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Ladies ready to tee off for VIQ

JONATHAN LUDLOW/The Intelligencer

Jonathan Ludlow/The Intelligencer
VIQ will be holding its 18th annual Ladies Golf Tournament and Spa Day on July 5 in Trenton. Brenda Snider, left, and Tracey Legault-Davis from VIQ say that funding raised during the day will go toward different programs run in the community.

Jonathan Ludlow/The Intelligencer VIQ will be holding its 18th annual Ladies Golf Tournament and Spa Day on July 5 in Trenton. Brenda Snider, left, and Tracey Legault-Davis from VIQ say that funding raised during the day will go toward different programs run in the community.

BELLEVILLE - 

Volunteer and Information Quinte is, once again, taking ladies to the greens to raise a little green.
VIQ’s annual ladies’ golf and spa day is set to take place on July 5 at the Roundel Glen Golf Course in Trenton.
The annual golf tournament has been helping to raise funding for volunteer programs for the last 18 years.
“It’s a fun day of ladies networking, team building, and just all around feeling good,” said Tracy Legault-Davis, manager information services and special event coordinator at VIQ.
Money raised during the tournament will go toward funding different programs at VIQ.
“This is one of our two fundraisers that we do, this is our second major fundraiser,” said Brenda Snider, executive director at VIQ.
“The funds from this will be used to assist in our programming. Our volunteer recruitment and referral, our community and youth initiatives, as well as our information services.”
Ladies will compete in teams of four, with 25 teams competing.
The day will start with nine-hole golf. Lunch and dinner are to be provided, and Polish Salon & Spa is offering spa treatments to competitors as well. Radio personality Ingrid Moore is set to host.
“It’s just a really fun day for the ladies. It is all about them,” said Snider.
The golf and spa day raised approximately $12,000 in 2017, with a target goal of $15,000 being set for 2018.
“For all the work that we do, we are not funded by a government agency,” said Legault-Davis. “We get about eight per cent of our funding from the United Way, and the rest is self generated.”
One of the programs that receives funding is a high school initiative designed to teach Grade 10 students the value of volunteering.
“In 20 years, there is going to be a huge deficiency in volunteers if we do not continue to engage our youth,” said Snider. “There will never ever be enough money to completely fund all programs. They will always rely on volunteers.”
Prizes, as well as a raffle table and goodie bags will also be available to all ladies who come out for the day. The prizes will be awarded to people for achievements throughout the day such as longest drive, closest to the pin, a beat the pro challenge and, as in the past, the team with the best decorated golf cart also won something.
More than 200 different items have been contributed by members of the community, including a private winery tour and taste testing for 10 people, a basket from Shorelines Casino, and packages from Polish Salon & Spa.
Registry is open to anyone, but only 25 spots are available. People who may be interested in the golf and spa day, but are unable to find a team of four, can potentially be matched with people in similar situations.
“It doesn’t matter what your level of golf is,” said Snider. “We have golfers who pick up clubs only on our golf tournament, and we have golfers who golf in leagues.”
The second major fundraiser that is hosted by VIQ is the Dancing with the Stars night, which raised $40,145 and saw an attendance of 1,800 people in May. September will also see the first attempt at an ice skating event as another way to raise funding.
Registration is available by calling 613-967-8862 or online at VIQ.ca.
 



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