First River Classic a success; four local non-profits share proceeds

Over $22,000 raised at event held at Pike Lake

MOUNT FOREST – Radio station 88.7 The River held its first golf tournament in September, benefitting three non-profit groups.

“I consider the first River Classic to be a huge success, beyond my expectations,” said general manager Rob Mattice.

Planning for the 18-hole scramble tournament, held at Pike Lake on Sept. 25, started in the early spring.

The idea was to have a golf tournament and select partners that could help with planning and execution and, if everything went well, share in  the proceeds.

The River partnered with Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington, Get In Touch For Hutch and Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington.

“The goal for our first attempt was to at least break even. We blew past that and actually raised a total of just over $22,000,” Mattice said.

“We were able to host 86 golfers for a great day on the links. Although the weather may have rained on our parade once or twice, the participants and volunteers had a terrific experience.

“The proceeds from this event are going to allow these organizations to do more work in our community. These programs make our community a better place to live.”

After expenses were paid, each organization received $2,000 at cheque presentations in December.

“I couldn’t be happier with these three groups, all of our sponsors and of course, the golfers,” said Mattice.

“It was an awesome day of golf, great dinner and lots of fun. Watch out for The River Classic 2020.”