It was not only the ceremonial cheques that were bigger than usual when proceeds of the 2015 Moolarben Coal Celebrity Golf Classic were presented last week.This year’s Classic has raised the highest amount in the event’s history.
The event raised $23,000 profit after expenses, which was divided between Mudgee District Hospital and Pioneer House, who both received $10,000, with $1000 going to the Mudgee Men’s Shed for running the barbecue, and $2000 going to Mudgee Junior Golf.
Ken Sutcliffe and Peter Sterling are the major supporters and drivers behind the event. Mr Sutcliffe stipulates that the event must support Pioneer House and Mr Sterling that Mudgee Hospital is the other beneficiary.
Money raised must be used in the Mudgee region.
Pioneer House CEO/Director of Nursing Fran Trisley said they will use their share to directly benefit residents and improve their quality of life.
Mudgee/Gulgong Health Services Manager Judith Ford said their donation will go to a foundation to fund further training of staff and expand and improve certain services.
Event Founder Peter Mayson said that organisers are not going to rest on their laurels after the most successful staging of the day, particularly because they’re closing in on another milestone.
“It was the highest amount we’ve ever raised, so that’s our benchmark into the future and we’re going to try and beat it each year,” he said.
“Our goal for next year is to bring our total to $100,000 for the history of the event.
“Next year will be our fifth year and we need to raise about $18,000 to get to our target.”
Mr Mayson said that the support of title sponsors Moolarben Coal was a huge part of the success of the 2015 event because they helped take care of a lot of expenses.
Moolarben Community Relations Co-ordinator Scott Fittler said that this was the first year of a multi-year agreement sponsoring the event which they were all to happy to support.
“We’re very interested in supporting local, not-for-profit events which benefit the community and this one has already been successful at doing just that,” he said.
The event’s gold sponsors were The Property Shop, Ross Granata Motors, TLE, Mudgee Golf Club, and Accident & Health International.
Mr Mayson thanked volunteer event organisers Genevieve Palmer and Mary Sparkes and Mr Sutcliffe passed on his acknowledgement of the work of Mr Mayson.
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