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2014-05-29 at 15:54

Volunteers needed

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com
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THUNDER BAY -- Organizers of the Staal Foundation Open are putting out another call for volunteers.

Volunteer co-ordinator Gloria Scherban said Thursday about 200 volunteer and upward of 80 or more caddies are still needed for the PGA Tour Canada event, slated for Whitewater Golf Course from July 14-20.

“Not unlike any huge event that takes place in Thunder Bay, volunteers are the backbone of delivering the services, supporting the organization, making it happen,” Scherban said.

“We’re looking for 400-plus volunteers. We’re about halfway there with recruitment, but there’s definitely lots of opportunities and you don’t need to be a golf expert.”

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities to choose from, including working in the hospitality suite to being on the course with the golfers or working the scorer’s tent.

“They’ll all be fun, wonderful experiences and we encourage Thunder Bay residents to come out.”

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal, whose family foundation is the primary sponsor of the event, said come one, come all.

“We’ll definitely take your help,” said Staal, the second-youngest of four hockey-playing brothers to reach the NHL.

As an added bonus, Staal said volunteers have the opportunity to “watch me hack it up.”
No experience is required to serve as a caddy, said Rick Bevilacqua, charged with lining players up with someone to carry their clubs from Thursday to Sunday.

“We definitely need caddies. We’re about a third of the way there,” he said.

All that’s needed is the ability to carry a heavy bag of clubs for four days. Caddies must also be 16 or older.

“That’s essentially it,” Bevilacqua said.

While some might think they need intimate knowledge of the game, that’s not the case, not at this level, at least.

“Trust me, you really don’t,” he said, recalling serving as a caddy the last time the Canadian tour was in Thunder Bay.

“You’ll see shots you won’t see from anywhere else.”

Applications for both volunteer and caddy positions can be found online at www.staalopen.ca.

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Nongolfer says:
Did the release happen to mention that you have to pay a $35 fee in order to volunteer? No wonder they can't get volunteers!!
5/29/2014 5:23:47 PM
DaisyNuke says:
I would have gladly volunteered, but I'm not willing to pay for the privilege.
5/29/2014 8:12:56 PM
Mrbusinessman says:
Nongolfer is right, my daughter is a first year L.U. student who was very interested in volunteering at this event until she saw the $35 fee she would have to pay. I find this in very poor taste and am surprised the Staals would be attached to an event with this requirement of volunteers.
5/29/2014 8:18:36 PM
dockboy says:
Thirty five dollars to volunteer, who's brain wave was that? The Staal's would be wise to drop that requirement.
5/30/2014 8:37:24 AM
spooner19 says:
This is the first time i have ever heard of someone being asked to pay a fee to volunteer. Of course you need volunteers are you kidding me!!
5/30/2014 10:22:20 AM
TbaysFinest says:
This is typical Thunder Bay citizens, something great happens in the city and all people do is complain about it. We are complaining about $35 dollars? REALLY! I am sure the volunteers will be more then componsated for their $35 throughout the 4 day event. Soon Thunder Bay will be known as the Whinniest city in Canada and nothing will come here and everyone can stay home and stare at the walls of their house. If you do not want to pay the $35 to volunteer then don't, stay home, but there is no reson to complain about it.
5/30/2014 10:36:12 AM
DaisyNuke says:
I recently volunteered for a national curling even held in Thunder Bay. (The Dominion Club Curling Championships) Not only did I not have to pay to volunteer but I was given a shirt, a vest, a bag and other items. Our event was also a charity event with the recipient being Spinal cord injury research. So please don't tell me I'm being negative. I've also volunteered at other events, like Miles for the Giant and the Dragon Boat festival. I have never been asked to pay.
5/30/2014 3:58:55 PM
TbaysFinest says:
This is typical Thunder Bay citizens, something great happens in the city and all people do is complain about it. We are complaining about $35 dollars? REALLY! I am sure the volunteers will be more then componsated for their $35 throughout the 4 day event. Soon Thunder Bay will be known as the Whinniest city in Canada and nothing will come here and everyone can stay home and stare at the walls of their house. If you do not want to pay the $35 to volunteer then don't, stay home, but there is no reson to complain about it.
5/30/2014 10:40:02 AM
Bienriff says:
I hear people complaining about paying to volunteer,that is cheap, for those that volunteered for the Nordics paid a lot more than that well over $100. Most tournaments of this nature you pay that and more some as high as $50. You get a great Golf Shirt, hat or visor, pack bag, food and beverages, Wind-up party plus more. You must remember that this is also a Charity fund raiser that supports our community. Sign up, come out and have fun.
5/30/2014 10:43:14 AM
MOMOF2GREATKIDS says:
it is ridiculous to ask the volunteers to pay... most of them will probably be high school students and to some 35 bucks is a lot of money... sad really
5/30/2014 11:09:07 AM
Robert Bob says:
Gee I thought the "FEE" was charged upfront to insure the volunteer's would show up. A good way to make some Cash is to Caddy and enjoy a nice walk around White Water. Its a good way to kill off 5-6 hrs a day. Plus you will get premium parking access.
5/30/2014 11:20:56 AM
dockboy says:
TbayFinest: That bears repeating.
5/30/2014 12:41:45 PM
nanoo says:
My foster daughter wanted to volunteer for this, she is in high school and needs the volunteer hours.. $35 is totally ridiculous!there are plenty of other organizations who appreciate volunteers and will let them do so for FREE..
5/30/2014 5:10:25 PM
dynamiter says:
The PGA Tour has been able to stockpile $700 million dollars on which it hasn’t had to pay taxes. And what’s more, most individual tournaments are run as public charities. Together, that means lots of tax breaks to support lavish tournaments awarding millions to professional golfers. The tournaments themselves that are tax-exempt charities under the PGA Tour brand, with some of those also not paying sales tax. On average, 16% of the spending "goes to charitable grants or services," which is "far below" the recommended 65%.
5/30/2014 5:55:28 PM
Ygnacio says:
And the $35 dollar fee is for???????
5/30/2014 9:50:40 PM
cip says:
Each volunteer gets a tshirt, a hat, a bag, food while on shift, free parking while on shift AND 2 free passes to enjoy the event when not on shift…. $35 is a steal of a deal. When you look at the volunteer page it states this very clearly
6/2/2014 8:44:22 AM
Rach M says:
If the fee is what is stopping you from volunteering with this exciting new event, St. Joseph's Foundation is also involved and is looking for volunteers to assist in parking. Visit www.sjftb.net!
6/2/2014 10:21:30 AM
spooner19 says:
For people who are trying to justify the fee being for a crappy t-shirt, wind up party, free access to the event is just stupidity! I am glad people in Thunder Bay have more brains in there head and will not pay a fee to volunteer there time. Are these people that arrogant that they think people will line up with 35.00 in hand so they can volunteer there time at this event? Give your head a shake this is nothing more than greed many of the volunteers would be students that don't have 35.00 to throw away for your event. Good luck hope it goes well.
6/7/2014 7:56:10 AM
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