Saving Grace Animal Society (SGAS) is putting out the call to golfers, sponsors and animal enthusiasts to join them for their first ever fundraising golf tournament, held Friday August 26th, 2022 at the Wolf Creek Golf Resort near Ponoka.
“2022 has been such an incredible year of highs and lows, and definitely one of our most challenging yet,” says Amanda McClughan, Co-Executive Director of SGAS. “While we were able to break ground on our new veterinary facility and have been blessed with many donors and volunteers, this year’s animal intakes, rescues and medical bills have been just as staggering.”
Always seeking to find new ways to connect with supporters, the team at SGAS has begun organizing a tried and true fundraising event – a golf tournament that challenges participants to put the ‘fun’ back in ‘fundraising’.
“Golf can be a tricky sport for many players,” says McClughan, recognizing the wide variety of skill levels that may intimidate amateur golfers, “but that’s not the point. Our focus is on fun. Great scores, poor scores, as long as memories are made and fun is had, we’ll consider it a successful tournament.”
With prizes planned for participation, completion of activities and draws, anyone of any skill level has an opportunity to be a winner. “Though, the real winners are the animals we are able to help” says McClughan, noting an increase in dog and cat intakes during the summer months.
In addition to 18 holes of golf on one of Central Alberta’s premiere golf courses, the tournament also features visits from select SGAS animals, a raffle table, 50-50 tickets and will be topped off with a casual dinner and a comedy show.
“We’ve already registered our first few teams, and are looking to fill our tournament with a full 72 golfers,” says McClughan.
Registration is $800 for a team of four, and teams are encouraged to have as much fun as they possibly can when it comes to team spirit. “Neon colors, catchy team names, animal print and outrageous make- up, we’re prepared for nearly anything,” says McClughan.
Corporate entries and sponsorship opportunities are available as well, and anyone wishing to donate their time as a volunteer, or a raffle prize or swag bag contribution is encouraged to contact Saving Grace Animal Society to find out how they can be involved.
“From rescue to rehabilitation to rehome, it takes an entire team of people to care for our animals. Not just our organization, but the countless volunteers, partners, foster and adoption families,” says McClughan, “and we’re grateful for every dollar, every hour, every intention that we receive.”
For additional details on Saving Grace Animal Society’s inaugural Fundraising Golf Tournament, click here.
Written with files from Saving Grace Animal Society.