Kelowna Rotary fundraiser to help food bank

FortisBC Rotary Pro-Am golf tournament set for The Harvest on May 15

One of the most successful fundraising events in Kelowna returns to the Harvest Golf Club links Tuesday, May 15.

The 2018 FortisBC Rotary Pro-Am Golf Tournament will feature a mix of pro golfers playing for a winner’s purse of $15,000, along with amateur players representing a cross-section of local business and professional people.

“Our tournament is an excellent example of individuals and organizations coming together in the spirit of teamwork to help fund our Rotary initiatives,” said Christine Patton, chair of this year’s tournament.

Last year, a significant portion of the funds raised supported the building and outfitting of a commercial kitchen at Freedom’s Door, a local non-profit recovery home for male addicts.

In the past, the tournament has enabled Rotary, which has eight clubs in Kelowna, to secure funds for scholarships, Kelowna General Hospital health programs, the Salvation Army, youth programs, education/literacy programs and many others.

This year, Rotary plans to direct a large portion of the funds generated to support the the Central Okanagan Food Bank for needed capital projects at the organization’s new location on Enterprise Way.

Doug Stout, vice-president of market development with FortisBC, said Rotary’s mission to give back to the community— service above self is the service organization’s motto—aligns with the utility’s desire to give back to those in need.

“It’s always a challenge from our perspective as there are so many different organizations out there with worthy causes and issues, so we try to spread ourselves around the province as best we can,” Stout said.

“The tournament is a fun event to be a part of but we also see how hard Rotary works at this, the volunteer hours that are put in by Rotarians to ensure the money raised goes back to the community.”

Kelowna lawyer Dominic Petraroia, with tournament sponsor legal firm Farris, Vaughn LLP, said area residents are blessed to be living in the Okanagan Valley, and Kelowna in particular, but our good fortunate should not be taken for granted.

“Giving back is our way of saying thanks and to help make our part of the world a little better for others in need,” Petraroia said.

“And from what I’ve seen, Rotary is all about service to others. They walk the talk. The pro am golf tournament is exceptionally well run and contributes significant donations back to the community. And they spread the money around year after year to help many worthy charities.”

Jonathan Friesen, CEO of tournament sponsor Mission Group, said he hopes their Kelowna-based land development firm can reflect the same values of giving a hand up to people in need across the community as illustrated by Kelowna Rotary’s conviction of purpose.

“When we take care of people in need, our community is a better place to live for everyone,” Friesen said.

Catherine Bradley, account executive with Compugen Inc., said the high-tech service firm’s partnership with FortisBC led them to sign on as a tournament sponsor for what will be the fourth consecutive year.

“We find that those people who participate in the tournament are stepping up to the tee box because they really want to be part of the event and support Rotary’s desire to give back to their community,” Bradley said.

To report a typo, email:



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

West Kelowna candidates discuss new city hall

This week learn about how your candidates feel about a new city hall in West Kelowna

Science teachers converge on Kelowna for conference

Exposing new instructional classroom tools for science teachers

Okanagan competitors to be featured in arm wrestling documentary

Arm Nation, featuring competitions from Kelowna and Penticton, will air on Oct. 20 on APTN

Former Vernon man guilty of Japanese exchange student’s murder

Natsumi Kogawa was found at empty heritage mansion shortly after she was reported missing in 2016

West Kelowna high school teacher faces sexual assault charges

A Mount Boucherie teacher has been charged with child luring, sexual exploitation and sexual assault

Cough cough: Kelowna MLA gets flu shot to prep for the cold season

Steve Thomson got his flu shot from Lakeside Medicine Centre Friday

Watch it again: Kelowna mayoral candidates square off

Missing the LIVE Kelowna mayoral debate watch now

Enbridge aims for mid-November to finish B.C. pipeline repair after blast

A natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned near Prince George caused an explosion and fireball

How to get government cheques if Canada Post staff go on strike

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said members could go on rotating strikes as early as Monday

Anti-SOGI school trustee files defamation lawsuit against BCTF president

Barry Neufeld says Glen Hansman’s words caused him “indignity,” “personal harassment,” and “anxiety”

Ocean ‘blob’ returns to B.C.’s North Coast

A 2,000 kilometre patch of warm ocean water could signal a warm winter in Prince Rupert

Pot sales down by nearly 70% on Day 2 of legalization in B.C.

Several products on BC Cannabis Store are still sold out

B.C. man accused of killing Belgian tourist along Highway 1 appears in court

Sean McKenzie, 27, made second court appearance since his arrest in connection with the murder of Amelie Sakkalis

Colourfully named cannabis products appeal to youth, Tory health critic says

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says the Liberal government needs to do more to ensure cannabis products available online are not enticing to young people

Most Read