Ophelia’s Place looks to raise some green

— Since more people can play, more money can be raised – Roberts, who has helped coordinate the event the last four or five years, said more than 100 golfers usually participate, and the tournament typically raises $12,000 to $15,000 a year. That money funds programs, speakers, support and the day-to-day running of Ophelia’s Place. It also helps to raise awareness of the center’s mission: to help people to accept themselves as they are.

“We’ve created a very unique model, offering support, education and outreach, along with providing several levels of treatment services through our collaboration with The Nutrition Clinic,” Clausen said, “and in 2009 we opened Cafe at 407, as a creative way of funding Ophelia’s Place while providing a place of community along with a space that embraces our vision: To begin changing culture and to empower individuals, families, and communities to embrace health, beauty, and happiness at any shape and size and to share a message of body celebration.”

The event’s volunteer committee chair, Farah Jadran, of Syracuse, says the community involvement has been the key to the tournament’s success.

“Several community members volunteer their time to collect donations and seek sponsorships,” Jadran said. “Then its the community that steps up to answer the call — this makes the tournament possible.”

Volunteers also work on gathering items for the giveaway bags and auction items. “Mark [Roberts] has been doing an excellent job securing sponsorships for this event, which, without a doubt, is for a great cause.”

The tournament takes place on Thursday Sept. 22. Registration begins at 3 p.m. with a shotgun start at 3:30 p.m. Fees are $260 per foursome or $65 per person and include greens fees, a golf cart, dinner, shirt, giveaways, door prizes, raffles, a silent auction and dinner. You can also sign up as a sponsor. Major sponsors of the event are Custom Logo and ClearChannel; other sponsors are Staff Leasing, Ward Steel, Benefit Consulting Group and Brown and Brown.

If interested in sponsorship, contact Mark Roberts at 430-3217 or mark@staffleasing-peo.com. To make a general donation, contact Farah Jadran at farah@syracusewomanmag.com.

For questions regarding The Nutrition Clinic’s programs or other eating disorders treatment options, please contact The Nutrition Clinic at (877)765-7866 and visit their website at solstonecenter.com.

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