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Polar Bear Golf Classic raises $10K for CPA of the North Country


CANTON – Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country hosted its 14th annual Polar Bear Golf Classic on Feb. 14.

The event had a turnout of 24 golf teams (approximately 96 participants) and raised $10,000 for CP of the North Country’s Outdoor Recreation Program. This Outdoor Recreation Program provides individuals with disabilities opportunities to enjoy activities like camping, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and more. The funds raised are used to purchase equipment and supplies, as well as to offset the costs of some of the activities to make them more affordable to participants.

“The weather was perfect for golf in the snow and, from the feedback I received, it seemed like all of the participants really enjoyed themselves,” Makenzie Taylor, director of Public Relations, said.

This fundraiser ended with a casual dinner, a prize raffle drawing, and an optional trivia challenge. During dinner, Outdoor Recreation Program Coordinator Jim Williams spoke about the program and its importance, and some of the participants of the Outdoor Recreation Program shared the mic to tell everyone what their favorite activities are. All and all the event was a success and could not have been so without the generous support of the local businesses that sponsored the event, as well as those that donated items.

The sponsors for the 14th annual Polar Bear Golf Classic: Boyden Brook Body Works; Brooks Washburn, Architect, PC; Edwards Seymour VFW Post 1231; Excellus BlueCross BlueShield; G.M. Hewitt, Inc.; J.C. Merriman, Inc.; Kinney Drugs Foundation; Mort Backus and Sons, Inc.; NBT Bank; North Coast Therapy; North Country Savings Bank; Price Chopper Super Markets; Potsdam Elks Lodge; Relph Benefit Advisors; Rose & Kiernan, Inc.; St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union; SeaComm Federal Credit Union; Stacey Howlett, D.D.S, P.C.; Stephens Media Group; Wal-Mart of Potsdam; and WWNY / WNYF Television.

Big Cheese Pizza of Ogdensburg, Brewer Bookstore, Carbino’s, Cindy’s Cake Shop, Dunkin’ Donuts of Canton, Francey’s Supplies, Glow Skincare and Spa, Hair Designs, High Maintenance Hair Studio, Harris Medical Supplies & Equipment, Hot Tomales, Jrecks of Canton, Kinney Drugs of Canton, Little Caesars of Ogdensburg, Lobster House, Lowes of Ogdensburg, The Ole Smokehouse, The Pear Tree, Sunfeather Soap, St. Lawrence University Athletic Department, St. Lawrence University Golf & Country Club, SUNY Canton Roo’s House, SUNY Potsdam’s CPS Community Performance Series, Victory Promotions, Wal-Mart of Potsdam, and Ye Olde Liquor Store donated items for the event.

For more information about the Polar Bear Golf Classic, please contact Makenzie Taylor at (315) 386-1156 or For more information about the Outdoor Recreation Program, please contact Jim Williams at (315) 379-9667 or

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