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Golf tournament to help complete stage

ROUSES POINT - The Samuel de Champlain Center Stage Committee continues to find new ways to raise money for the stage's completion.

Although performances have already been held throughout the summer at the stage on Lake Street, the committee said there is still more to be done.

"We've got to put an overhead door over the stage to close it in," explained committee member Steve Merchant. "We have some staining left to do. Long term, we're looking at possibly ... putting a dressing room off the back. And of course any money after that is going to go for performances."

The next fundraiser will be a 4-person scramble golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 14, at the North Country Golf Club, 862 Hayford Road, beginning with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

"Even if you've never played before, get into it just for fun," said Merchant. "We need to do several things down there and we could really use the money, the support."

The committee has had other fundraisers in the past, including one at 8-Ball Billiards in Plattsburgh and Bowl Mart in Champlain.

"They've been great," said Merchant. "People have been big supporters."

"I think the people, from everything we've been told so far, the people are really for this stage," he added. "They're really enjoying the performances and being able to come down and sit and relax. It's something to do in the summer."

The golfing fundraiser will also include a 50/50 raffle, a steak buffet, and perhaps some music.

"People like to golf," Merchant said. "There's a lot of people that like to go up and golf and at the same time they're helping to support our stage and helping us to try to get it finished up."

To sign up for the golf tournament, contact the golf club at 297-2582 or stop by for a registration sheet. The cost is $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers, which will include a cart. For members with a cart, the cost is $30.

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