Edmonton’s Golf Classic Trying To Raise A Million For The ARC

by Alberta

We’d like to extend our gratitude to everyone who attended our 11th Annual Supreme Group Salvation Army Golf Classic on June 4, 2013. We raised over $262,000 that day, which is amazing!

The funds raised are going to a new building for our Addictions and Residential Centre (ARC) here in Edmonton. The current multi-program building was built in 1954, and provides 140 men with supportive living, 35 men with alcohol & drug treatment, 60 men and women with mental health issues a home, and 30 men and women transitional housing.

The Committee behind the tournament has set the goal to raise 1 million dollars towards the new building for the ARC. The age of the building is catching up with it, and a new one is needed. Or, as Executive Director Capt. Mark Stanley put it, “You can imagine the cost of heating a 50,000 sq ft building with a boiler that was built the same year that Louis St. Laurent was Prime Minister of Canada, Bing Crosby starred in White Christmas, and Roger Bannister ran the four minute mile.” At this point, a new building is critical.

With the funds from this years’ tournament, plus the 2 previous, we have raised just over 75% of that goal! We are proud of the commitment and dedication of everyone involved – volunteers, sponsors, golfers and donors, because such an astounding atmosphere of success and hope is rare, and we are so grateful for it.

This tournament is unique in an age of frequent charity golf tournaments. To date, we have raised money towards new cabins at Pine Lake Camp, a new Emergency Disaster Services vehicle, new fishing boats in Sri Lanka, and funding for a new building for the Edmonton Crossroads Community Church (E3C). Capt. Pam Goodyear, the Divisional Secretary for Public Relations and Development, says, “With all the tournaments in the Territory, none of them are like this one. None of them accomplish what this one does.”

We are blessed to have such devoted friends who believe, as we do, that Giving Hope Today is the key to transforming lives.