The Newmarket Food Pantry is holding its second annual Thanksgiving golf tournament to support construction of its new community kitchen.
The Gobble Gobble Classic Sun Up to Sun Down event takes place Friday, Oct. 8 at Pheasant Run Golf Club.
Golfers will have private access to the course all day long.
“This is a social event with all skill levels welcome but is also is a true test of mental and physical stamina over the course of the day, depending on how little or how much golf you decide to play,” said Adrian Bain, executive director at the Newmarket Food Pantry. “Last year the winning foursome played 54 holes and were finishing up their final hole in the dark aided only by the moon and their phone lights.”
Along with a full day worth of golf, registration costs $125 and includes a cart, lunch, and the opportunity to win prizes.
However, every golfer who registers is also required to fundraise $500 through pledges and donations from the community.
As an additional element this year, everyone who successfully raises an additional $500 will be able to participate in a hole in one contest for a chance to win $50,000.
“This year funds raised will go toward our brand new community kitchen that is currently under construction,” Bain said.
The CEREAL Centre, which stands for Community Empowerment, Resource, Education and Awareness Learning, will be a “one stop shop for our clients to gain valuable life skills when it comes to leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle, while also preparing nutritious and fresh take home meals in a social setting,” he said.
The community kitchen is expected to open in spring 2022 and will also focus on seniors and isolation, children and youth, and collaborating with other organizations that could benefit from a kitchen.
Registration for the golf event is open now at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Newmarket Food Pantry serves 18 000 clients, 38 per cent of which are under 18 years old and distributes over 520,000 meals every year.