‘Get­ting the cause’

Some celebri­ties come back an­nu­ally for the Char­lot­te­town Boys & Girls Club golf clas­sic at the Belvedere course

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Mu­si­cians, hockey play­ers and Olympians are some of the celebri­ties com­ing to the city for next week’s Char­lot­te­town Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Golf Clas­sic.

The list of celebri­ties has a few changes each year, but many mark the date on their cal­en­dar and make a point to be apart of it an­nu­ally.

“When you have some teams and celebri­ties that have been there ev­ery year I think it says a lot about the loy­alty, the prod­uct and get­ting the cause,” chair­man Trent Birt said.

The 21st an­nual event is set for July 16 and 17 at the Belvedere Golf Club.

The tour­na­ment re­placed the club’s fundrais­ing soft­ball tour­na­ment in 1994 and the event took off. It has raised be­tween $500,000 and $750,000 for the club, Birt said, and has grown to in­clude a con­cert with mu­si­cians like Bruce Guthro get­ting in­volved.

“It’s evolved into more than a golf event. It’s a golf and mu­sic event,” Birt said. The par­tic­i­pants and celebri­ties “talk about the mu­sic as much as they talk about the golf.”

He said there was some talk that 2014 would be the fi­nal year for the event, but tour­na­ment or­ga­niz­ers and key sup­port­ers didn’t want to see pro­grams cut at the Char­lot­te­town Boys & Girls Club with the loss of the tour­na­ment’s funds.

Birt said tour­na­ment or­ga­niz­ers are for­tu­nate to have a strong base of Is­land celebri­ties al­ways will­ing to help out. He also pointed to those from off Is­land who take part. It in­cludes Guthro, who he said, has five days off in July.

“He’s spend­ing three of them with us,” Birt said.

“That says a lot about the com­mit­ment of our celebrity base.”

There is one team spot re­main­ing. Any­one in­ter­ested can find out more in­for­ma­tion by call­ing 902-892-1817.

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