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Local construction company’s inaugural fundraising golf tournament will assist regional children’s charity
For the past eight years, Herb Wycherley and Len McLean have been business partners and good friends as co-owners of a local construction business.
With the help of their wives, Pat Wycherley and Kirsten McLean, they decided several weeks ago they wanted to “do something to give back to the community,” said Herb Wycherley.
In just over a month, they helped organize the inaugural H.W. McLean Construction Ltd. first annual Charity Golf Tournament.
Just under 70 golfers competed this past Saturday at the Osoyoos Golf Club and helped raise more than $8,000 for the South Okanagan Children’s Charity.
“We’re so very happy with the results and we want to thank everyone who came out and everyone who donated to this event,” said Kirsten McLean. “Everybody was so kind and generous … and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.”
Herb Wycherley said he and his business partner were sitting around after a day at work back in early August and the topic of raising money for a local charity was first discussed.
“We were just sitting around the table and we started talking about doing something to give back to the community,” he said. “The idea of a fundraising golf tournament came up and we took it from there.”
All participants were treated to 18 holes of golf, a dinner, silent auction and live auction.
With the assistance of their wives and co-operation from the staff at Osoyoos Golf Club, the fundraising tournament was put together in just over one month.
The response from the community was incredible, said Len McLean.
“To have this kind of response on such short notice is just amazing,” he said. “Not only did we get almost 70 golfers out, but the support from the local business community in donating items for our silent auction was incredible.”
The whole idea of the tournament was to raise funds for charity and that won’t change in coming years, said Herb Wycherley.
“All four of us are quite involved in the community and we decided let’s raise some serious coin for a worthy cause,” he said. “For our first year, we decided to assist the South Okanagan Children’s Charity, which will help kids in Osoyoos and across the South Okanagan, but we’ll be looking to help other worthy causes in the future.”
Pat Wycherley said the response from the community shows what a kind and caring community Osoyoos is.
“The response was almost overwhelming,” she said. “We have had tremendous support from our sub-trades and the community by donating great auction items. The support we got from the golfers, who are made up of our business contacts within the community and construction field, was so great.”
There’s no doubt the tournament will continue next year and will hopefully attract more golfers and raise more money for charity, said Len McLean.