Golf Gala raises more than $300,000 for Community Foundation

 

 
 
 
 
Terry Fretz, George Love, Paul Drake and interim CEO of Calgary Co-op, Ken Woo at the Calgary Co-op Charity Golf Gala held at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary on June 3.
 
 

Terry Fretz, George Love, Paul Drake and interim CEO of Calgary Co-op, Ken Woo at the Calgary Co-op Charity Golf Gala held at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary on June 3.

Photograph by: Adrian Shellard, Calgary Herald

Golf season has kicked off with a bang and there are seemingly tournaments on a daily basis. Thankfully for the not-for-profit sector, many tourneys are charitable in nature and this year will see millions of dollars raised for myriad charities.

The 21st anniversary of the Calgary Co-op Charity Golf Gala saw more than $300,000 raised for the Co-op Community Foundation which was officially launched in February 2012. Over the past 21 years, the tournament has raised over $4.4 million, which has all been re-invested in the Calgary community.

“This event is a great example of what it means to be a part of the community,” said Laura Babin, Director of the Co-op Community Foundation. “We have a long history with this event and the funds raised help elevate and build meaningful partnerships. Plus, the event itself engages our employees who all have a strong affinity towards philanthropic initiatives.”

Organizations benefiting from the generosity of the foundation over the years include the likes of: Alberta Children’s Hospital; Brown Bagging 4 Calgary’s Kids; Calgary Public Library; Calgary Drop-In Shelter; Calgary Food Bank; Airdrie and Wheatland County food banks; Kerby Centre; Accessible Housing Society; Calgary EMS Medic Moose; Enviros Wilderness School; Calgary Drop-In & Rehab; Ronald McDonald House; and the Calgary Zoo, to name but a few. This year, funds raised were shared among: Mustard Seed; YWCA; Habitat for Humanity; EMS Foundation; Meals on Wheels; and MRU Kids University.

Golfers gathered June 3 at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino for the pre-tournament registration gala which featured super silent auction items and food and wine stations serving many of Co-op’s exclusive products. Suppliers and partners supporting the gala and golf tournament included: Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals; Advantage Sales and Marketing; the Calgary Flames; Coca-Cola; Jack Links/Cytosport; Johnson Inc.; McKesson Canada; and Saputo.

Guests in attendance at the gala are pictured at right.

 
 
 
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Terry Fretz, George Love, Paul Drake and interim CEO of Calgary Co-op, Ken Woo at the Calgary Co-op Charity Golf Gala held at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary on June 3.
 

Terry Fretz, George Love, Paul Drake and interim CEO of Calgary Co-op, Ken Woo at the Calgary Co-op Charity Golf Gala held at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary on June 3.

Photograph by: Adrian Shellard, Calgary Herald

 
Terry Fretz, George Love, Paul Drake and interim CEO of Calgary Co-op, Ken Woo at the Calgary Co-op Charity Golf Gala held at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary on June 3.
Lyle Larson, John Politopoulos and Dan Ellis.
Mark Dumont, Jack Rogers, Shawn Jacks, and Dan Bruinooge.
Terry Anderson, Joan Walker, and David Zaleschuk.
Penny Penner and Dave Burrows.
May Chaaya and Lorne Kemp.
MT Charuk, Tobin Rooney, and Brenda Kidd.
Laura Babin
Richard Finlay, Travis Rhine and Eric Van Dam.
Doug Stone, Dennis Mustapic and Lloyd Bazay.
Barb and Knud Thisted are joined by Pat Tuttle and Tim Lynn.
Ken White, Hayley Swartz, Ryan Kerr and Bryan Reynolds.
Mark Gorchynski, and Nick and Jerry Geib.
Kim and Jeff Ambrose join Onanta Forbes.
Representatives for Sleeman Breweries; Erin Harvey, Lyndsay Chant, Mike Armstrong, and Jaylene Holder.
Jim Riege, along with Pauline and Doug Scott.
Representatives for Coca-Cola: Hayley Swartz, Bryan Reynolds, and Sandy Bodie.
Dan Robbins and brand ambassador for Big Rock, Sara Unruh.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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