MALONE — The Second Annual Adirondack for Kids Charity Golf Tournament raised $102,600 that will go to a number of youth-oriented organizations.
Adirondack for Kids is the charitable arm of Malone-based Adirondack Energy Products, which includes Adirondack Energy, Adirondack Propane, Adirondack Waste and Mountain Mart convenience stores/gas stations. The charity is run by Nancy Monette, vice president of retail operations at Mountain Mart.
The tournament was held in mid-September at Malone Golf Club with 32 teams of foursomes. Monette said that in addition to the scramble-format tournament, they had a dinner with an auction and raffles.
Joey St. Mary of Northern New York Dairy Sales served as the auctioneer and was very entertaining as he worked the crowd.
“It was a wonderful, wonderful day,” she said.
Adirondack for Kids made two $10,000 donations during the event — one to the Malone Minor Hockey Association and one to Holiday Helpers.
Jay Perras, president of the Malone Minor Hockey Board of Directors, said this is the second year his group has received funding from Adirondack for Kids. It is helping them provide first-year players in its under-8 league to receive a full set of hockey equipment, from skates through helmets.
“A donation like this goes a long way for us,” he said.
The biggest challenge for young children who want to try hockey at a young age is the expense, as a full set of equipment can run $300 or more. The funding helps Malone Minor Hockey meet its initiative to grow the sport.
In previous years, they had about eight to 10 new members every year. After they were able to provide the equipment, they had 44 new members last year and are well over 40 again this year.
“I can’t say enough about Adirondack for Kids. They’re all about the kids and all about the community,” Perras said.