Golfing ‘Fore’ Special Olympics
Prince George, B.C.- The annual Special Olympics Fundraising Golf Tournament is just days away.
“This is our 23rd year” says event organizer Jos Van Hage. “What is special about this tournament is that all of the money raised through our corporate donations goes directly to the Special Olympic Athletes.”
The event this year is set for Friday the 17th, with a shot gun start at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club at 1 p.m.
He says last year, the event raised $70 thousand dollars, “The success of last year’s event, has proven to us once again, how fortunate we are in Prince George to have such caring corporate citizens, who are always willing to participate in worthy endeavors. This golf tournament is our major fundraiser for our Prince George Special Olympians. Sponsoring this event gives our local athletes the opportunity to take part in sporting events, with their peers, in an environment that provides and promotes a safe and healthy lifestyle.”
The dollars raised will be used to buy uniforms and pay for transportation of Special Olympic Athletes to the various levels of competition. Last winter, the Special Olympics Winter Games were in Nova Scotia, and dollars were used to help those who made the provincial team head to the east coast for the competition.
Corporate sponsorship costs $1000, but anyone can take part in the tournament with a team of 4, with each member of that team paying $125. That entry fee covers the cost of the banquet at the end of the tournament.
There will also be a putting contest , live and silent auctions.
“Everyone’s a winner” says Van Hage, as funds are raised for Special Olympians, corporate donors get tax receipts, and all participants get a day of golf, a banquet and a prize.
More information on the event can be accessed by contacting Lucia Van Hage by email at Luciavanhage@gmail.com