by Dave Warner

COVID 19 has taken away the normal fund-raising activities that the Alpine Rehabilitation & Nursing Center would hold in order to raise money for the Relay for Life. So, this year, they’re having to get creative to meet their fund-raising goals.

According to Casey Bayes, Assistant Administrator of the facility, “Over the years, we’ve increased the amount that we’ve raised each year for Relay for Life. We started in 2017 just doing bottle drives and collecting change. That year we raised almost $600. In 2018 we did Chinese auctions and raised $1,800, and last year, we started the chicken dinners and we raised almost $2,000.”

In 2020 though, the pandemic has limited their fundraising to under $100 to date, so they decided to get creative and hold a golf tournament.

“There’s going to be nine teams and it’s going to be a best-ball tournament. Hopefully, every team will have one good golfer,” she said.

They plan on having a light breakfast in the morning and a chicken BBQ afterward. During the tournament, there will be a cart going around the course giving out free beer, and she said, “Who doesn’t like that in the morning?”

They’re also having golf shirts made up so that every golfer that participates, will get one for free, sponsored by Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations. Owner Dan Enea said, “We’re looking forward to raising some money for Relay, along with Alpine and we’re hoping that people take part in it. We want to have a perfect turnout.”

Enea said, “I deal with so many people that battle cancer. I thought it would be a great opportunity to help out in a different way, other than dealing with people during their difficult time when they, unfortunately, have to use my services. I’m glad to be able to help out.”

Since they can’t have a regular kissing booth on the course, they’re going to have a doggie kissing booth. “We can’t have a people kissing booth with COVID, so I was trying to think of some fun things to do while everyone is out there, so I thought once everyone has a couple of beers, they’ll want to kiss our Alpine mascot, Sammy,” said Bayes.

They have signed up sponsors for each hole, but are still looking for golfers to fill out the teams. Each sponsor will be able to have a table at their hole and they can give out anything from Jello shots to marketing items, says Bayes.

“I’ve golfed on the Little Falls Municipal Golf Course on a Saturday morning when the BBQ has been going and let me tell you, it smells good the whole time you’re on the course,” she stated.

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