Golf tourney to raise funds for disabled adults

In its forty-fifth year of operation, Participation House in Markham is hosting its annual charity golf tournament at Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Sept. 21.

Participation House opened its doors in November 1972 to provide care and residential homes and services for adults with physical and developmental disabilities.

At seven different sites in York Region, Participation House serves close to 120 men and women ranging in age from 20 to 86. Its mission is to be a leader through a continuum of services designed to reflect individualized approaches, community involvement and a respect for human dignity.

Every year for the past 25 years Participation House looks to raise money to be able to upgrade their homes and facilities.

Although funded mostly from the Ontario Government, namely the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Central Local Health Integrated Network, Participation House continues to look for vital capital investments.

The goal for this year’s tournament is to raise $40,000 in support of their Physical Exercise Program. The funds will go towards staffing and equipment to help keep residents mobile and promote health and wellness.

Frances DiCarlo, the Executive Director of Participation House, says the charity golf tournaments are essential for upgrading the facility.

On average they have raised about $20,000 to $30,000 a year, she notes. “What this does is bring us to a year of operating dollars for the program that we’re raising money for. Our total budget is about $9 million to operate, with most of it coming from the government.”

Fundraising events and activities organized by Participation House, like the annual golf tournament helps support investments for specially-equipped vans, pool improvements, Adult Literacy School as well as other projects to keep their residents happy  and comfortable.

“When I go home, I know that our residents are happy, they’re well taken care of and that I have wonderful staff to be able to do that. I’m really proud that Participation House can be a home away from home,” DiCarlo added.

For more information about Participation House and the golf tournament visit participationhouse.net or 905-513-2756.

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