ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 30, 2012 – Great golf. Helping at-risk kids. Building wooden boats. They all come together on Monday, May 7, when the Sixth Annual Paul Weeks II Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Pohick Bay Regional Golf Course in Lorton, Virginia, to benefit the Alexandria Seaport Foundation.
Sign-in begins at 7:30 AM and runs through 8:15 AM with a scheduled 8:30 AM shotgun start in a four-man scramble format. Awards will be given for longest drive, closest to pin and first place team. A bar-b-que and awards ceremony follows. The cost is $115 per player or $440/foursome, and pre-registration is a must and can be done by going to www.alexandriaseaport.org (see center box) by April 30. Any questions may be directed to the Alexandria Seaport Foundation at 703-549-7078. Sponsorships are also available by contacting the Foundation.
Through the building and use of wooden boats, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, located on the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia, helps at-risk youth turn their lives around and provides families, community groups and schools with meaningful educational, social and recreational experiences. Full-time apprentices earn their GEDs and prepare for a career in the building trades. The latest additions to the program include vocational training in green construction, a summer program and an after-school program.
Weeks was the Foundation’s first executive director before his unexpected passing in 2006. Exceptionally smart and demanding, he was known for treating everyone with the same respect and full attention, and the Foundation’s programs and people benefited tremendously from his leadership. His love of boats became a force to transform lives adrift, which remains today at the core of the organization’s mission.
One of the boats recently constructed in the program, a 17-foot, four-passenger “Challenge Wherry” rowboat, will be raffled off. Designed after Grand Banks fishing dories, the sturdy boat is light enough to be car-topped and its Okume mahogany plywood and Atlantic yellow cedar construction make her a real head-turner on the water. To purchase raffle tickets in advance, call 703-549-7078.