Every year during August, the Adirondack Energy offices are flooded with deliveries, meetings, and phone calls pertaining to one annual event: The Adirondack for Kids Golf Tournament. As an employee or visitor, it is certainly a sight to see.
Everyone in the office knows of the event and many golfers within the community have heard of the event, but we decided that this year we would get the skinny on why the tournament is such a commotion, albeit a good one, in the office. We sat down with Nancy Monette, Executive Director of Adirondack for Kids, and got the low-down on all the hub-bub.
What exactly is Adirondack for Kids?
Adirondack for Kids is a component of The Adirondack Foundation out of Lake Placid that was started by the Adirondack Energy Family of Businesses in 2009. We base everything we do on the motto “Kids Matter Most.”
That’s a great motto. Can you give me some personal insight on what you feel the mission of Adirondack for Kids is?
Our goal is helping and supporting youth groups without a lot of options for raising money. We can do things that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do which was the intention originally. All non-profits try to raise money, but we found that kids’ organization had fewer resources at hand, from volunteers to eligible fundraisers to basic start-up funds. So we try to provide a bridge, so to speak, in helping make a difference for those organizations.
It seems the Adirondack for Kids Golf Tournament is your biggest fundraiser. Can you explain why you think that is?
Well first, we put the most effort into the event. But otherwise, the golf tournament is primarily a corporate tournament. We reach out to large companies that our Family of Businesses works with such as large banks and Exxon Mobil. We find that they have slightly deeper pockets than our local mom and pop shops do. We try to get these companies to not just invest in the businesses here, but the community and the kids. And they all come on board with that idea. We find that our mom and pop shops are more than generous as well, so it’s a win-win.
Sounds like a lot is going on as far as sponsorship. What goes on at the actual event?
There are a lot of different components to the tournament—it’s not just a golf tourney. There is a live auction, silent auction, dinner, and entertainment. We actually have an incredible auction because one of our sponsors donates amazing sports memorabilia. But we take care of everything the day of the tournament. We set them up with lunch, transport them to the course, take care of everything on the course, set up dinner and entertainment… the works. Top executives from large companies look forward to this event. It’s quite amazing to see.
So what’s your personal favorite part of this event?
The day itself I would probably say the live auction. It’s entertainment in itself. There are two auctioneers and they work the crowd to really make it fun and to try to raise a lot of money. Aside from that, I love planning for it and getting ready for it ahead of time.
Okay, so this is a huge event. Can you share with us what you raise?
Well, we raise over $100 thousand annually for Adirondack for Kids, and the golf tournament is a major aspect of that. The golf tournament allows us to fund one large project annually and helps fund with many smaller grants throughout the year.
Explain that to me… you offer grants and you take on your own projects?
Yes, each year we pick something to do as an organization. I’m really excited for our choice this year which we will announce at the dinner. But some of our past projects include helping Alice Hyde purchase an isoletta, helping the Girl Scouts of Northern NY with their summer camp water program, and helping with the community favorite Back Pack Program. Then aside from that we have funds that we give to community youth organizations to work on their own projects.
What has your favorite project been?
Probably the mural on the side of Andrus Street. The community was involved with it, it showcases the history of the fair, and every day you can go by it and it is something that everyone can enjoy.
What kind of grants do you support?
We accept grant applications from youth organizations in Northern New York: Franklin County, St. Lawrence County, Clinton County, and Essex County.
Awesome, last question. How can people get in touch with you?
Information can always be found on our website and you can also download the application there.
This amazing event is being held Wednesday, September 13. The golf tournament is already full, but tickets are still available for the dinner and auction. If you are interested in attending you can reach Nancy at (518) 483-3835. You can also find more information on Adirondack for Kids here.