By Cal Braid
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Town of Magrath is preparing for it’s annual Charity Golf Tournament and the fair weather can’t come soon enough for golfers. The Magrath Golf Club will be open and in full swing by the time the event rolls around. The town is inviting local non-profit organizations to apply for the opportunity to host the event and raise money for their group.
James Suffredine is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town, and in charge of receiving and processing applications from non-profit groups.
“This is intentionally a low barrier application. All that is required is a letter from the organization stating their interest,” Suffredine said in a statement. “However, while there are no fixed presentation requirements, every detail included in an organization’s letter of interest will be used for evaluation purposes.”
The application deadline is April 1, 2022, and local non-profits still have time to plan and present an application letter. Town Council will review the applications and the chosen group will be notified by April 12.
“There are no specific criteria set for the application; it is open to all non-profit and charity organizations and groups,” Suffredine said. “Council evaluates applications generally on the impact and intrinsic value the fundraising goal will have on the organization and community. Additionally, organizations should be able to show the capacity of being able to host a successful event.”
In previous years, the tournament organizers have raised funds for a variety of projects. Non-profit and charitable organizations serve their community, and by extension the money raised for the group project prospers the community.
From year to year, the event revenue varies, but on average it is expected to generate close to the $10,000 mark. In 2021, the Magrath and District Fire Department raised just under $12,000 with the objective of buying new vehicle extrication tools. In one exceptional year, corporate sponsors and the Magrath and District Recreation Committee raised $22,000 put towards the Town’s new pool.
Suffredine presents an optimistic and realistic view of the effort required to ensure the tournament’s success.
“Generally, this event has been well supported but the chosen group is expected to be able to source a full tournament of teams and sponsors by beating the bushes for their fundraiser. This is where the capacity of a group to have enough volunteers to do the footwork needed to find sponsors and teams is an important consideration,” he said. As groups put together their application materials, knowing what to expect is helpful.
“All greens fees are included for the event,” Suffredine explains. “Extras such as the golf carts and a meal are usually worked into a package price that is added to the team registration fees. The golf course works with the chosen group to determine what they want to package and offer.”
See details in the Town notice posted at https://www.magrath.ca/my-postc4e9defe
If further information is required, please call the Town Office at 403-758-3212.