The threat of rain didn’t deter the 180 golfers who gathered at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club Friday to take part in the 18th annual Summer Street Golf Scramble.
The 36 teams spent the day playing 19 holes to raise money for Summer Street Industries in its largest annual fundraiser.
This was the event’s biggest year to date with $234,593 raised, up from the $187,300 raised last year bringing the total to $1,778,362.07 to date.
“I am very pleased,” said executive director Bob Bennett. “We had a great turn out.”
Bennett says the funds raised go toward enabling Summer Street Industries staff to provide the special things that ‘create a better life for our clients.”
“It’s amazing how the community comes together for this event each year,” says Bennett. “Without this, a lot of things that we provide just wouldn’t happen.”
The day was special for client as well.
“Some of our clients are participating in golfing during the Nova Scotia Special Olympics so they were putting on some of the holes,” he says.
The first year of the golf scramble raised $8,893, some of the teams this year raised more than five times that amount.
The top fundraising team was Sobeys Real Estate and Engineering team raising $62,551.
The team to get the lowest score was TS Energy with 55, winning them the CIBC Wood Gundy Cup.
The top personal fundraiser was Joe Fiander, raising $36,291 with Howie Anderson coming in a close second with $33,000.
Other prizes awarded were the longest putt at hole number one going to Glen Peach, the Marshmallow drive at hole number four going to David Wallace, closest to hole five – Gord Brost, closest to line nine – Brian Hughes, closes to hidden target at hole 12 – Jen Marchand, closest to hole 15 – Matt White, most honest team – Glen Haven Manor and best dressed team – Fraser and Hoyte.
“We are very thankful for all of the funds raised,” says Bennett. “This scramble was very successful.”