Press-Republican

October 13, 2013

Adirondack for Kids raises $102,600

DAN HEATH
Press-Republican

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.

Donations appreciated

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.

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.

The students return the backpack to their school at the start of the week so it can be re-stocked for the following weekend.

The charity has also helped fund construction of a playground behind the Flander’s School in Malone and another in Burke.

The Huskies Science and Swim Summer Camp has also received funding. It is a week-long camp at Franklin Academy for students in grades 1 through 8 with a focus on science activities in the ecosystem around the school and swimming in its pool. 

Money from Adirondack for Kids has allowed children to receive a scholarship to participate in the program, which costs $150.

Monette said the charity has received a lot of support from the community since its inception.

“There’s a lot of generous people out there.”

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com