Victims Services golf tournament fundraiser returning in August

A vital community organization is hosting a golf tournament in August with the aim of raising some much-needed funds.

A vital community organization is hosting a golf tournament in August with the aim of raising some much-needed funds.

The Sylvan Lake and District Victim Services unit provides supportive services to individuals affected by criminal and traumatic crises, including — but not limited to — traffic accidents, domestic violence, suicide, sexual assault and bullying.

The unit’s advocates are specially trained to deal with such situations, and last year worked with over 1,500 people, all ranging widely in age, according to program co-ordinator Jennifer Plotkinoff. For that reason, the unit needs as much support as it can get.

The annual golf tournament, now in its 15th year, will take place at the Sylvan Lake Golf and Country Club on Aug. 5. It will not only provide an enjoyable way of raising money for a good cause, according to Plotkinoff; it will also give participants the chance to meet people who work both for and alongside the Victim Services unit.

“I’ts a great opportunity for the public to meet the local RCMP and advocates from the unit,” she said.

The tournament in previous years has brought in up to $25,000 in support of the unit. That money helps fund training for the unit’s advocates and supports its programs and service offerings in general.

This year, Plotkinoff said, organizers are aiming to beat last year’s fundraising total of $20,000.

Live and silent auctions will take place in conjunction with the tournament, and offer attendees a chance to get their hands on various pieces of prestigious sports memorabilia among plenty of other items.

The tournament begins at 11 a.m., with registration running from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Further information on the tournament, and on the Victim Services unit, is available on the Sylvan Lake and District Victim Services unit’s website at www.sylvanlakevictimservices.com.