The 20th Anniversary Charity Golf Classic was held June 6 at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton and was a huge success with golfers and sponsors raising money to buy medical equipment for six healthcare facilities in the region. The tournament is able to raise significant funds because of golfers who collect pledges, and business sponsors who cover the tournament costs. The Charity Golf Classic has purchased $1,471,000 worth of equipment in 20 years.
“This being our 20th anniversary made this year a special year, so we wanted to do a great job for our golfers, volunteers and sponsors,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation. “Some of our sponsors, golfers and volunteers have participated in every tournament; and that is just an amazing level of commitment and support for our local healthcare.”
“We like how this tournament is run, with the proceeds going to medical facilities throughout the health region, where many of our clients, customers and employees live” said Robyn Pflanzer of Cornerstone Credit Union. “Healthcare is a good cause, because eventually everyone will use the healthcare system, and when we need it we want good facilities and equipment.”
The business community provides great support for the charity Golf Classic with 34 businesses providing sponsorship and another 50 providing prizes. We are also very grateful to our volunteers; we had 23 volunteers out during the day of the tournament to make sure everything ran smoothly.
The top three fundraisers this year were:
1. Gene Krepakevich who raised $9,200;
2. Crystal Ochochinski who raised $5,760; and,
3. Ken Chyz who raised $5,300.
The top fundraising team was Kris Sapara, Deb Sapara, Dave Dutchshen and Brenda Serfling who raised $26,050.
The Health Foundation extends a very sincere thank you to each and every golfer for their tremendous efforts to raise funds to improve healthcare in our communities, and to the businesses who supported the event (see below).
A photo gallery of the tournament can be seen below.
Photo above: the Top Ten fundraisers (not in order) were, from the left: Gene Krepakevich, Derrick Larsen, Bernie Trischuk, Cathie Novak, Dave Dutcheshen, Diane Rusnak, Bill Prybylski, Crystal Ockochinski, Ross Fisher, Steve Procyshen and Ken Chyz.