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“New Beginnings” sponsors golf tournament

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MADRID — Golfers around the county have an opportunity to tee off for a cause.

The New Beginnings Clothing and Food Outreach, 3605 County Route 14, is hosting a golf tournament on Saturday at the Madrid Golf Course. Tee off times are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $100 for a two-person team and includes lunch and prizes for a range of achievements from best to worst scores.

“The community support has been tremendous,” according to Cindy Sweet, who is organizing the event. “...And we owe a big thanks to the Madrid Golf Association for hosting us.”

The registration deadline for the tournament was May 26, but Mrs. Sweet said teams can register at the golf course on the day of the event.

Money raised from the event will go toward construction of the New Beginnings Clothing and Food Outreach building.

Founded in 1989 by three local churches, The United Church of Madrid, St. John’s Catholic Church and the Scotch Presbyterian Church, New Beginnings has been operating out of a dilapidated old barn centrally located on Route 14 in Madrid Springs.

The new building will include more insulation and better utilities. There will be a bigger food pantry, sorting and fitting rooms for clothing, improved handicapped access, a rest room, a display of public assistance and educational pamphlets, a community room, and even a community garden.

The project is estimated at $120,000. So far the organization has raised $15,000.

“With unemployment above 10 percent, families are really struggling right now,” according to Phyllis McDougal, president of the New Beginnings Board. “It’s urgent that we get this building up and running so we can serve more people and serve them better and in more ways.”

The church chose Johnny Appleseed as its mascot and hopes to have the funds raised by his birthday, Sept. 26.

“We picked Johnny as our spokesperson because to accomplish the mission we need everyone to take a bite out of poverty,” Mrs. McDougal said. “The churches and people from all over have given a lot so far but we are going to need some very large donations if we are going to make our deadline.”

There are other opportunities for people to help out. People can also take their cans and bottles to the Bella Redemption Center, and their nickels will be donated to the New Beginnings New Building Fund. There is also a dumpster for collecting white metal at the town barn in Madrid until Friday.

Other tax-deductible donations may be sent to PO Box 142, Madrid, NY, 13660. Please make checks out to New Beginnings Building Fund.

For more information, contact Noel Allen at 323-1430 or nyallen@twcny.rr.com .

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