New Brighton golf tourney to help local kids

New Brighton’s Community Partners with Youth (CPY) is sponsoring a golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, June 22 at Brightwood Hills Golf Course to help support the organization’s summer and fall programs.

Golfers who are interested in participating are encouraged to form a foursome to play nine holes at Brightwood Hills. Each golfer would be responsible for finding $100 in sponsorship for their round.

Registration will begin at noon over lunch with the tournament following at 1 p.m. Teams of four will compete over nine holes for prizes and the chance to compete in the hole-in-one contest for a new car.

The $100 sponsorship each golfer provides to the charity will include lunch, a T-shirt, a golfer’s goodie bag, nine holes of golf, prizes and a raffle ticket for the Ball Drop.

The Golf Ball Drop will start at 4 p.m. when 2,000 golf balls are dropped from a cherry picker. The person whose golf ball goes into the hole, or comes closest will receive 20 percent of the prize money. Balls start at $10 each, but can be purchased for three for $25 or five for $40.

There will also be a carnival on site from 1-4 p.m. with concession stands with family-friendly prices that will include food, games and face painting for the kids, as well as a visit from Minnesota Wild mascot Nordy.

Community Partners with Youth

CPY is a non-profit organization established in 1997 by community leaders and parents. The organization supports families in the New Brighton area by providing supervision and direction for youth through after-school, holiday and summer enrichment programs.

Many of the children CPY supports lead challenging, at-risk lives. CPY Executive Director Mary Stewart says over the years the program has dramatically decreased juvenile crime rates in the city. The organization relies on donations and space from local partners, including Christ the King Lutheran Church, Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, the city of New Brighton, Mounds View Public Schools, area businesses and individual supporters.

“They’ve really earned their keep in New Brighton,” New Brighton’s Director of Public Safety Bob Jacobson says. “CPY has been around since the 1990s and have been key in reducing juvenile crime in the city.”

Jacobson says in the early aughts the city had a large uptick in juvenile crimes, which centered on the Polynesian Village apartment complex in New Brighton.

CPY, he says, established onsite social services in the 364-unit complex and provided kids with positive role models, nutrition and got them involved in activities such as reading programs.

By 2004 Jacobson says calls to his department in the once troubled spot dropped by over 50 percent.

“CPY earned my admiration. They stepped up to start youth programs and filled a void by offering kids something to do,” he says.

He says the Polynesian apartments are now known as the Garden View apartments, which he says have been completely rejuvenated under new management.

“It’s a great community now with good management onsite,” he says. “CPY made a great impact on crime and disorder in the community.”

The program continues to grow and has garnered the support of many civic leaders, educators, churches and businesses.

“A lot of partners have stepped up to make the program continue to thrive,” Christ the King Lutheran Church Communications Coordinator Carrie Gubsch says. “We’ve had a lot of young people who have benefitted from the program return to work with CPY.”

Proceeds from the golf tournament will go toward funding CPY summer and fall youth programs.

Stewart encourages golfers and non-golfers to come participate and have a little fun at the event.

“This will be a fun, family-friendly event for everyone in the community, whether they golf or not,” she says. “It brings the community together for a good event that benefits a great cause.”

To sign up, get more details and receive your sponsorship sign-up sheet, contact CPY at or 651-633-6464.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at or 651-748-7824.

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