VICTORIA, BC – On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Corix held its 19th Annual Golf for Kids Charity Classic at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa in Victoria, BC. Over 186 participants played despite the overcast and rainy weather.
This year’s event raised an astounding $1 million, bringing the total funds raised over the tournament’s 19-year history to more than $5 million. Last year, the charity classic raised $700,000 to surpass the previous year’s record. The tournament was aiming for $800,000 this year.
“Hitting this milestone was beyond everyone’s wildest dreams. We’d announced $950,000, which is phenomenal,” said Dale Douglas, co-host for the Golf for Kids tournament and Vice President of Corporate Development at Corix. “Suddenly we were informed from guests on the floor that there was an additional $50,000 to make it an even $1 million. There was an outpouring of generous emotion on the floor, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the ongoing commitment and generosity of our sponsors, players, volunteers, and philanthropists.”
Making dreams come true
Once again Golf for Kids worked with its primary beneficiary, Help Fill a Dream Foundation, and $140,000 was raised during the evening banquet to fulfil the dreams of 14 kids. The dreams filled at this year’s event include a visit to the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, the San Diego Zoo, a Blue Jays game in Seattle, a new hospital bed, a trip to Universal Studios, and several trips to Disneyworld and Disneyland.
Andrei, a recipient of one of the dreams filled on the floor, kicked off the fundraising, donating $865.55 he had raised busking downtown doing handstands the night before. Three volunteers at the donation table pitched in $200 each to get one of the dreams to $10,000 so it could be filled.
“The people involved with Golf for Kids do it for all the right reasons,” said Dale Douglas. “They’re anonymous, there’s no recognition of them individually for what they do. That $140,000 raised on the floor came from donations from $100 to $10,000, and every donation comes straight from the heart.”
Based in Victoria, the Help Fill a Dream Foundation provides hope, help and happiness for Vancouver Island children with life-threatening conditions. Corix’s donation will help fund the foundation’s efforts to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences and support to children in need.
2017 by the Numbers
- Total amount raised this year: $1 million
- Total amount raised to date: $5.3 million
- Total number of golfers this year: 186
- Number of volunteers this year: 120
- Number of volunteer hours this year: 4000+
- Number of prize donors: Over 100
- Number of sponsors: Over 100
Supporting communities where we work and live
Funds raised are dedicated to local charities and programs including the Help Fill a Dream Foundation, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, the Arthritis Society, Scouts Canada, KidSport, Raise-a-Reader, Canucks Autism Network, and Victoria Hospitals Foundation.
Thank you to all our dedicated volunteers, sponsors, and participants
On behalf of Corix, a sincere thank you to everyone who donated their time, money, and expertise to help make this year’s Golf for Kids possible. With your unrelenting commitment, we are making a significant difference in the communities where we live and work.
2018 Dates and Sponsorship
The 2018 Golf for Kids Charity Classic will mark our 20th year raising money and awareness for BC kids in need and their families. The tournament will take place on September 8, 2018 at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa in Victoria, BC. To learn more about 2018 sponsorship opportunities or donations, contact Murray Stewart at Murray.Stewart@corix.com or Dale Douglas at Dale.Douglas@corix.com.
About Golf for Kids
The Golf for Kids Charity Classic, hosted by Corix, is an unparalleled event day filled with an amazing golfing experience, raffle draws, silent and live auctions, wonderful food, great companionship, and the biggest prize table on Vancouver Island. Over the past 19 years, the Golf for Kids Charity Classic has raised more than $5 million for local children’s charities. Visit www.golfforkids.net for a list of sponsors, beneficiaries, additional event details, images, and 2018 opportunities.
With over 100 years of experience, CORIX Group of Companies is a leading provider of sustainable utility infrastructure solutions across North America. Corix has over 2,200 employees operating in 6 provinces and 27 states. Corix is privately held, with the BC Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) as its primary owner. For more information, please visit www.corix.com.
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