Golf BC raises $150,000 for charity with inaugural PGA of Canada event in Kelowna

The Mackenzie Tour raised $75,000 matched by GolfBC’s charitable arm, for a total of $150,000 awarded to the BC Cancer Foundation

The GolfBC Group announced on the weekend that a total of $150,000 was raised for charity at the inaugural GolfBC Championship held 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.”

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