A Hole in One for Our Community

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A leisurely day on the golf course, followed by a nice meal and some great prizes – all in good company – helped raise close to $40,000 in sponsorships and donations, at the 21st Annual Richmond Community Foundation Golf Tournament.

The event, held May 29th at Quilchena Golf & Country Club, was a fundraiser for both the Community Foundation and the Tourism Richmond Endowment Fund, which was established by Tourism Richmond with the Community Foundation in 2010.

Once the golf tournament had wrapped up, everyone involved in the event got together to in the clubhouse to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner complete with a customized pasta station.

A special sake barrel opening ceremony, hosted by D Way Beverage Inc., started the night off, bringing a taste of eastern culture to the evening.

The winners of the golf tournament were announced after dinner, with the first place team being presented with a trophy – although, you did not have to be a golfer to leave the night a winner. After a few hard fought battles, five dinner guests left with some amazing live auction packages, including a trip to Whitehorse, featuring dinner for two, a car rental, and an exclusive experience for two at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.

There was a raffle draw with great prizes donated by a diverse range of sponsors as well, which meant that people left with anything from gift certificates for restaurants to bottles of liquor, including a premium bottle of sake, donated by D Way Beverage Inc.

One of the most memorable moments of the night, however, was seeing the first recipient of Tourism Richmond’s Endowment Fund presented with his grant. This year, the fund was used to provide Ramon Ramirez with a mobility device to enable him to work as an adventure tour guide operator. Ramirez suffered from polio when he was young, which affected both of his legs. The grant will give him the opportunity to undertake tasks that would otherwise be impossible for him.

The Tourism Richmond Endowment Fund will continue to help those who, like Ramirez, are living with disabilities and want to work in the tourism industry, but first need either skill or equipment upgrades. It is one of nearly 50 endowment funds that the Richmond Community Fund currently manages.

Photo and Article by Amanda Oye