Golf tournament shifts focus

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Annual event to support Save the Hall campaign, SCCCC palliative care unit

The Bernie Burke Memorial Golf Tournament will support two new causes this year, and never has there been one more fitting.

Golf tournament shifts focus

The Bernie Burke Memorial Golf Tournament will support two new causes this year, and never has there been one more fitting.

Benefiting from this years event on Aug. 17 will be the Save the Hall campaign to restore and preserve the band hall, as well as the palliative care at South Cumberland Community Care Centre.

Both were very dear to Dad, the hall in particular, said daughter Patricia Burke. He and Mom both also benefited from the palliative care at the care centre.

The Save the Hall campaign aims to convert the historic band hall on King Street into a cultural and wellness centre, and fund-raising efforts have been under way for over a year now.

For palliative care a donation will be made towards a debonair oscillating air mattress.

For the past six years the memorial golf tournament has taken place at the Parrsboro Golf Club, first supporting Parkinson Disease research, and more recently the Canadian Cancer Society. This year is even more exciting because it supports local causes, according to Burke, who said her father would have approved.

All of the money will be staying within the community, she said. The committee is trying to make the band hall a cultural and wellness centre, and that is exactly what Dad wanted that building to be used for.

For 55 years Bernie Burke served the Parrsboro Citizens Band, 50 of them as bandmaster. He was considered one of the towns finest ambassadors, leading the band in events all over the region.

Registration for the golf tournament will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The tournament will again be in Texas scramble format, open to three-person teams.

Numerous sponsors are already on board, and several teams have signed up, according to Burke, who said they are expecting another successful turnout.

Tax receipts for donations will be given from the Parrsboro Band Association, and spectators are more than welcome to attend the days activities.

Those wishing to make a donation, offer a prize or join in the golf are encouraged to contact Brenda Wheaton at 254-3153 as soon as possible.

Organizations: South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro Golf Club, Canadian Cancer Society Parrsboro Band Association

Geographic location: King Street, Texas

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