Pictou Advocate sports

A charity golf scramble in support of the Pictou County SPCA has been scheduled for Aug. 28 at Abercrombie Country Club.

The annual Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament will feature a shot gun start at 1p.m. and a best ball format. The cost is $90 per person and $360 per team. It includes 18 holes with power cart, a barbecue steak dinner, silent and bidding auction, putting competition and prize holes.

“This charity golf tournament began in memory of and with the inspiration of an amazing woman, Kathy Skoke-Fortin, who was a successful entrepreneur and touched many lives of both people and animals with great compassion and kindness,” organizer Vince Angst said. “She took in homeless pets on her own and was a true lover of animals.”

Angst has co-ordinated the event for the SPCA for the past eight years. Proceeds from the tournaments go toward building a new shelter in Stellarton. Organizers offer participants the opportunity to sponsor holes.

“We have been able to raise approximately $35,000 for the shelter,” Angst said “The vast majority of money raised, approximately 95 per cent, is through the auction we hold during the golf tournament. We are asking for any assistance with items we can auction off. Any and all donations received go directly to the SPCA.”

This is also literally a ground-breaking year for the Pictou County SPCA, he said. The local chapter is raising funds to start building a new facility, with the help of the Town of Stellarton’s donation of land in the Albion Industrial Park.

“With COVID-19, the building costs have soared from the original 2019 building estimates, so now the project really depends on all the support it can get in preparation to break ground,” he said.

The new facility will house all homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and other critters from throughout Pictou County. The complex will include a veterinary clinic that will eliminate the need to make daily trips to Halifax for veterinarian services.

“This new facility is much needed for our homeless animals and will be a huge help for all of our caring volunteers and workers,” he said.

There will also be a thrift store to raise funds to help cover operational costs of the facility.