Par for the course

Corporate partners of Carleton University will once again tee off in support of student athletes at the second annual President’s Golf Tournament to be held on Monday, August 27.

The tournament was initiated last year to raise funds for athletic scholarships. For a sponsorship fee of $5,000 per foursome, 36 corporate partners and suppliers played in an 18-hole tournament at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club, then returned to the Raven’s Nest on campus for a dinner with student athletes.

A significant portion of each sponsorship fee went directly to student aid. The first tournament raised an outstanding $141,226 and two-thirds of that total went directly to 71 student athletes in the form of scholarship awards, and the remainder was matched with proceeds from the E. Bower Carty Endowment Fund, adding $96,032 to the permanent Ravens Fund endowment for future student athletes.

“It was a phenomenal success,” says Ed Kane, assistant vice-president, purchasing, and chair of the 2007 tournament planning committee.“ It was a great first step towards the university’s goal of raising $1 million over ten years.”

This year, most sponsors have renewed their participation, including title sponsor, Sodexho, and hospitality sponsor, Aramark.

In addition, 10 sponsors—including the Carleton University Alumni Association—have made a five-year commitment to the tournament by signing up as “founding sponsors.”

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