By Chris Must
The hard-working members of the Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce are looking forward to getting away from the office on Aug. 24 to relax, socialize and hit some golf balls.
Sponsors and golfers are signing up for the annual chamber tournament, featuring 18 holes of golf at the Lombard Glen Golf and Country Club. The annual tournament raises funds to assist the chamber in its work of supporting the local business community. The chamber plans to use some of the funds raised to bring in guest speakers on topics of interest to members.
Lombard Glen can accommodate up to 150 golfers, said chamber marketing director Heather Currie-Whiting, but “we’d like to see about 120.”
Golfers will be expected to arrive at noon Wednesday, Aug. 24 for a 1 p.m. tee-off time. A chicken dinner and awards with emcee Hugh Colton are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The evening will also feature a live auction with high-end items, such as a gift certificate for the National Arts Centre with an overnight stay at the Westin Hotel. Other prize packages confirmed to date include a getaway for two to Perth with dinner at East Meets West, Escape Revere Hotel escape room adventure and an overnight stay at the Best Western Plus Perth. “We’re specifically trying to do fewer but better prizes,” said Currie-Whiting.
Hole in one prizes are sponsored by Mike Fair Chevrolet GMC Buick Cadillac Ltd. The tournament will include the usual putting contest, beat the pro, and prizes for the longest drive. A new game this year is golf pong, sponsored by 4 Degrees Brewing, with participants invited to try their hand at chipping into a red bucket. “I think that will be fun for everyone,” said Currie-Whiting.
Registration for the tournament is $100 per golfer before July 27, and $125 after. A special dinner-only price of $55 is being offered to accommodate spouses or anyone else who is unable to golf but would like to attend the post-game banquet. Players who are already members at Lombard Glen will pay $80.
The chamber is also seeking sponsors. Sponsorship levels are $100 for a hole sponsor, $250 for a silver sponsor, $500 for a gold sponsor, which includes registration for two golfers, and $1,000 for a platinum sponsorship, which includes registration for four golfers. Sponsors will be recognized at the event, and through print and online promotions.
For more information, contact the chamber office at 613-283-1334.
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