30 Years of Impact – A Look at the Community Crossroads Golf Tournament
Thirty years ago, Community Crossroads held its first Golf Tournament as a fundraiser to help those served in the community. This event brought in just over 30 golfers and raised $2,600. While these numbers were impressive at the time, the Golf Tournament has grown immensely in terms of the number who attend and the money raised. Last year, the tournament raised over $20,000 and included dozens of golfers eager to partake in the day’s events.
For this year’s milestone 30th anniversary Community Crossroads is showcasing all the ways it has positively impacted countless individuals and families throughout the years. Chris Roy, Community Crossroads Associate Director and longtime member of the Golf Tournament Committee, said this year’s focus is looking back over the accomplishments of the decades. Funds raised from these events support everything from camperships, educational needs, technology devices, furniture, to vacations and more. Funds allow families opportunities they may not otherwise have.
One aspect of the Tournament’s success, according to Chris Roy, is the commitment of the committee. With numerous repeat and new volunteers, the Golf Tournament is sure to have lots of people to ensure a fun time. “This is one of the best tournaments—we look forward to next year’s,” is a common refrain from golfers. Craig Bishop, Events Manager at Candia Woods, said this type of tournament typically doesn’t last past the 15 year mark. A major reason Community Crossroads is about to double that number is due to a committee of dedicated people working year round to make certain the day is a special one.
Golfers continue to return each year due to the day’s fun as well as the generosity of Community Crossroads as an organization, according to Community Crossroads’ employee and avid golfer Bill Dillon. He also notes that even during years in which there is inclement weather such as a hurricane, or a national tragedy such as 9/11 just days prior, golfers continue to show up to golf and raise money for a worthy cause.
The creativity of the tournament seems to be another reason it remains a popular fundraiser. Several holes on the course are either themed or feature a game to play. One hole has a Las Vegas theme while another has a cannonball contest. Many of the popular themed holes are repeated each year while new ideas are added. A unique feature this year is a cornhole contest in which players enjoy a game of cornhole (for free!) and are entered into a contest to win the actual cornhole game.
Visual signage will be placed throughout the course this year showcasing the many ways families are assisted. This will enable golfers to put a face and story to the event to see the true impact the Community Crossroads Golf Tournament has had on the community for the past 30 years—with plans to continue well into the future.