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Golf challenge supports Special Olympics for 31st year

AROOSTOOK COUNTY, Maine — The 31 st Annual Rene Cloukey Charity Challenge Golf Tournament occurred at to Aroostook County locations, the Limestone Country Club on July 13 and the Long Lake Country Club on July 14. 

The tournament featured four 9-hole scrambles that included 284 golfers.  Rene has directed the tournament over the last three decades with success and support by area businesses and participants.

All money the event raised over the past 31 years has gone to Special Olympics of Aroostook. This year, a single contributor donated $5,534. In all, the tournament has raised over $100,000 since its inception.

Rene presented the check to Steve Richard, representative of the Special Olympic Aroostook Area Management Team. 

Richard said, “Once again the Cloukey Charity Challenge has enabled us to organize and host in Presque Isle various events with quality equipment and sportswear for our athletes. Rene, volunteers, and tournament participants are vital to the success of our functions.”

Organizers reported that this was one of the more successful contribution years and the popularity of the event reaches beyond Aroostook County.

Aroostook County’s Special Olympics program was established nearly 40 years ago with

oversight by Central Aroostook Association and eventually grew to requiring its own organizing

committee. State agencies, municipalities, and school districts provide valuable resources and

strong volunteer involvement. Certified activities include track and field, aquatics, basketball,

and soccer.

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