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Couples Golf tournament gives $1.5m to local charity

Published:Friday | February 15, 2013 | 12:00 AM
From left: Jim Smallins, Leonard Henry, general manager of Couples Tower Isle, Roberta Smallins and Paul Issa, deputy chairman of Couples Resorts, are caught on camera. Jim and Roberta from Wisconsin, USA, are multiple repeat visitors of Couples Tower Isle. - Winston Sill/ Freelance Photographer

Couples Ocho Rios and Couples Sans Souci celebrated their anniversaries - 35th and seventh, respectively - on the weekend of January 18-20, culminating in the 12th annual Couples Resorts Ocho Rios Charity Golf Tournament on Sunday, January 20 at the Upton Golf & Country Club.

This year's tournament raised J$1.5 million for Three Hills Primary School, Hamilton Mountain Basic School, and the Animal House shelter. To date, the tournaments have raised in excess of J$15 million for these and other local charities, including the donation and maintenance of an X-ray machine for the Port Maria Hospital, and outfitting an entire school with new desks and chairs.

A new basketball court and perimeter fencing will be provided for Three Hills Primary School with funds raised this year. Each year, the Animal House is able to continue its operations with the assistance of funds raised on its behalf.

The tournament was the brainchild of multiple repeat guests of the hotel, Gene and Jane Saks and Alan and Josie Kline, and is organised and hosted by Couples Resorts, under the direction of Alexandra Ghisays, group public relations director, Couples Resorts, and Sebert Walker, golf professional.

The tournament attracted 100 players, many of them local. The main sponsor was once again Digicel, represented by CEO Andy Thorburn and COO Richard Fraser. Other sponsors included Fraser Fontaine & Kong, General Accident, ICWI, Advantage General, West Indies Alliance and BCIC.