Patricia Burke, standing near the Burke memorial tree on the Parrsboro civic grounds, is among those busy preparing for the annual Bernie Burke Memorial Golf Tournament, which will take place this year on Friday, Aug. 20. The proceeds from the 10th annual event will go towards upkeep of the Parrsboro Band Hall, as well as the palliative care unit at South Cumberland Community Care Centre. Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen
PARRSBORO – The local band hall and the palliative care unit at South Cumberland Community Care Centre will once again be beneficiaries of the annual Bernie Burke Memorial Golf Tournament, set for Aug. 20 at the Parrsboro Golf Club.
This year will mark the 10th year of the tournament, which started out as a fund-raiser for the Parkinson Society of Canada, and later the Canadian Cancer Society. Regardless of the name, it has been a huge success, according to Burke, daughter of the late Bernie Burke
“There’s no question, once Bernie Burke’s name was put on the front of it, it certainly took off in a different respect,” she said. “Because of his diligence and what Dad has done for the town, a lot of people come because of that.”
The Friday tournament will have a shotgun start at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Participants can register at a cost of $100 per person or $300 per team, and are encouraged to form their own teams. The entry fee includes green fees, a steak dinner and a prize for all golfers.
For those who register by Aug. 3, a draw will be held for four green fees at the Brightwood Golf and Country Club in Dartmouth.
“We’ve had new teams sign up already this year, so it’s important you don’t wait too long,” explained Burke, who said a maximum of 20 three-person teams would be allowed to register.
Among the prizes available will be a 2010 Ford Focus courtesy of Sargent’s and Barnes Insurance, for a hole-in-one on hole number threee.
The day is always an enjoyable time for those participating, according to Burke, who expects this year to be no different.
“There’s a lot of good camaraderie, and lots of friendships that have evolved over the years,” she said.
The proceeds raised from the event will allow for a donation to the palliative care unit, and will also go towards the general upkeep of the band hall, which thrived for years as a centre of community activity in large part through the efforts of Bernie Burke. Two of his daughters sit on the band association’s board of directors, which continues to work on a project to restore and preserve the historic King Street building.
Heading the wish list for repairs this year is repainting of the building’s exterior, she said.
“We’re moving ahead with that, and we’re going to need all kinds of help,” said Burke. “It’s going to cost thousands to do it, but we have intentions of painting the front of the building this year where the bell tower is, cream and red, like it was 100 years ago.”
Those wishing to sign up for the tournament can contact Brenda Wheaton at 254-3153. To donate financially or prizes, call Patricia Burke at 728-2015.