Birdies and eagles fund programs

By Geoff Lee

November 22, 2016 12:00 AM

A cheque for $13,500 was presented to the Lloydminster Sexual Assault Centre from half the proceeds raised for two charities at the Autumn Leaves Charitable Golf Tournament held in August. Accepting the cheque is Tiffany Falcon, director of crisis response and advocacy at the Little Bear Advocacy Centre. Falcon is flanked on the left left by Jeff Collins, and on the right by Patrick Hart, president of the committee of Husky employees. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

Hard times are proving to be good times for the Lloydminster Interval Home and the Lloydminster Sexual Assault & Information Centre.
Despite the economic downtown, this year’s Autumn Leaves Charitable Golf Tournament raised $27,000 for the benefit of both non profit organizations.
Charlene Rowein, executive director of Interval Home, was over the moon while accepting a $13,500 cheque at Interval Store on Nov. 16
“Those dollars will go specifically to our community education and engagement programs,” said Rowein, with the educational emphasis on violence prevention.
Interval Home operates a 24-hour emergency shelter, a second stage shelter, a community outreach and education program, a 24 hour crisis line and Interval Store that sells second hand goods.
The cheque presentation was made by tournament committee president, Patrick Hart, a health and safety advisor for Husky Energy and Jeff Collins, a business development rep from the event diamond sponsor, Vertex Resource Group Ltd.
“With 2016 having been a challenging year, the amount of support was truly amazing and, with that, we’d like to personally thank our sponsors, golfers, committee members and volunteers,” said Hart in an e-mail.
He brought some of his fellow committee members from Husky to Interval Store for a photo op and further comment.
“We look forward to being able to support the Interval Home and the shelter that the Interval Home provides for the city,” said Hart.
The tournament, played in August, was the 24th annual event that has raised more than $700,000 for the two charities over the years.
“It’s been really a great partnership with them, and for them to be able to continue to do that for us, it’s a huge benefit to our program and to engage in the community about family violence,” said Rowein.
Collins says this year was the first time Vertex has been a $5,000 diamond sponsor, but it may not be their last.
“We probably plan on doing exactly the same thing next year too,” he said, noting it’s a great cause. “Vertex always wants to make sure we are putting in lots for the community.”
The cheque was well timed for Family Violence Prevention month in November.
“Our community and education coordinator is spending a lot of time this month really getting that word out about not only the services we are providing, but also the education around family violence,” said Rowein.
A cheque for $13,500 was also presented that day at the Little Bear Advocacy Centre, operated by the Lloydminster Sexual Assault & Information Centre.
“It’s definitely great to help out the community of Lloydminster,” said Tiffany Falcon, director of crisis response and advocacy at the centre.
Falcon accepted the cheque from Hart and Collins and spoke about the new centre the money will help support.
“At the advocacy centre, we support children and youth that come in and interview that might disclose any type of abuse,” she explained.
The sexual assault centre operates a 24 hour crisis line to female survivors of sexual assault. Its services include group programming, public education, trainings and workshops, community collaboration and volunteer opportunities.
“So it will go toward helping many different things in our organization,” said Falcon about the cheque.
“We do appreciate the continued support from the Autumn Leaves golf tournament.”

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