Charity golf tournament fore Strong Kids approaching

Nathan Liewicki
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YMCA fundraiser hits the Lynbrook links June 13

Corinne Damaskie is hoping to make it a perfect 12-for-12 on June 13.

A golfer hits at shot as one of his teammates looks on during a charity tournament at the Lynbrook Golf Course in August 2013.

The manager of funds development and school-age care at the Moose Jaw YMCA, Damaskie told the Times-Herald there has yet to be an edition of the YMCA’s annual Charity Golf Tournament with buckets of rain, or any bad weather. She hopes that streak stays alive next month when money for the Strong Kids Campaign will be raised at Lynbrook Golf Course.

“The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is an annual campaign the YMCA raises funds for and the funds … allow us to sponsor children, youth and families to sponsor the YMCA, as well as provide programs and services at no cost to the community,” said Damaskie.

“Our mandate is nobody is ever denied access due to an inability to pay the funds.

"Despite someone's financial circumstances, they can receive a membership, attend a program, attend a camp and perhaps have their child attend an after school program.”

She noted that the golf tournament is one of the few events the YMCA holds to raise funds for the campaign.

“I wouldn’t say it’s our biggest event,” said Damaskie. “Our Comedy Retreat (in October) is probably higher, but the golf tournament is probably our second largest.”

That said, the charity tournament has grown in popularity since its inception in 2003.

“Before it was more a small group of members and staff, but now it’s more known to the public and we have partnerships with local organizations,” said Damaskie.

Approximately 50 people are registered for the tournament’s 1 p.m. shotgun start, but Damaskie is hoping to see that number climb closer to 100, if not higher.

She added that the YMCA is still looking for more sponsors for the tournament.

Prospective sponsors can contact Damaskie by phone (306-692-5448) or by email (corinne@mjymca.ca), as can anyone interested in playing in the charity tournament.

The fee is $90 per golfer, or $350 for a team of four golfers.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: YMCA, Times-Herald

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