When these two friends got together to talk about a fundraiser, they knew they wanted to do a golf tournament and both being animal lovers, they knew they wanted the Kelowna SPCA to be the recipient of the funds raised.
Alex Draper and Darryl Reuter, both long-time Kelowna residents and dog lovers, were having a couple of drinks one night when it all began.
“We went out to have a couple of drinks and catch up and by the end of the visit, we were planning a golf tournament for the Kelowna SPCA,” said Draper. “We called our friends at the local branch and the (general manager) at Sunset Ranch to start the planning.”
Reuter, a local realtor, called upon his friends and colleagues to support the event and secured some sponsorship, including a company out of Calgary called Castle Financial.
“I work closely with Brad, the owner of Castle Financial, and he was pleased to have the opportunity to be part of such a great event and great cause,” said Reuter.
Draper is no stranger to the Kelowna location as he has adopted his last three dogs from there and holds a special place in his heart for animals.
The pair decided to call the tournament Homes for Hounds, hoping to raise awareness about the many animals that are waiting to be adopted from the local shelter and to raise funds toward the $800,000 required by the SPCA branch here.
With a charity to support, a golf course to play on and a main sponsor, Draper and Reuter went about planning a great day of golf, which will include golfing on a championship golf course, drinks, food and many prizes to be won, including a hole in one car opportunity.
The event will happen this Friday, May 13, at the Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club. Registration will start at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.. There will be a buffet dinner served after golf, along with silent and live auctions, For more information, contact Alex Draper at 250-575-2400 or Darryl Reuter at 250- 868-2889.