It was announced on May 31st that in addition to the BC Cancer Foundation, the GolfBC Championship’s charity beneficiary, a significant portion of the proceeds from the 2017 event will be directed to Red Cross Kelowna flood relief.
“We want to demonstrate our support for the community in this time of need by giving something back from the tournament and our title sponsor GolfBC. As a professional golf tournament that relies on hundreds of volunteers, generous sponsors, and the support of thousands of golf fans; this is the right thing to do,” said Tournament Director Hugh Vassos, adding “We are part of the community and making a significant donation to fight the flood is our way of helping Kelowna.”
Charity was the big winner at the 2016 GolfBC Championship
As with every Mackenzie Tour tournament, raising support for charity was a key priority for the event. Last year saw charitable donations by Mackenzie Tour events increase by 60.5%, rising to a total of more than $1-million given back since 2013.
The GolfBC Group is pleased to announce that a total of $150,000 was raised for the BC Cancer Foundation – the event’s designated charity beneficiary – at the inaugural GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club during event week of June 6-12, 2016.
With the help of generous donors, the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event raised $75,000 which was matched by the Chan Family Foundation, GolfBC’s charitable arm, for a total of $150,000 and awarded to the tournament’s designated charity, the BC Cancer Foundation.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the reception we received from golf fans in the Okanagan Valley, along with terrific sponsors and volunteers. We are especially happy about the tremendous contribution made to the BC Cancer Foundation with the outstanding support of GolfBC. The inaugural GolfBC Championship was a great success,” said Tournament Director Hugh Vassos.
“On behalf of GolfBC and the Chan Family Foundation it is our honour to be awarding this cheque today to the BC Cancer Foundation. I hope we can continue to build on this in the years ahead,” said Andy Hedley, Vice President of Golf Operations for GolfBC Group.
“It means so much to see participants, sponsors and the community rally around the BC Cancer Foundation to advance cancer care in our community. The impact on patients is significant. It’s this kind of philanthropy getting together with research that is making a difference for cancer patients today,” said Cynthia Waldek-Peters, Director of Development, BC Cancer Foundation.
“The goal of every Mackenzie Tour event is to create a positive impact in the communities where we play, and thanks to the hard work of the GolfBC Group, GolfBC Championship volunteers and Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club along with the generosity of the Chan Family, this donation will ensure the event makes a difference in people’s lives,” said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for the event’s first year, and we look forward to making an even greater impact for years to come.”
“The BC Cancer Foundation is honoured to be the benefitting charity of the GolfBC Championship,” said Lou Del Gobbo, Interim President & CEO, BC Cancer Foundation. “We know the funds from this tournament will go a long way in supporting the life-saving research taking place at the BC Cancer Agency, giving hope to over 26,000 British Columbians who will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone.”
“We are long-time supporters of the BC Cancer Foundation, and are thrilled to be working with them as the charitable beneficiary of the GolfBC Championship. On behalf of the Chan Family Foundation and GolfBC, I want to express our pride to be supporting such an important, community-serving cause through this exciting Mackenzie Tour event,” said Christian Chan, Trustee of the Chan Family Foundation, the charitable arm of GolfBC. “Giving back to the community is at the core of our family and company philosophy, and medical causes have always been an important focus for us. Along with the BC Cancer Foundation, we also work closely with Vancouver General Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and others. As such, we couldn’t be more pleased to be able to aid the important work being done in this arena through the GolfBC Championship.”