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Golf tourney supports Canadian Mental Health Association

This is the second annual Buffone Memorial Golf Tournament at the Sault Ste. Marie Golf Club
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The second annual Andy Buffone Memorial Golf Tournament is coming to the Sault Ste. Marie Golf Club on Aug. 27.

The tournament's proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association Algoma, for mental health awareness and initiatives within the community.

Registration is $150/person or $600/team and includes power cart, lunch on the course, dinner, as well as a chance to win prizes throughout the event.

The full press release about the event is included below.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, the second annual Andy Buffone Memorial Tournament will be hosted at the Sault Ste. Marie Golf Club. All proceeds raised from the golf tournament will be donated to Canadian Mental Health Association Algoma, in support of mental health awareness and initiatives in our community. After the success of the inaugural tournament, a donation of $17,000 was made to CMHA Algoma. These funds were used to help CMHA Algoma train staff to provide ASIST training across the Algoma District. Applied suicide intervention skills training, or ASIST, is an intensive, interactive, and practice-dominated course designed to help individuals recognize the risk of suicide and learn to intervene to prevent the risk of suicidal thoughts becoming suicidal behaviours.

This year, the tournament committee is looking to match the fundraising amounts of the previous tournament. This year’s donation amount will help CMHA Algoma work towards providing additional training to its staff and community partners in the Algoma region. The focus this year is nonviolent crisis intervention training. Nonviolent crisis intervention training, or NCI, is a training that has been developed for workers in primary care, educators, and human services professionals. The focus is using de-escalation techniques as well as restrictive and nonrestrictive interventions when dealing with crisis situations.

This year’s tournament will consist of a shotgun start at 1 p.m., with lunch and refreshments. Additional refreshments will also be available throughout the golf course. The dinner and post-event reception will be held at 7 p.m. at Icebreakers Sports Bar & Grill at the John Rhodes Community Centre.

Registration is $150/person or $600/team and includes power cart, lunch on the course, dinner, and the chance to win some great prizes! The prizes up for grabs have been donated by many local businesses. To register your team, please contact the committee at Team fees can be paid through e-transfer. Sponsorship packages are also available. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Christina at Sponsorships or donations can be made by cheque or e-transfer.

About Canadian Mental Health Association Algoma

The Algoma branch, chartered in 1963, is affiliated with a provincial network of 32 other CMHA branches across Ontario. CMHA Algoma works closely with a variety of community agencies including, but not limited to, hospitals, police services, schools, and mental health and addiction agencies. Through a collaborative approach to education and services, the Algoma branch is far-reaching, and its programs touch many lives in the Algoma community. Whether individuals are experiencing a mental illness, have a family member or friend with a mental illness, are a health care provider, an employer or are seeking information, CMHA Algoma is available to help.

The Algoma branch is incorporated and governed by a volunteer board of directors. Funding for the programs and services are from many sources including, Ontario Health North, United Way, service agreements, grants and donations.