CALAIS _ Golfers from around Washington County, Maine and Charlotte County, New Brunswick will be on the links in July swinging their clubs to help fund the Washington County Community College Direct-to-Student Scholarship Fund and “hopefully” win a new vehicle.
The 15th annual WCCC Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 9th. More than 120 golfers are expected to participate in this year’s 4 person scramble at the beautiful St. Croix Country Club in Calais.
There will be two shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
What separates this fund raiser from others is not only a fun golf day, but also the outpouring of support from businesses and individuals in the two counties who do not play golf but make a yearly scholarship donation to assist a WCCC student. Each year, $250 and $500 scholarships are donated to the WCCC Direct-to-Student Scholarship Fund. These scholarships can make a significant difference as to whether a student stays in school or not. Because money is raised in both Maine and New Brunswick, scholarships are presented to students from both sides of the international border.
Again this year, for the lucky golfer who hits a hole-in-one on the first hole, there will be a chance to win a brand new vehicle. There are many giveaways and other vacation prizes that a golfer would be able to win throughout the tournament. Some prizes you must be 18 years old to win. Tournament co-sponsor Ian Pratt of Pratt’s Chevrolet on the River Road in Calais is the sponsor of many of these prizes.
All scholarship donations raised go directly to the students. As in the past, donors are able to create their scholarship in their name or their business’ name, or in memory of a loved one. Or, the scholarship can be anonymous. Donors choose the program of study they wish to support and create the scholarship criteria. A $250 or more donations is presented to the deserving student at the end of the year, and it is all tax deductible to the donor.
“Over the past 14 years the WCCC Golf Tournament has raised well over $100,000 to support students in Maine and New Brunswick. This demonstrated community support is central to the WCCC mission of bolstering students and business and industry in Washington and Charlotte counties.” The tournament is also a lot of fun! “WCCC President Joe Cassidy said.”
Those donors who already have contributed include: Andel Construction Service LLC, Anne Perry Scholarship, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Downeast Region, Calais Ace Home Center, Calais Motor Inn Scholarship, Cassidy Family Book Scholarship, Dr. Brian Hoops, EBS Building Supply, Farrell Family Scholarship, Harold Howland Family Scholarship, Ken and Jane Brooks Scholarship, Mays Funeral Home, PCT Communications, Quoddy Pilots, Roger’s Auto Sales, St. Croix Valley Foundation, Sunrise Eye Care, Tammi Smith Tax and Accounting, the International Motel, WCCC Student Senate, and WQDY Inc.
Anyone who would like to participate in the scholarship program can send their donation to Tina Erskine at Washington Community College, One College Drive, Calais, ME 04619. Make checks payable to the WCCC 2016 Scholarship Fund. For more information about the golf tournament or the scholarship program call Tina at 454-1002.