June 28 Golf Tournament Helps Support Women’s Recovery Service
Recovery without Walls (RWW), a Cape-wide, non-profit organization based in Falmouth, will hold its fourth annual Charity Golf Tournament on Sunday, June 28th at the Falmouth Country Club beginning at noon with registration at 11:00 am. Format is best ball scramble. Public is invited to play. This year, RWW was the recipient of the 2009 Red Cross Hero’s Award for Community Impact and Service for the Cape and Islands.
“Last year’s tournament raised over $6000 and our hope is to double that amount this year,” stated Bill Dougherty, RWW Founder and Executive Director.” In an effort to raise interest and excitement for the Tournament, one lucky golfer at the end of the tournament will be chosen by a drawing to sink a 50 foot putt, with the chance to win $10,000, “he added.
RWW is a resource for women living in Barnstable County who are beginning sober living outside of treatment facilities and reentering the community. Of the 300 women who have been served by RWW, each case is unique, according to Dougherty. RWW tries to identify those issues and problems that may easily overwhelm the individual, leading to lack of hope or worse leading them back to associates and behaviors that will inevitably steer them away from their recovery.
“Voluntarism is the backbone of RWW. Our staffing is all-volunteerand our only requirement for clients is to maintain sobriety, return tothe workforce, and provide volunteer support to RWW as a way of “payingback.” As the program matures, we are beginning to help women make thetransition from minimum wage jobs to developing a profession,” statedDougherty.
“Voluntarism is the backbone of RWW. Our staffing is all-volunteer and our only requirement for clients is to maintain sobriety, return to the workforce, and provide volunteer support to RWW as a way of “paying back.” As the program matures, we are beginning to help women make the transition from minimum wage jobs to developing a profession,” stated Dougherty.
Because RWW does not receive federal or state funds and does not charge for services, fundraising is vital to the success of the program. “Our major expenses go to rents and security deposits, assistance with basic living expenses and transportation,” he added. In the past three years, RWW has paid over $60,000 in rental subsidies for women transitioning from Gosnold’s Emerson House to sober and safe housing on the Cape.
Last year, RWW opened an office in North Falmouth that is providing job skills and computer training to clients. The emphasis this year is in small business, non-profit management skills as well as special funding for undergraduate and master’s programs.
Community support for this year’s event has been extremely positive with local professionalsand businesses stepping up to be event sponsors. A few of the local sponsors include Slade Mortgage, Lynne Marshall, DMD, New Wave Printing, and Cape Cod Five. Executive Auto, the tournament sponsor, has offered a special opportunity that promotes a hole-in-one competition for a new car on the 17th hole. Other par three holes will feature prizes such as a cross country travel package, golf clubs and a plasma TV. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
A barbeque following the tournament will include a silent auction featuring foursomes from some of Cape Cod s best golf clubs, Red Sox tickets, a Vermont Mystery Tour with lodging and special surprises, health club memberships, and restaurant gift certificates. This year’s raffles will feature two gas cards worth $100 each. The public is welcome to come just for the barbeque at a cost of $10 per person.
Other RWW fundraising events this summer include a running team at the Falmouth Road Race and the 4th Annual Women’s Tennis Tournament in September. If you would like to support a runner or be a golf or tennis sponsor, please contact Bill Dougherty or Thayer Graves at 508-540-5867 or [email protected]. Donations are welcome and may be sent to PO Box 591, West Falmouth, MA 02574. Additional information can also be found at www.recoverywithoutwalls.org.