SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — With its Drive to End Homelessness charity golf tournament set for 1 p.m. Friday at The Links at Outlook in South Berwick, nonprofit Fair Tide is still hoping to attract more players.
All event proceeds benefit Fair Tide’s transitional housing program that provides participants with targeted support services in addition to short-term, affordable housing.
Citing strong corporate support, Fair Tide Executive Director Joe Galli admits player numbers are down, though there has been some recent registration activity.
“We are certainly hopeful,” Galli said. “A tournament like this gives Fair Tide some very necessary exposure on the Seacoast. More importantly, player registration fees directly support hard-working families on their path to self-sufficiency.”
Galli said Fair Tide seeks to assist homeless families develop competencies in four essential skills areas: accountability, financial stability, emotional health and future planning.
“Our whole delivery model rests on the idea we can affect these changes within two years,” he said. “Upon graduating from our program, families have been 100 percent successful in securing and maintaining stable and permanent housing.”
Recognizing current economic pressures, he said the golf committee worked hard to “put on a great event” that features a gourmet dinner and more than 25 donated items for a raffle and silentauction. Tickets are $125 per player and include greens fees, cart and dinner. The annual event will also feature auction and raffle items ranging from local artwork to gift certificates to shops and restaurants.
Liberty Mutual is the tournament’s corporate sponsor. Team sponsors are Northeast Credit Union and York Hospital. Hole sponsors are Central Maine Power, J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home, Portsmouth Kayak Adventures, Griffin Electrical Services, Lassel Architects, Robert’s Maine Grill, Bob’s Clam Hut and Tanger Outlet Centers.
To register for the event, visit www.endhomelessness.golfreg.com or call (207) 439-6376.