The upcoming GolfBC Championship in Kelowna will donate money to local flood relief.—Image Credit: Mackenzie Tour

Golf tourney giving money for Kelowna flood relief

GolfBC Championship says it will donate a ‘significant’ amount of its proceeds to Red Cross fund.

When the GolfBC Championship tees off at Gallagher’s Canyon June 12, the event will be about more than just who plays the best.

The organizers have announced a “significant” portion of the proceeds from this year’s event—which runs June 12 to 18—are going to be donated Red Cross Kelowna flood relief.

The Mackenzie Tour PGA Tour Canada GolfBC Championship made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

“We want to demonstrate our support for the community in this time of need by giving something back from the tournament and our title sponsor GolfBC,” said tournament director Hugh Vassos.

“As a professional golf tournament that relies on hundreds of volunteers, generous sponsors, and the support of thousands of golf fans; this is the right thing to do.”

Rita Rennie, GolfBC director of marketing said the fundamental belief upon which the Chan Family Foundation—GolfBC’s charitable arm—is built, is the spirit of giving back to the community and the importance of helping others.

“We are pleased to continue supporting the B.C. Cancer Foundation as the GolfBC Championship’s designated charity beneficiary, however with the devastation caused by the current flooding in the Kelowna area, we have decided to direct part proceeds of our fundraising initiatives at this year’s event to aid the Red Cross Kelowna flood relief efforts,” said Rennie.

Scott Pritchard, vice-president of the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada said the GolfBC Championship has made philanthropy a major priority and it has become one of the most charitable events on the Mackenzie Tour.

“So it’s no surprise they would want to direct funds to such a noble cause. It’s an important part of the Mackenzie Tour’s mission to make a positive impact in every community where we play and the GolfBC Championship is certainly establishing itself as a leader in this area.”