The first ever Golfapalooza is on May 28th at the Niagara Falls Golf Club, hosted by the Niagara HD Chapter and it’s already sold out! Building upon the formula for success of the former Bert Sauder Memorial Tournament, this tournament is “a fun game of golf that won’t take up your whole day”. This concept is quite appealing to many people, as evidenced by the quick fill-up. “We’ve been very fortunate in attracting some new people”, organizer Barbara Eade-Stainsby commented about the golfers.
When the committee first got together to plan the tournament, they knew they wanted to provide a laid back, fun day that wasn’t too serious. That’s when one committee member, Jim Heywood, suggested “like a golfapalooza”! After that, the feel of the day was set. The local Chapter Secretary sent out early “Save the Date’ notices to all local members and closer to the date, approximately two months in advance, personal invitations were sent to all members in addition to just over 100 people including a poster, registration form, Sponsor/Donor letter and form. Social media posts were made as well on Facebook and local Chapter members posted on their timelines. Given the high interest, the organizing committee is already giving thought to creative ways to accommodate more golfers.
Those 72 lucky people that get to be involved in the first ever “Golfapalooza” will experience a variety of competitions between the full field of golfers as well as fun competions between foursome members to keep the golfers in the spirit. Participants can purchase "passports to perks and prizes" to be eligible for chances to win golf accessories, use mulligans, and even shorten putts by a length of string. The round of 9 holes will be followed by a BBQ and the drawing for door prizes to wrap up the day no later than 2pm.
The event is already very close to reaching its initial fundraising expectations, and the event is still almost a month away! The planning committee of Barb, John and Jim was sure to say an enthusiastic thanks to the Niagara Fundraising Committee and everyone who has supported and promoted the event. That’s how we do it here in Niagara! This new event is drawing some much needed support to raise money for Family Services and research to delay or stop the progression of Huntington disease.
“We’re so very fortunate that our event is happening during the time of year when the anonymous donor is matching every donation”. Double your impact this spring by donating to the “Golfapalooza” HD Classic, and your donation will be matched by a kind donor.