SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: Former NHL player and assistant coach to the New York Rangers, Jeff Beukeboom came to Wolf Run golf course, on July 12th, to support a great cause.
The 23rd Annual Jeff Beukeboom Charity Classic Golf Tournament brought over a hundred golfers out, to support Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes (BGCKL), a non-profit organization committed to serving the youth in this area.
The tournament has raised $507,000 to date, keeping BGCKL programs cost affordable for all families, and subsidizing costs for those who cannot afford the programs otherwise.
“We have a strong subsidy program for families, it is not particularly onerous. Parents come in and fill out a one page form, talk with one of our coordinators, and then we provide the service at a cost they can afford,” said Scott Robertson, executive director at BGCKL.
Mr. Beukeboom has been involved with the tournament for the last 23 years and says he is appreciative of the work BGCKL do. The only thing he asked of BGCKL when the tournament started, was that all the money goes directly into improving the programs, instead of going toward administrative fees.
Mr. Beukeboom is glad the tournament has been so successful in supporting the organization financially over the years.
“I visited the centre in Lindsay a couple times, and to see it grow and prosper over 23 years, to what it is today, and know it has all this support behind it, is so huge,” Mr. Beukeboom said.
The BGCKL executive director, Scott Robertson said fundraisers like this and the Shamrock Sprint are crucial for the organizations financial well-being.
“One of the big keys to all of our fundraiser activities is to generate revenue, that we can use to make sure all kids have an opportunity to take part in sports, no matter what their families financial situation is,” he said. “What this money enables us to do is, really level the playing field for kids who have less.”
A lot of families also depend on the BGCKL licensed child care program to get their kids to and from school. Mr. Robertson says the staff and volunteers don’t only look after the children, they mentor them as well.
“One of the biggest things our organization does, that sets us apart, is that whole relationship that we have with the kids in the programs,” he said. “Many of the kids are [at the club] virtually every day and the more contact they have with our staff and volunteers the better off they are in the long run with increased skill levels, new experiences, and a sense that they belong.”
BGCKL offers a variety of services including summer camps, sport programs, before and after school programs, licensed childcare, and support services.
Anyone interested in registering their children for any of BGCKL’s programs can visit http://www.bgckl.com/register--2/online-registration and sign up online.
Those interested in donating to the organization can visit http://www.bgckl.com/get-involved/donate and do so online. Anyone looking for additional information about donating can contact Heather McCullough, at 705-324-4493 ext. 203, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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