Schools partner to make a bigger impact for Christian education in the area
Immanuel Christian School in Oshawa and Pickering Christian School collaborated to host a fundraiser golf tournament May 28, successfully bringing together two communities in support of Christian education in the region.
“This is an excellent way to bring communities together,” says James Terpstra, chair of Immanuel’s golf committee.
Pickering Christian School director of development David Park says the benefit of collaborating is working together to make an impact in the region.
“In this case we are supporting and raising funds for not just a school, but two schools that have a huge impact within the community of the Durham region, and so in that essence you are joining together for the greater cause, which is Christian education,” says Park.
The tournament was held at Deer Creek Golf and Country Club in Ajax, and included a barbecue lunch, steak dinner, silent auction, live auction and raffle.
This was the 11th annual golf tournament for Immanuel and eighth year for Pickering, and the first year the schools co-hosted the event. Because Pickering is a bigger school they have traditionally run a larger tournament, which was beneficial for Immanuel and extra value for sponsors and golfers.
Business sponsors benefited from increased exposure. This year the sponsorship packages entry fee level was increased, but it was a two-fold sponsorship that included being a sponsor on the school website for a year as well as advertisement at the tournament, says Terpstra.
As the general number of people participating in golf tournaments is decreasing, hosting the event together helped keep the number of participants up, notes Park.
“Joining together made smart economical sense for us to share costs … and still support the cause,” says Park.
There were 113 golfers who took part in the tournament, and despite some rainy conditions the organizers say everything went well.
“They really enjoyed the entire day, when you have a more successful event and when you have an event that is run very well and when you golf a great golf course it does make the day a huge success,” says Terpstra.
Terpstra says now that they have had their first successful tournament they have a template to build from for future years.
“It really worked out great. Next year it will definitely be a bigger and better event, it’s very successful for both schools,” Terpstra says.
While the proceeds are still being tallied, he says it looks like total revenue from the event might reach $25,000.
“If we made that, it would be a true blessing,” says Terpstra.
Park says partnering with other Christian organizations is beneficial for everyone involved and thinks more joint projects can be done.
“I think that there is a lot to gain from organizations spending time finding out things like best practices and joint efforts, I think we spend way too much time trying to stake out our own turf and not share what’s working,” says Park.
“We are not competing, we are actually trying to forward Christian education in the area and I think if more people understood that we could do better things advocating for Christian education.”