Plans for this years AACS Golf Tournament are well underway and “coming along pretty well,” according to Tournament Chair Klaas van Veller.
The tournament has registered 90 participants, just short of their goal of 107. However, van Veller is confident the tournament will attain their goal.
”There are still some people making up teams; [we] should probably have the same if not more,” van Veller said in a recent phone interview.
There are no changes to the format of the tournament this year with organizers continuing the tradition of the “M.A.S.H.” theme, as it has proven popular in previous years.
Van Veller says the theme, which is based on the popular 40’s T.V. show, is one the participants seem to really like.
The community has responded quite well to this year’s tournament, with the number of sponsors equalling previous years. However, the monetary value of the sponsorships has decreased, something van Veller attributes to the economy,
“The economy is coming, but it is not there yet,” he said.
Van Veller acknowledged the support of all sponsors, particularly the Sylvan Lake Lion’s Club, but notes the committee is still looking for more.
With no immediate need for new equipment, proceeds from the tournament will be utilized in the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the care centre.
“Alberta Health Services has not contacted us regarding any further equipment purchases, perhaps they will in the future,” Klaas stated.
The Urgent Care Committee’s yearly fundraising goal is $50,000 with the golf tournament expected to generate between $20,000 and $25,000.
The Tim Horton’s smile cookie campaign, held in the fall each year, is another big fundraising opportunity for the Urgent Care Committee.
Also, the committee volunteers and helps with the Spirit of Sylvan Yuletide Festival around Christmas where they usually receive part of the proceeds as a donation.
Planning this year’s tournament has been quite positive for van Veller and the Urgent Care Committee with everything falling into place as anticipated.
Despite fundraising efforts this far have left the committee slightly behind compared to years passed, van Veller is confident this year will be another success.
“We are receiving quite a few responses from the business community in the way of prizes and hole sponorships,” he said.
For individuals or groups still wishing to participate in this year’s tournament they can register at the Meadowlands Golf Course or phone van Veller directly at 403-887-3776.
The “M.A.S.H.” themed golf tournament for AACS will be held at Meadowlands Golf Course on Aug. 10.