Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Little Tournament That Could!

Imagine less than 30 days before an annual event, that’s taken months to organize and prepare for, a sudden need to change venues happens! For 5 consecutive years, the Kids Hockey Advancement Society has held its annual Fundraising Golf Tournament at the Inglewood Golf and Curling Club. With the devastating June floods affecting Inglewood, the staff diligently did all they could to restore the links to their previous pristine quality; but alas, the damage to the back 9 was incredible and Inglewood had to shut it down for the remainder of the 2013 season.

Thankfully, Chestermere’s Lakeside Golf Club graciously stepped in, with little notice, and provided us with their venue for the event. Now imagine, for 8 months, the Kids Hockey Advancement Society has advertised the tournament at a specific venue, on a specific date, starting at a specific time… not only are we dealing with a location change, but now we have a date and time change as well! With a great amount of appreciation, every golfer committed to the tournament, prior to the changes reaffirmed their participation; and it turned out to be a glorious day, although maybe a little windy for some!

The Kids Hockey Advancement Society is proud to announce that we raised $21, 925 for KidSport Calgary that day. Despite the fact we had 17% less golfers this year; we increased our sponsorship donations and gladly wrote a cheque for $20,000. At our Live Auction, Tuck the KidSport Bear was sponsored for the year by the great staff of Professional Skate for $1,400, and will sit comfortably in KidSport Calgary’s Corporate office. Through our 50/50 ticket sales, the cash winner generously donated the funds back to KidSport.

With a tremendous amount of esteemed gratitude, the Kids Hockey Advancement Society would like to thank the Following:
The Golfers: For staying committed and attending the event even with the last minute changes!
Event Sponsor: Tucker Hockey; Rex Tucker
Co-Event Sponsor: Tourmaline Oil; Mike Rose
Gold Friends of the Society Sponsor: Dundee Wealth; Chris Heaman
Silver Friends of the Society Sponsors: Shaganappi GM; Gary Sartorio and Western Securities; Sean O’Connor
Hole-in-One Sponsors: The Co Operators, Dundee Wealth and Scotia Inspire; Arfan Devji, Chris Heaman and Ed Evans as well as The Investor’s Group; Mark DeJong
Cart Sponsor: Westcor Creations; Corey Molengraaf
Golf Ball Sponsor: SeisWare International; Murray Brack
Beer Hole Sponsors: RARE Oilfield Services; Rob Allendorf and Rob Gryba as well as Optimus US Real Estate Fund; Arthur Wong
Arrive Safe Sponsor: Valentine Volvo; Paul Valentine
Gold Hole Sponsor: Telsec; Kris Van Grieken
Silver Hole Sponsor: B. Dean & Associates; Simone Mersereau
Lunch Sponsor: Spolumbo’s; Tony Spoletini
Tournament Donors:
Aspen Properties; Liz Davis
Bank of Montreal; Robert Hayes
David Burton
Calgary Flames; Peter Hanlon
Calgary Hockey Magazine; Rob Suggitt
Paul & Betty Cammack
CIBC; Clint Buckler
Dundee Wealth; Chris Heaman
GPS Central; George Valentine
Hockey North America; James Kelly
Investor’s Group; Mark DeJong
Keith Nicholson
Vinson Pang
Bradley Pederson
Pre Pak Meats; Jim Hepburn
Professional Skate; Josh Esler
Rob Pryde
Tim Hortons; Richel Manning
Tom Raptis
UFA Co-Operative Ltd.; Tammy Mitchell
Michael White
Tim Woolley
Live Auction Donors:
Hockey Canada; Bob Nicholson
KidSport; Mark Kosak
KHAS; Rex Tucker
Molson Coors Canada; Travis Rhine
Pre Pak Meats; Jim Hepburn
Real Canadian Superstore (Deerfoot Meadows); Rick Froese
Stuart Olson Dominion Construction; Cheryl Ballerini
Tucker Hockey; Rex Tucker
WestJet; Fraser Neek
Michael White
Graphics & Signage Sponsor:
Bissett Resources; Russ Brown & Michael Valenzuela
Titan Mapping; Mohammed Hassoun
Printing Services:
Calgary Instant Printing; Quinn Mach and Amy Chan
KHAS Official Photographer; Murray Dejager
Master of Ceremonies:
Hamilton & Partners; Scott Coe – For the 6th Consecutive year you stepped up for us Scotty! Your charm and wit definitely entertained a tired bunch of golfers at the banquet!
Honored Guests:
Former NHL Player & Flames Radio Personality; Mike Rogers – Thanks Mike for taking the time to answer a few questions and entertaining us as our Live Auctioneer!
KidSport Ambassadors; Val & Sydney Hokanson – Thanks Ladies for sharing your story with us. Female Hockey Players Rock!
Inglewood Staff:
Head Pro; Jeff McGregor – Thanks Jeff, it’s been a great 5 years!
Lakeside Staff:
Owner; John Wilson
Food & Beverage; Stephanie & Brett Beninger
Head Pro; Jay MacLeod
To all of the Golf Course Staff, Marshals, Pro Shop Staff, Kitchen Staff and Servers, you all deserve a huge round of applause for all of the hard work and dedication to the Society in helping us provide a great event for our participants. Website Coordinator:
Critical Mass; Andrzej Milosz
Event Day Volunteers:
Barb and Jim Hepburn, Ashley Chartrand, Matt Heseltine, Mark Kosak, Chelsey Molengraaf, Lisa Parham, Sandie Smith, Brie Stangeland, Rex and Marcela Tucker, Michael White, Christine Walker and Ron Wong
Without your generous donation of time, the Tournament would not have run well, nor have been such a success!

Thanks again everyone for donating your time, dollars and energy to our worthy cause. Without your generosity our tournament wouldn’t be as successful as it’s been over the past six years.

In addition to the money donated to KidSport, the Kids Hockey Advancement Society will also be working on a pilot project this year with a Minor Hockey Association in Calgary, providing much needed funds towards the skating and skill development of its minor players. Should the project be successful, the Society plans on branching out to other Associations in the future, creating a greater skill development foundation for the kids playing at the grassroots level of hockey.

Mark your calendars, because the Society is already looking forward to next year’s tournament, scheduled for September 15th, 2014 at the Lakeside Golf Club in Chestermere. We plan on expanding our golfer capacity, increasing sponsorship and donating more funds; all the while having fun doing it!