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Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters gets boost from Golf For Kids Sake

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A long-standing fundraising event is back to regular operation for the Barrie & District Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

The Golf For Kids Sake annual fundraiser has returned to its June and is readying for its biggest iteration yet.

“It’s been great to see people excited to come back and join us in our efforts to support youth in our community. Returning golfers, sponsors, and new partners being brought in are all excited,” said Bre LeFeuvre, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Barrie & District.

“It’s a great way for folks to get out, enjoy a day of golfing, and raise money for a good cause.”

The June 18, 2024 event sees things shift back to the normal calendar following an August iteration last year due. They’ll be at the National Pines Golf Club with CIBC Private Wealth as title sponsor.

“Things seem to be back on the upswing, year after year as people gather. Our hope is to fill the course this year and we still have room to register more teams. It would be great to have 144 golfers join us and make this one for the books,” she said.

The event consistently raises money for an important purpose, and one that’s definitely needed some attention the last few years.

“All funds raised will go to support our programming directly. We’ve seen a huge need for these services for youth increase over this past year. More and more families are seeking support for their children however, mentors to match with youth haven’t kept pace. We need to expand programs to meet demand. Raising funds to do so is just part of that solution,” she said.

“Research has proven there are 40 developmental assets that influence positive outcomes as seen through the relationships our programs build between Bigs and Littles. Mentoring helps create healthy adults. It’s that adage of ‘It takes a village.’ Mentors help youth connect to further support and we can all work together.”

This is part of a three-year strategy by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie & District to restructure in order to better serve the community, our families and the youth we serve. Further and improved programming and partnerships are key.

“We need to meet the changing needs of our clients and the number of folks requesting service. We are all feeling stressors – extra expenditures, needing to meet new demands, youth struggling in school, mental health concerns, housing crisis, whatever has been brought into people’s homes. It’s been hard and we’re all in a new landscape now. We are doing what we can to adapt, together,” she said.

“We’re looking forward to taking to the course for a day of fun, community and commonality. Lots of donors have been looking forward to this as they’re way of making impact. ,” she said. LeFeuvre is hoping for $40,000 this year.

“We have a lot to offer for this event. We’ll have contests sprinkled through the course and several perks to surprise people with. We will have a silent auction, 50/50 and a mingler & cocktail event following in

the clubhouse. It’ll be nice to be social, break bread, thank our sponsors and show everyone a great day,” she said.

“We hope people make connections, the weather holds up, and folks get out and swing those clubs. We want to remind people of the impact they’ll have on the local youth in this community.”

To register for the event or get more information, visit them online here.

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