United Way on par for next golf classic

LAKE PLACID - For 10 years, the United Way of the Adirondack Region has helped raise money for organizations in the tri-county area through a golf tournament.

However, the golf tournament, which will be held Thursday, June 17, is not your typical tournament.

When the tournament was created by Michael Mannix - former executive director of then the United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties - the plan was to make it a fundraising event with celebrities.

"He thought that this would be something different by getting Olympians," explained United Way administrative coordinator Kathy Snow. "It puts a different spin on it."

Teams of three people sign up for the tournament and either an Olympian or a local celebrity will be the fourth player.

"It's a fun event," said Snow.

Registration for the day begins at 8 a.m., with tee off time at 10 a.m. However, there's more to the day than just golf.

Players begin with a continental breakfast and end the day with a barbecue. Throughout the day prizes are given out as well as trophies.

"They have money holes, the longest drive award, the closest to the pin," Snow explained. "There's two trophies that are given out for first place net and first place gross."

One of the trophies is in memory of Mannix, while the other is in memory of Jack Shea - a former Olympian.

"He was a double gold-medal winner speedskater in Lake Placid," explained Snow.

The prizes and awards given throughout the day are to encourage people to join the tournament, which averages $12,000 in proceeds.

"It goes for a good cause," Snow said. "The whole proceeds goes to help the United Way and the partner agencies."

To register for the golf classic or to become a sponsor, visit the United Way office at 45 Tom Miller Road, call 563-0028, or visit www.unitedwayadk.org. The cost is $500 for a team of three, which includes greens fees, cart, free raffle gifts, and breakfast and dinner.

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