Thank you to the Kelowna community for helping us continue to support the BC Cancer Foundation and for helping us select this year’s GolfBC Championship secondary charity beneficiary!

While the BC Cancer Foundation remained as the tournament’s designated charity beneficiary and received a donation of $100,000, GolfBC also committed to direct a portion of this year’s donation to support a local charity or not-for-profit program that serves and benefits the Okanagan region. The Kelowna community was invited to help select this year’s secondary charity beneficiary, and after an overwhelming response of nominations and votes, it was announced at the closing ceremonies that the Central Okanagan Food Bank would be the recipient of a $50,000 donation.

“Philanthropy is a large focus for our companies, and with a total of $600,000 donated over the four years of the GolfBC Championship, we are proud to be one of the most charitable events on the Mackenzie Tour. On behalf of GolfBC and the Chan Family Foundation it is our honour to be awarding these cheques today to the BC Cancer Foundation and Central Okanagan Food Bank,” said Andy Hedley, Vice President of Golf Operations for GolfBC Group.

“We are overwhelmed by the support of the community to help us select this year’s secondary charity beneficiary. Over 3,000 votes were cast, and it is our pleasure to award the Central Okanagan Food Bank with a donation of $50,000”, said Rita Rennie, Director of Marketing at GolfBC Group.

“We are incredibly grateful to be the recipient of this year’s $50,000 donation from the GolfBC Group,” says Tammie Watson, Revenue Development Officer for the Central Okanagan Food Bank. “This donation couldn’t have come at a better time, and will enable us to continue to provide nutritional food for all those facing food insecurity, within our community, throughout the summer and into the fall months. We deeply thank everyone who voted for us, and the GolfBC Group for helping us create a healthy, hunger-free community.”

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GolfBC Group and the Chan Family Foundation

Giving back to the community through charitable initiatives has always been at the core of GolfBC Group and its charitable arm, the Chan Family Foundation. When GolfBC took on the role of Title Sponsor in 2016 at the GolfBC Championship, the charitable aspect of the event was a main priority.

Since the inaugural event, a total of $600,000 has been donated to charity through the GolfBC Championship, awarded to the BC Cancer Foundation (the tournament’s designated charity beneficiary) and the Red Cross Kelowna (2017 Flood Relief efforts) and the Central Okanagan Food Bank (2019). It was important to GolfBC and the Chan Family Foundation to direct the funds to help the Kelowna community, and we’re proud that the GolfBC Championship has directly supported the BC Cancer Foundation’s project towards improving PET/CT technology and accessibility in the Kelowna area, bringing the most advanced cancer diagnostic tool closer to patients in need.

About charity, the Mackenzie Tour, and the 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 Foundation, this event is now one of the most charitable on the Mackenzie Tour.

“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.”