen. The money received from this donation will go a long way towards renovating the facility.
While it is not necessarily a different charity every year that receives the proceeds from this annual fundraiser.
“Over the last 11 years we’ve had eight different charities. All local charities, all with a capital project they want funded,” said Leckie.
Getting on the list to receive a donation is simple enough, said Leckie. “Typically every year people have expressed interest over the course of the winter and we will send out a letter to them. If they have a capital project that they can identify that they would like funding for, we are more than happy to help them make the money for it.”
Neil Harris, vice-chair of the LSACS board commented, “It’s actually fantastic for the men’s shelter. We really appreciate Leckie and Associates choosing us this year as their donation organization, and it is a fantastic event, a one day event that one can raise great donations towards a cause of the homelessness and affordable housing. We just really appreciate Leckie and Associates.”
One of the benefits the shelter will gain from this is a new floor, which is already in the process of being laid. There is also a short list of things needed on the exterior of the shelter. “There is always upkeep and maintenance to keep a building like that going.
Harris is grateful to Leckie in a number of ways, including the fact that Leckie and Associates do almost all the work for this, and they are well practiced in putting on a smooth and successful event. When this kind of large donation is received, Harris said, “It is a huge hand up.”