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Annual golf tourney to benefit Life'sWork

| Saturday, June 7, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A nonprofit organization that helps find jobs for people with obstacles that make it tough to find work will host a golf tournament Monday at Butler Country Club.

Life'sWork's 23rd annual Golf Invitational teams community members with former pro athletes for a day of golfing to benefit the Oakland-based nonprofit, which operates programs throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Life'sWork helps find jobs for people who have barriers to gainful employment, including persons with disabilities, single parents, at-risk youths and those who formerly received public assistance through various programs, marketing director Adam Cagle said.

“One of the most important things that every person deserves is the ability to support themselves and their family,” Cagle said. “At Life'sWork, anyone who faces a barrier to employment, we're going to help.”

Life'sWork operates training and support programs, including specialized training in areas like horticulture and computer processing, as well as programs to enhance skills that will be used in the workplace and vocational evaluations to help steer people toward careers best suited to their skills.

Cagle said the programs operated by Life'sWork benefit the entire community by keeping people off public assistance programs.

The annual golf outing has always been a successful fundraising event for the organization, he said.

“We do well every year, and we appreciate all the support from the local businesses,” he said, adding that donations from businesses help cover the operating cost of events like the golf outing.

Teams of four can register for the event and have the opportunity to have one of the participating celebrity athletes join their team, while celebrities last.

Cagle said multiple athletes were expected, including former Pirates players Sid Bream and Frank Thomas and former New York Jets linebacker Troy Benson.

The day's events will also include a putting contest, hole-in-one contest and an on-course-skills contest.

Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third place teams.

Registration for the outing will begin at 8:30 a.m. The event is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

Corinne Kennedy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7823 or ckennedy@tribweb.com.

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