The partnership between the Deputy Sheriff's Association of Chautauqua County and the Child Advocacy Program extends far beyond CAP's physical walls.
DSACC announced that last year at its 11th annual Charity Golf Classic at Maplehurst Country Club, $4,200 was raised for the Child Advocacy Program. According to Randy Boland, a Sheriff's Department investigator and organizer of the tournament, the event was created to give back to worthy local organizations - and helping CAP to aid the victims of child abuse is about as worthy as it can get.
''We believe CAP is very beneficial to the community, and with that in mind there is not a lot of money out there supporting agencies like this,'' Boland said. ''We feel as though our money is very well-donated to a place like this.''
Randy Boland, right, of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Chautauqua County, is seen at last year’s DSACC Charity Golf Classic at Maplehurst Country Club with representatives from event sponsor Kia of Jamestown. The 11th annual tournament raised $4,200 for the Child Advocacy Program.
Last year's tournament marked the third consecutive year DSACC had used the event to raise money for the Child Advocacy Program. In 2010, the event raised $2,500 for the program.
The annual tournament is open to all public safety employees in Chautauqua County, and Boland said that nearly every department in the county was represented at last year's event.
''Anything from firemen to policemen to any public servant,'' he said. ''It's been very successful for many years, and it sells out every year.''
Larry Klajbor, DSACC president, said that in addition to donations that are made by golfers in the tournament, a great deal of money is raised through sponsors who make the event possible each year. Among longtime sponsors of the event are Peek'n Peak, Arthur R. Gren Co., Seneca Gaming Corp., Cummins, DFT Technologies and Maplehurst Country Club. Numerous area businesses also chip in to sponsor holes each year, Boland added.
''There are a lot of people who donate,'' Boland said. ''They are who really make this tournament a success.''
CAP is a not-for-profit agency that brings law enforcement, prosecution and child protective services together to conduct a joint forensic interview for children alleged to be victims of physical or sexual abuse. CAP also provides advocacy, medical and counseling services to children and their non-offending family members.
Jana McDermott, CAP's executive director, said that the donation from DSACC would be put to good use toward the organization's mission.
''It's a real great support to the Child Advocacy Program to get a donation of this size,'' she said.