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KELOWNA B.C. July 24, 2019 – The 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club on July 22rd saw 144 players “swinging for a great cause” – to give local children and families in need equal access to YMCA programs.

“We are so incredibly grateful that the tournament committee selected the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign as the recipient of the tournament proceeds and to the Kelowna Golf and Country Club for hosting,” exclaims Rhonda Zakala, VP of Fund Development. “Our communities are facing growing challenges — vulnerable families, unhealthy lifestyles and, with that, social isolation. This donation will provide financial assistance to low-income families so they can afford Y programs and child care.”

Along with the tournament’s three-year commitment to the Y, a three-year presenting sponsorship has been provided by Wilson M. Beck, a locally-owned general insurance brokerage.

“We had looked for some time to host a charity golf tournament but one important criteria was that proceeds would stay in the Okanagan. The YMCA is unique in that it ensures 100% of our dollars raised would stay in the community and equally important would help underprivileged children in need.” Steven Pavelich, WMB Managing Partner & Title Sponsor. We are honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of this event benefitting the Y.”

The sun shone on over 144 golfers hitting the greens on July 22, with support from 25 volunteers who helped host the event. Funds were contributed through sponsorships, donations of prizing, a raffle for a wall of 100 bottles of VQA award winning wines, 8 live auction items, dozens of silent auction items, and a portion of the golfers’ entry fee, resulting in over $75,000 raised for the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

“Our committee of volunteers were presented with several options for a beneficiary, which can be difficult to choose, as there are so many good causes and variety of needs in our community,” explains co-chair Dr. John Weisbeck. “We selected the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign due to the Y’s positive proven impact in our community. On behalf of my co-chair, Alli McNeill, and the entire committee we stand proud; able to announce these funds collected for this great cause.”