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July 5, 2011 / Summer Street Blog

17th Annual Summer Street Golf Scramble: MAGNIFIQUES!

Sobeys Engineering Team, this year's top fundraisers at $41,305 take a wine and cheese break on Hole 15. From left are Keith Ross, Jason Eastman, Greg MacNeil, Brian Hughes and John Wills (not pictured is Joe Fiander, this years top individual fundraiser at $26,378

I arrived at Abercrombie Country Club at 7:00 and things were already well underway. The driveway leading to the clubhouse was lined with sponsor signs, a shiny new Nissan was parked on the 8th waiting for a hole-in-one, the clubhouse was adorned with banners and the parking lot was filling up fast. Kim was everywhere making sure people had what they needed and no detail was missed. Bob was almost unrecognizable in thick rimmed designer glasses, black beret and well oiled and curled moustache. Although dressed as the proverbial Frenchman to help serve wine on Hole 15, his real work was already done. Although the morning was chilly, despite weeks (months!) of cloud and rain, the day of the Summer Street Golf Scramble would be a sunny one! Ensuring sunshine has been Bob’s unfailing mission for the past 17 years.

Jack Langlois, Stellarton's Town Cryer and Golf Committee member welcomes everyone to the 17th Annual Summer Street Scramble

By 8:00 a.m. Madelyn had played the bagpipes as Jack the town crier welcomed and bestowed best wishes on the golfers, the shotgun was fired and play began. Summer Street clients and Special Olympians Mike, Rodney and Scott were helping teams putt out on 18th green and throughout the course there were contests, give-aways and prizes to be won. My job was to drive around with Barry Hamilton, a former Society board member, current member of the Golf Committee and Director of Real Estate and Development for Lawtons. We were handing out $50 Lawtons gift certificates and refreshments to every golfer. Needless to say, we were quite popular. While golfers won for longest drives, longest putts, closest to the hole, longest marshmallow drive and a number of other contests ~ the real winners of the day were the Summer Street clients.

34 teams of golfers helped to raise $185,910, bringing the Summer Street Scramble’s all time total to $1,542,381!!

Howie Anderson has been the Scramble's top fundraiser for 15 of 17 years.

We cannot thank the golfers, businesses and community enough for their generosity and unwavering commitment. The Scramble has enjoyed the support of returning golfers and sponsors year after year including Sobeys, Eastern Sign Print, The News and Williams MacDonald Chartered Accountants as well as the majority of our hole sponsors. This year we were very pleased to welcome First Mutual Properties along with Lawtons, our returning Presenting Sponsor.

David Wallace, plays a mean squeeze box and has been the Golf Committee Chair since 1995.

Among individuals to be thanked, a few come immediately to mind. For seventeen years David Wallace has chaired the Golf Committee and his vision and determination have been the driving force. Howie Anderson has been the number one fundraiser fifteen of seventeen years. Howie and his CIBC Wood Gundy team has consistently raised the bar, this year bringing in $29,294 in pledges!

Last year Joe Fiander and the Sobeys Engineering Team entered the Scramble for the first time and raised almost $36,000! This year Joe was the number one individual fundraiser with $26,378 and the team raised the most funds with a total of $41,305! 

Speaking of commitment, Craig Fraser who has been one of the Scramble’s top fundraisers, wasn’t able to make it this year ~ nevertheless he pledged $15,000!

Summer Street’s mission is to create a better life for people with intellectual disability and every golfer and business involved in the Scramble shares our success. As I had opportunity to meet each golfer, their enthusiasm and interest in Summer Street were amazing and inspiring.

As the final putts were sunk, golfers headed to Summer Street for a barbecued dinner. Everyone had an opportunity to relax and exchange stories, prizes were awarded and the eagerly anticipated “total funds raised” was announced. The day ended with a rousing standing ovation and feelings of intense pride, satisfaction and gratitude.

One more  big thank you to all of the golfers and sponsors; to the Summer Street staff and to Kim who is instrumental in pulling it all together year after year.

Be sure to watch for the 17th Annual Summer Street Scramble photo gallery to be posted soon!

THIS YEARS STATS

Most funds raised: Sobeys Engineering Team (Jason Eastman, Joe Fiander, John Wills, Greg MacNeil, Keith Ross and Brian Hughs) – $41,305

Second most funds raised: CIBC Wood Gundy (Howie Anderson, David Whittemore, Marc Comeau, Chris MacDonald, Frank DeMont – $29,294

Golfer with most funds raised: Joe Fiander (Sobeys Engineering Team) – $26,378

Lowest score: NSCC Team 1 (Jim MacKenna, Tony Rose, Frank Proudfoot, Andrew Heighton, Dale Bigney) – 59

Total Funds raised to date: $1,542,381!!

Download our PowerPoint for all of our winners: 2011 Golf Scramble Presentation final

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  1. Marilyn Forrest / Jul 6 2011 8:49 am

    Congratulations SSI on an amazing commitment to people with intellectual ability. Your example of hard work and fun is an inspiration!!

    • chrisbkm / Jul 6 2011 8:58 am

      Thanks Marilyn. We’re incredibly lucky to have a “very” supportive community!

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