Patricia Burke is all ready for the annual Bernie Burke Memorial Golf Tournament, which will take place at the Parrsboro Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 22. Proceeds will support the renovations and upkeep at the Parrsboro Band Hall, and the local palliative care ward at South Cumberland Community Care Centre.
PARRSBORO – Patricia Burke does not have to wonder how much of a difference the Bernie Burke Memorial Golf Tournament is making. She has seen it for herself.
The board member of the Parrsboro Band Association does not believe it is a coincidence that the renovations and improvements made at the Parrsboro Band Hall in recent years have corresponded with the years the golf tournament has been raising funds for the cause.
“It makes a huge difference,” said Burke, who helps organize the golf tournament in memory of her father. “It means we can put a project together, whether it’s painting, putting in new electrical wiring, plumbing, lights and sound, curtains… it has helped immensely.”
The golf tournament has become one of the band association’s major fundraisers of the year, helping make possible a series of upgrades in recent years that have included kitchen renovations, new doors and windows in the annex section of the building, insulation and more.
An energy audit on the building performed last year has now brought them to the next improvement project, and it will be a big one – the replacement of the large windows in the main hall section. This project will cost an estimated $60-80,000, according to Burke.
“It may not be this year that we start, but I think you will see a major fundraising campaign set in motion,” she said. “We have some pretty good friends who are members and really want to help us, and now we have to get into those government agencies and see what they can do to steer us in the right direction.”
All of the renovations done to the building thus far have been done without assistance from the federal or provincial governments, except for a $5,000 grant towards a new wheelchair ramp. The Municipality of Cumberland County helped with some paint for the exterior and the Town of Parrsboro gives an annual donation, but the majority of the work at the place is done through public fundraising.
For a project of this size, she said they would need more help.
“On the western side of the building, during a snowstorm we can see the curtains move,” said Burke. “It’s very draughty.”
As for the tournament, it will take place at the Parrsboro Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 22, beginning with registration at 9 a.m. and a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Teams of three are welcome to participate at a cost of $100 per person, in the popular Texas Scramble format.
“We’re hoping for a field of 54 players, but we can accept 60,” she said.
Those wishing to register or seek more information can contact Nancy Curleigh or Dawn Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other returning features will include the giveaway of a 2014 Ford Focus for a hole-in-one on Hole No. 3, as well as a putting contest, live auction and awards banquet. Those wishing to donate a prize can contact Patricia Burke.
Funds raised will go towards the renovation projects and general upkeep of the band hall, and a donation will also be given to the palliative care ward at South Cumberland Community Care Centre.