Twenty years of the airport community coming together in support of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and local children’s charities was celebrated at this year’s YVR Golf for Kids tournament.
Since 1991, the annual YVR Golf for Kids event has contributed more than $3 million to help children and families in British Columbia. This popular golf tournament brings together a close network of airport businesses and is supported by title sponsor Vancouver Airport Authority as well as Concord Pacific and Marquise Group as gold and bronze sponsors and The Vancouver Sun. Many airlines and airport businesses generously donate prizing for the gala auction and airport employees contribute hundreds of volunteer hours. In addition to the title sponsorship, Larry Berg, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority donated a further $20,000 in celebration of the milestone anniversary to benefit local children’s charities.
The event took place at the newly named QGolf Club (previously called Quilchena Golf and Country Club) on September 15th with 144 golfers taking to the fairways. The evening gala dinner and auction at the River Rock Casino and Resort was attended by 400 people with emcee Shanel Pratap from Global News and auctioneer Howard Blank of Great Canadian Casinos.
The popular silent and live auctions raised $260,000 from generous bids on unique items such as a Canuck jersey signed by the Stanley Cup final hockey team, a Langara Fishing Lodge vacation package, a full membership to QGolf Club, numerous hotel packages, and a record number of airline tickets. Other prizes were donated by Aldeasa Duty Free, Glentel, PCL, and many others.
As always, the Vancouver Canucks organization played a significant role in the festivities. Canuck players Mason Raymond, Maxim Lapierre and Cory Schneider were available for photos for a small donation to the charity.
The real stars of the events are always the children, families and the staff from Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Their stories and expressions of appreciation serve as a reminder of why YVR Golf for Kids began.
In the mid-1980's, a friendly golf challenge started between various YVR law enforcement officers. In 1991, two members of Canada Customs, Brian and Audrey Flagel lost their daughter Elise to cancer. In response, the airport community rallied together and changed the law enforcement tournament into a golf challenge and auction, with the proceeds to be donated to the Elise Flagel Foundation. Thus began YVR Golf for Kids Tournament.
To learn more about YVR Golf for Kids and how you can get involved, visit www.yvrgolfforkids.com.