Golfing for Good

On August 7 and 8, Yukoners will have not one, but two opportunities to tee up for great causes.

On Friday night, Special Olympics Yukon is holding its annual Golf Gala at Meadow Lakes Resort.

Always popular, the event once again has a packed roster of golfers.

“We are completely full,” explained an enthusiastic Serge Michaud, executive director for Special Olympics Yukon.

Michaud says he’s not surprised by the ongoing interest in the tournament considering you get to play golf and enjoy a great meal, all while raising money for a great cause.

In addition to the golf and banquet, a silent auction is held to raise funds for the organization.

The Golf Gala comes on the heals of the very successful second annual Developmental Games held last month, in Whitehorse, and the seven medals won by Team Yukon at the B.C. provincials in July.

On Saturday, the annual Bob Park Memorial Golf Tournament is being held at Mountain View Golf Club.

In its third year, the course is a fundraiser for cancer and a chance to remember Bob Park, who passed away in 2006 from pancreatic cancer.

“He was a young man who, sadly, died very quickly from the disease,” said Marjorie Rogers, regional manager for the Canadian Cancer Society in the Yukon.

“This tournament is really to celebrate his life and the strong connection he had with the community, but also to raise money to research the terrible disease that took his life.”

In the tournament’s previous two years, Rogers estimates the event has raised close to $15,000.

“That’s money that stays in the Yukon and goes to Yukoners with cancer, paying for their flights down south and other costs associated with the disease,” said Rogers.

“A portion of the money also goes to the research pot, specifically toward researching pancreatic cancer.”

Rogers says Mountain View Golf Club and Park’s former bar, The Roadhouse, are major sponsors of the event and a big part of its continued success with the 144 spots expected to be filled.

“He had so many fond memories, here in Whitehorse, so it is great to be able to have this for his family and friends.”

Those interested in playing in the Bob Park Memorial are asked to contact The Roadhouse, Mountain View Golf Club or the Canadian Cancer Society Yukon office.

As for the Special Olympics Golf Gala, spots are completely full; however, those interested in volunteering with the organization can call 668-6511.

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