Rotary club still looking for golf tournament participants

By on June 11, 2014

Participants are still needed for the Rotary Club of Osoyoos’ 11th annual golf tournament planned for Saturday, June 21.

“We’re hoping to have 124 golfers,” said Brian Rawlings, Rotary president. “We’re about 90 now.”

The Rotary in the Desert Golf Tournament is the club’s largest fundraiser, accounting for about 60 per cent of the funds raised by the club for its work in the community and abroad, Rawlings said.

The event is much more than a game of golf – there’s a dinner at the golf course, silent and live auctions and significant prizes.

“It’s a whole fun day,” Rawlings said. “Fun, fun, fun.”

Participants can join as teams or as individuals. For those joining as individuals, the club will find a suitable team for them, Rawlings added.

The entry fee is $130 for those who are not members of the Osoyoos Golf Club, $90 for those who are members, and $75 for members with a cart.

Among the local projects Rotary has contributed to recently are the Osoyoos Splash Park, the South Okanagan Medical Foundation and the Roots of Empathy program.

The medical foundation contribution has been for the purchase of hospital equipment and Roots of Empathy teaches life skills and empathy to schoolchildren.

“We support 17 local community groups,” said Rawlings.

The club is also taking on two international projects, one in South Africa and one in Honduras.

In addition to the golf tournament, Rotary also raises funds with its Lobster Fest in September and Cactus Jalopies in June.

Last year the Lobster Fest was cancelled due to lack of commitment, Rawlings said.

This year the tournament will include about $15,000 in prizes, mostly donated by local business. There are also three $10,000 hole-in-one prizes as well as other golfing prizes, he added.

For sponsorships, prize donation or registration, contact Brian Rawlings at 250-495-6560.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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