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Wednesday, Jul 6, 2016

Berkshire looks forward to 19th Annual Golf Classic

imageCOLONIE—Golfers throughout the Capital District can grab a few remaining slots or foursomes at Berkshire Farm Center’s 19th Annual Golf tournament, July 18, play the fabulous Colonie Golf and Country Club in Voorheesville, and feel great about helping vulnerable youth. This year’s tournament supports Berkshire’s Workforce Development program, which provides every student at Berkshire Junior/Senior High School with the opportunity to graduate ready for work and college. Berkshire also has a small number of sponsorships remaining for this annual event.
 
The tournament brings together local businesses and individuals mutually driven by Berkshire’s mission of supporting children and families for a day of golf. The 19th Annual Golf Classic will take place on July 18, 2016 at Colonie Golf and Country Club in Voorheesville, NY. Friends and partners of Berkshire look forward to the beloved event each year, which is a day of friendly competition and supporting a worthy cause. Golfers enjoy an 11:00am barbecue lunch, followed by a shotgun start at 11:45am for the four-person scramble and ending with a networking reception and open bar.
 
The chance to help children escape the cycle of poverty and attain bright futures is the driving force behind attending the tournament, but what motivates people to come back each year are the conversations they have with students.
 
“The consistent feedback I receive from our vendors, partners, and community supporters is that they attend many fundraising events, but what they love about the Berkshire Golf Classic is the opportunity to meet and hear stories from our students in Workforce Development,” said Berkshire Union Free School District Superintendent Bruce Potter.
 
Each student enrolled in Workforce Development at Berkshire looks to the program as a source of monetary support, and more than that, an opportunity for mentorship and building important career skills. “Our golf classic and the funds raised are vital to the implementation of our Work-based Learning program,” said Potter. “All revenue goes directly to pay our students that participate. This year, we will be impacting even more students, as we will be providing a NYS certified Work-Based Learning program during the school day.”
 
Berkshire still seeks an event sponsor at the $20,000 level, platinum sponsor at $10,000, gold sponsor at $7,500, silver at $5,000, and player gift at $4,000, as well as teams for the four-person scramble. Last year’s event brought in $107,000 in sponsorships and player registration to ensure that Berkshire can continue to offer its students the opportunity to learn how to succeed in the workplace and higher education.
 
Golfers and sponsors alike benefit students by funding a work readiness program that is both nationally recognized and a student favorite. Youth at Berkshire of working age look to Workforce to earn steady income and build the skills they need in the future. Berkshire offers on-site job training and coursework in the areas of Horticulture, Culinary, and Vending to encourage and prep students to achieve their highest career potential.
 
Thank you to our early sponsors covering expenses for golf carts, beverages and snacks, lunch, putting contest, longest drive, and closest to Pin: Amsure, Boston Private, the Twombly family, Thoroughbred Advisors, Girvin and Ferlazzo, the Mott Family, The Bonadio Group, and Rose & Kiernan, Inc.

Please contact Berkshire’s Development Associate, Melissa Daley, at medaley@berkshirefarm.org, or at 518.781.1803 to register your team, claim a sponsorship, or donate raffle or auction items.

—Sydney Lester


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