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United Way golf tournament on the way

Golfers will tee off for a cause at the United Way Summer Classic golf tournament on Aug. 12.

The 26th annual fundraiser is organized by Performance Auto Group in collaboration with United Way Niagara.

The fee is $250 per golfer and registration closes Aug. 2.

The United Way’s first golf fundraiser this year, the Early Bird Classic, was at Legends on the Niagara golf course in Niagara Falls in May. With 57 players, it raised $17,000.

The Summer Classic is at Peninsula Lakes Golf Club in Fenwick on Monday, Aug. 12. The shotgun start is at 11:30 a.m. Last year, 170 players participated and the same number is expected this year as well.

“The proceeds from this long-standing golf tournament have significantly assisted United Way in providing funds to agencies and programs across Niagara,” Frances Hallworth, executive director of The United Way Niagara, told The Lake Report.

The money raised from both tournaments is expected to reach around $70,000. Over the years, almost $1 million was raised through the tournaments.

With the money raised, United Way Niagara will be able to provide bathroom and kitchen supplies for 1,346 families, help 210 at-risk youth stay off the streets or provide two years’ worth of food for all of the organization's after-school programs, the organization said.

“This is not just a golf tournament,” Bill Anderson, Performance Auto Group's community ambassador, said in a news release. “It’s a way to support the ongoing need for those in our community.”

Lunch and dinner will be served and there will also be contests, player gifts and prizes.

United Way Niagara was formed after the amalgamation of United Way Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie, United Ways of South Niagara and United Way of St. Catharines and District.

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