Junior Achievement of Maine’s
Annual Aroostook Golf Classic
Presque Isle, ME – Junior Achievement's Annual Aroostook Golf Classic took place on Thursday, August 15th at the Presque Isle Country Club.
Each summer, JA advocates Mark Wilcox of Dead River Company and Steve St. Pierre of KeyBank help organize an exciting golf scramble where local teams compete for prizes, while supporting JA programming. This year, three members of the JA of Maine team went on an adventure to Northern Maine to help run the event and network with local supporters - and what a beautiful journey to the County it was!
In addition to being an exciting networking event and day on the course, the JA Aroostook Golf Classic is one of JA's most important fundraising events. Sponsor support allows us to provide free work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy programs to nearly 15,700 Kindergarten-12th grade students throughout the state of Maine, helping bridge the gap between school and workforce.
"Traveling to Presque Isle always reminds me of how beautiful and diverse our state is," JA Maine Director of Operations Jill Jamison remarked. "From the ocean to rolling fields there is something for everyone. The drive is a long one, but well worth the time investment to visit with our friends in Aroostook County."
The team traveled to Presque Isle the night before the event to explore the area, and visited a local restaurant with Board Member Mark Wilcox, pictured here with his mother, Gloria, and his wife, Kim, who both volunteered at the event.
JA Maine President Michelle Anderson has deep ties to the area and welcomed the opportunity to visit, even bringing along her parents for the trip. "Having family roots in Aroostook County, I was excited for another trip to Aroostook County. My mom grew up in Presque Isle with her 7 siblings, all of whom moved away after high school. My parents joined in our adventure so my Mom could visit her old stomping grounds and catch up with classmates and friends who still live in the area." Michelle participated as a golfer in the tournament, alongside her dad, her cousin, and his son, pictured below.
"It gave me so much joy to see my Mom so happy to be visiting home and walking down memory lane. I was thrilled to golf with my cousin Kirk and his son Chris, who joined my dad and I during the tournament. The calmness and picturesque views are what I love most about Aroostook County (along with the amazing people!)."
JA Marketing & Events Coordinator Jenna Jeffrey joined on the trip, visiting Northern Maine for the first time. "Growing up in Southern Maine I've always wanted to explore more of our state, and this event was the perfect opportunity to visit Aroostook County. The feeling you have when you spend a few minutes talking with someone from the area is heartwarming, you can tell that everyone takes care of each other and is proud of their community. I'm looking forward to spending more time in the area. I was told about a number of places I missed out on, so another trip is in the works already!"
The tournament brought together 15 teams from the area, all donating money to Junior Achievement for the opportunity to golf together for the day. The event was sponsored by Dead River Company, and well as numerous other local businesses looking to support programming in the area. Last school year, JA programming impacted 15, 681 students in 174 schools with the help of 642 volunteers. To learn more about how to get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.