(Moncton, N.B., June 7, 2017) – The tally is in: YMCA of Greater Moncton’s 25th annual Charity Golf Tournament held Monday raised $40,000 for local children, youth, and families, bringing the total raised in the event’s history to a whopping $490,000.

“Everyone involved with the event is pretty emotional about the incredible community support shown at the tournament this week and over the past 25 years,” said Bonnie MacFadyen, Vice President, Philanthropy and Volunteer Development for the local YMCA. “We are so thankful to the participants, the sponsors, the donors, and the volunteers. There is such commitment in our community to making a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families. Our hearts are bursting.”

All proceeds from the tournament go to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, which raises much-needed financial support those unable to afford the full cost of participation in a YMCA program or activity. Prior to completion of the YMCA on War Veterans Avenue in 2004, tourney proceeds went to the construction of a new Y to replace an aging facility on Highfield Street.

“Last year alone, more than 10,000 individuals and families turned to the YMCA for help, including those who benefited from partially- or fully-subsidized Y memberships, childcare, or access to community programs,” says MacFadyen. “Funds raised through the golf tournament have been integral in allowing the Y to provide that help.”

 

On Monday, 150 golfers enjoyed a fun day at Royal Oaks Golf Club, followed by dinner, a live auction hosted by Bob, Peter, and Brian Beers, as well as a silent auction. During the evening, Robert (Horton) Despres was recognized for chairing the event’s organizing committee every year since it began in 1993.

“It’s been an honour for me to help the YMCA of Greater Moncton with this event and to know the direct impact the fundraising has made in our community,” says Despres.

National Bank has been the key sponsor for the the annual YMCA Charity Golf Tournament since its inception.

“We are truly indebted to National Bank for its long-standing support,” says Zane Korytko, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Moncton. “Your generosity has truly made a difference in lives.”

The YMCA of Greater Moncton is a registered charitable organization dedicated to building healthy communities. It is committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth, and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community. Its focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means it serves people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities through all stages of life.