From left, celebrating the success of the tournament, are: Long View branch manager Jeff Mathews; Long View sales director-Canada Andrew Bentley; Long View enterprise sales manager Oscar Perez; Give A Mile founder Kevin Crowe; Long View founder and executive chairman Don Bialik; Long View CEO Gord Mawhinney; and Kent MacDonald, Long View vice-president.
Charitable crowdfunding website Give a Mile is hitting new heights thanks to the annual Long View Charity Golf Tournament held at the Glencoe Golf and Country Club during Stampede week.
Through tournament proceeds, partner donations and Long View fund matching, $21,924 was raised for the unique non-profit that facilitates compassion flights.
Give A Mile was founded by Kevin Crowe, who also happens to be a long-term employee at Long View, one of North America’s most powerful providers of Hybrid IT solutions. The crowdfunding website enables people to make micro-donations using travel loyalty points, enabling people to visit terminally ill friends or family.
“Give A Mile believes in the tangible outcome. You’re not giving to an organization; you’re giving to a specific person who’ll be getting on a plane to go support a loved one. And it’s a 100-per-cent donation model, with all your loyalty points going to a particular flight,” said Crowe.
Crowe created the charity after losing a close friend to brain cancer. He spent a lot of time visiting his friend in a hospice, which proved a powerful experience.
Calgary Flames alum and 1986 Stanley Cup finalist Perry Berezan was among those in attendance.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Bill Brooks is on vacation and will return next week.
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