The golf tournament benefits from a tremendous group of volunteers, Monette said. Most of them come from the Adirondack Energy Products companies and other businesses the Monette family owns in the Malone area, which includes the Holiday Inn and Suites hotel, Mo’s Pub and Grill and Titus Mountain.
“I couldn’t do this without them,” she said. “They are always there whenever we need them.”
Partners help out
The tournament has a number of partners, including Key Bank, Community Bank, Pathfinder Bank, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, White Management Group and Exxon/Mobil.
“They also provided some of the prizes, which is really nice,” she said.
Monette said Malone Golf Club is also a key to the success of the event. The staff at the club are extremely courteous and provide excellent hospitality.
The quality of the course itself helps attract golfers from across the state to the event.
The charity was founded in 2010. Monette said they contacted Adirondack Community Trust in Lake Placid to oversee the funds that are raised. Adirondack Community Trust does the research to ensure money is going to an authentic 501(c)3 organization and is used for the purpose stated in funding applications.
Holiday Helpers helps families with children from when they are born through their senior year of high school as long as they are attending school. In addition to provision of toys, food and clothing during the holiday season, it also helps link families to community services that can assist them during what can be an economically stressful time of year.
Monette said the program is run by Candy Gadway. It reached 1,800 families in Franklin County last year.
“She is a wonderful, wonderful lady,” Monette said.
Other programs assisted
Adirondack for Kids has helped a number of other organizations since its inception. One is the Backpack Program, which provides children with a backpack full of healthy food for the weekend.