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In-person fundraisers return for 2022: Plan to attend the 27th Annual CLASS Golf Tournament

May 19, 2022   ·   0 Comments

The 27th Annual CLASS Golf Tournament, benefitting the Community Living Association for South Simcoe, who support youth and adults with developmental disabilities in the Region, is set to take place on June 22, 2022, in the organization’s 60th anniversary year, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID–19.

Taking place at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort in Alliston, event registration starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by a barbecue lunch outside at 11 a.m. (no evening gala), and a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Event registration is now open with a registration fee of $180 per person and 100 people are expected to golf. This year there isn’t a “lunch only” option due to potential for further changes to COVID–19 best practices, as mandated by the local health unit.

“If you don’t want to golf, we have many sponsorship level opportunities available,” Barbara Barta, Marketing and Communications Manager for CLASS told The Times.

Depending on the sponsorship level, benefits can include: golf cart advertising, golf registration and lunch, hole signs, golf program recognition, business/name on posters and website link, and much more.

Although CLASS has not yet set a fundraising goal for 2022, Barta says pre-pandemic the event raised between $10,000 – $60,000 annually.

“This year the focus is on coming together as a community,” she said. “But with a fifty–fifty raffle and online auction we hope to raise $15,000.”

Barta is the Event Chair and oversees the tournament with a small committee made up of management, front line staff and people supported.

“Golf has always been a great fundraiser for CLASS and many of our sister agencies across Simcoe County, it is a great way to gain community support and if someone is not a golfer there have been other ways to participate and support a great cause,” said Barta. “This year the online auction will enable even more people to participate and support the event without having to attend.”

During the years CLASS was unable to host its tournament, Barta says the impact from lost dollars affected people with developmental disabilities in South Simcoe and area, as CLASS supports almost 300 people by offering youth programs, community participation, accommodation supports, support for those living independently and offering employment supports and opportunities.

They also support the rights of people with a developmental or intellectual disability to choose and lead dignified lives within their community.

CLASS is a non-profit, charitable organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and funded in part by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS).

The agency was established in 1962 by a group of parents who wanted services in their own community for their children who had a diagnosis of a developmental disability.

In honour of its 60th anniversary, CLASS is planning further celebrations this summer.

CLASS is currently looking for volunteers to assist on golf day with registration and raffle ticket sales, Putting Contest, Hole-in-One monitoring and online auction monitoring. For more information, or to register or volunteer, follow CLASS on social media @class_community, email them at or visit

By Wendy Gabrek

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