On Thursday, September 12, Community Crossroads held our 30th annual Golf Tournament. The tournament, which was held at Candia Woods Golf Links in Candia, NH, brought in numerous people to play golf while raising money towards a great cause.
This year’s tournament celebrated the “30 Years of Impact” Community Crossroads has had on the region throughout the years because of this fundraiser. Like all of the Community Crossroads major fundraisers, the proceeds from the event will go towards the fundraising committee who then gives grants to families multiple times each year to help with expenses. These expenses could be for therapeutic horseback riding, a job coach, an aid to go on a family trip, technology and more.
During my day at the Golf Tournament I noticed the many ways Community Crossroads gives back to those who are served. At many of the places where golfers tee off, signs showcased stories of the ways those who are served benefit from these fundraisers. From showcasing one person having funds to attend drivers education to another served being able to now communicate due to funds for a new iPad, the range of ways those served can benefit is wide.
At several of the holes, activities were placed such as cornhole and a shotgun cannon that shot the golf ball instead of the player hitting it. Holes such as those gave variation on the green and made several of the holes unique. These activities sometimes cost money and sometimes did not but regardless, players had the chance to participate in some of the unique parts of this tournament.
James Dickerson is a golfer and a member of the Board of Directors who said the tournament has changed throughout the years in terms of size as well as quality. He noted that he has some family that has come to this tournament from states away just because of how well put together the tournament is and the proceeds going to a great cause.
Other golfers note the tournament has stayed the same in many ways throughout its three decades. Brian Young has golfed at the tournament since its very first year and said it is the most consistently high quality tournament he attends. Brian said it is some of the little aspects of the tournament that make it so well done such as the activities on the course, the cookies and most importantly, the personable nature of those involved.
Some golfers have been attending the tournament because of family members who are impacted and helped by Community Crossroads. David Camell has a son with Cerebral Palsy and has been golfing at the tournament each year for nearly 15 years. He said when it comes to projects around the house as well as support for his family, Community Crossroads has been there to help.
Another facet of the Golf Tournament I noticed was that despite raining for a major portion of the day, people were enjoying being on the course participating in something important and having fun. This goes to show the commitment people have towards the organization and this being something people look forward to and enjoy. Dan Thompson, who has golfed at this tournament for 27 years, said, “Today is the only time I golf because I don’t like golfing. You may be able to tell by the way I play.” Stories such as those show the commitment people have to the event.
The tournament raises additional funds through raffles and silent auction items. From Patriots tickets, to a handmade table by a Community Crossroads employee, to a wheelbarrow of booze, people work hard to put items together to be won at the tournament.
One of the many people who made the tournament happen was volunteer Ann Dillon. She noted how far the tournament has come since its inception in 1990. While this year’s tournament looked extremely professional thanks to the staff involvement, Ann noted in the early years everything was a team effort by volunteers.
By the end of the day, it was clear to see just why so many people continue to golf and help at the Community Crossroads Golf Tournament.