Ophelia’s Place looks to raise some green

— If you’re looking for an excuse to shut down the office early on a weekday afternoon for a good cause, think about taking part in the 10th annual Raise the Green golf tournament at Foxfire Golf Course in Van Buren.

The nine-hole tournament will benefit Ophelia’s Place, a center in the village of Liverpool that addresses eating disorders and dysfunctional body image. Ophelia’s Place provides many opportunities for all those impacted by eating disorders to learn more and gather help and resources. In 2008, a relationship was formed between Ophelia’s Place and The Nutrition Clinic. Through this collaboration, an intensive outpatient program is offered by The Nutrition Clinic at Ophelia’s Place for those who need it.

The center also offers support groups for those struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating and body dissatisfaction, as well as their friends and families. It also conducts education and outreach efforts throughout Central New York. (For more information, visit opheliasplace.org.)

The tournament is the brainchild of Ophelia’s Place founder Mary Ellen Clausen, who created the center after watching her own daughters struggle with eating disorders. She chose a golf tournament because it was something she loved to do with her dad.

“We needed funding, and we thought this would be a great way to raise money and create awareness for our cause,” Clausen said. “But instead of an all-day, 18-hole event we created an evening nine-hole tournament, and we sold out the first year.”  

Board member Mark Roberts said the nine-hole format helps draw in more participants.

“This way, you can have more novice golfers, people who maybe aren’t as serious about the game but just want to come out and have fun,” Roberts said. “It’s not as frustrating as an all-day 18-hole tournament. We have a captain and crew format and it makes it a little easier to play and participate to come out and have fun.”

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