OSWEGO, NY — Golfers from two leagues at Griffin’s Greens Golf Course joined forces recently to tee off against cancer. Members of the Tuesday Elks Men’s League and the Tuesday Women’s League formed mixed teams and played a special round of golf to raise money for Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program.
Golfers made donations, and additional money was raised through a variety of drawings throughout the day for items donated by proud supporters of the Cancer Services Program.
According to Tuesday Women’s League member and organizer Tina Bourgeois, the event raised a total of $1,235.
OCO’s Cancer Services Program offers free screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and colon cancer to uninsured men and women ages 40-64.
The program partners with over 25 medical providers in Oswego County.
The program receives funding from the New York State Department of Health and from the Susan G. Komen Foundation of CNY.
“Additional funds received through local organizations and caring community members such as the group of golfers at Griffin’s Greens allow OCO’s Cancer Services Program to extend its services to younger age groups,” said Program Manager Carolyn Handville. “This is the fourth year that golfers at Griffin’s Greens have raised money specifically for OCO’s Cancer Services Program. Their efforts are extraordinary and I commend them for their generosity.”
Bourgeois was instrumental in getting the annual golf tournament started.
“I participated in a similar golf outing in Pulaski and I thought what a great way to give back to the community and what a great event to have at my home course, Griffin’s Greens,” explained Bourgeois. “The Griffins were very supportive and the idea took right off.”
In previous years, golfers from the Tuesday Elks Men’s League contributed money toward the fundraiser, but did not play because of conflicting schedules.
“This year we set the date well in advance and made it known that we would be golfing that day, rain or shine. We formed mixed teams and awarded small prizes for the wining teams. It was a day of camaraderie to bring everybody together and I’m glad to say that it’s just gotten bigger and bigger every year,” explained Bourgeois.
“To see this fun loving group all dressed in pink to help support their community was heartwarming to say the least,” said Handville. “Their ongoing efforts to help the community are amazing.”
Administered through Oswego County Opportunities, the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County offers a number of cancer screening services including colorectal cancer screenings, clinical breast exams, mammograms, and pap/pelvic exams.
These screenings are available free of charge and play an important part in maintaining good health.
For more information about the program, contact Carolyn Handville at 315-592-0830 or visit www.oco.org
A private, non-profit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of more than 30,000 Oswego County residents each year. One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs more than 650 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1,200.
OCO strives to improve the quality of life in Oswego County by helping people, supporting communities and changing lives. For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org