Tournament honors founder

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This year's annual Reach for the Green golf tournament will raise money for mental health and honor a man who dedicated years to the cause.

Sponsored by Community Reach Center, a nonprofit organization in Adams County that provides mental health services, the tournament is dedicated to Don Ciancio, who died Feb. 14. Ciancio founded the tournament in 1980 in support of mental health and to honor his mother, Mary Ciancio, who was one of the founding supporters of Community Reach and a champion of mental health.

“This tournament brings people together who want to raise money for mental health for people who need it,” said Jeffrey Leavitt, Don Ciancio's grandson. “It's an honor for me to be involved with the it for so long, especially this year since it's a tribute to my grandfather.”

The tournament will be Sept. 10 at The Ranch Country Club, 11887 Tejon St. in Westminster. The goal of the tournament is to raise money and awareness for mental health. Deb Haviland, director of development for Community Reach, said one in four Americans will experience a mental-health condition every year, so Community Reach is dedicated to providing mental-health wellness to people of all ages, from all backgrounds.

“Mental-health conditions can strike anyone, any political affiliation, any gender or ethnicity,” she said. “So we focus on integrated care to allow for people to get back to living independently and reducing their need for more costly independent services.”

The Community Reach Center is partnering with Westminster Medical Clinic, and Haviland said the tournament will bring together individuals and team players, and offer several sponsorship opportunities. Last year the tournament raised more than $62,000; this year Haviland said she hopes to raise $75,000.

She said the tournament is a lot of fun with games and entertainment along the way.

“It's a great tournament for a great cause,” she said. “We help children, and we help families and adults. The center is providing health from the neck up.”

Those who don't play golf or are not interested in a sponsorship can still help the center by purchasing golf balls for the helicopter golf-ball drop or buy items from the online auction. The winner of the golf-ball drop will receive half of the money raised from the drop. The tournament will also include a lunch and dinner awards program.

For sponsorship, registration and basic information on the tournament, as well as access to the online auction, go online to www.communityreachcenter.org.

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