Sharing the Bounty From a Spectacular Day of Golf

By: Martin Kinnunen

IMG_9217Organizers of the fifth annual UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Charity Golf Tournament presented two local organizations recently with the bounty from a day on the links, just in time for Thanksgiving day.

Checks of $21,674 each were presented to Community Human Services (CHS) and Peoples Oakland. Representatives of both groups said their organizations have previously received funds from the tournament, and the money has been and will continue to be put to good use helping people in need in Oakland, Shadyside, and other Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

“Thank you for your faith in us,” said Trevor Smith, director of Community Programs for CHS.His organization provides food to about 1,600 individuals a month at its food pantry. With the money from the tournament, CHS can continue to operate the pantry and take on new programs such as teaching people how to garden and eat healthier fresh foods.

Peoples Oakland, a nonprofit organization that operates a wellness center and assists people recovering from serious and persistent mental illness, will use the tournament funds to help its clients in its ongoing programs and address unique issues such as social isolation. The timing of the UPMC donation could not be better. Like many agencies, Peoples Oakland’s funding from the state has been delayed by the budget impasse in Harrisburg, said Sandy Phillips, executive director.

Sixty-nine foursomes took part in this year’s outing, which was held in August at the Birdsfoot Golf Club near Freeport. Once again, the event drew numerous sponsors, including many companies that serve as vendors or do business with UPMC, as well as numerous employees to serve as volunteers.

“It’s really neat that local organizations are the recipients of the money we raise, and we are able to keep the money here in the city to help our neighbors,” said John Krolicki, vice president, Facilities and Support Services, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.