December 14th, 2017

Gill memorial event nears fundraising goal

By Mabell, Dave on July 31, 2017.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald

After 10 years, it will be “mission accomplished.”

Funds raised through the John Gill Memorial Golf Tournament each year will become the endowment for a permanent scholarship program in his name. So this year’s event, on Sept. 1, will be the last.

“Raising funds for scholarships and building friendships along the way were very close to John’s heart,” says Tanya Gill.

A Crown prosecutor who served terms on the University of Lethbridge board and senate, Gill was also president of its alumni association. After his death 10 years ago while on vacation in Mexico, friends decided to create a scholarship fund in his memory.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received over the years in putting this tournament together, and raising the funds we have in support of student scholarships,” says Tanya Gill.

“We’re looking forward to celebrating John’s legacy at this final tournament by reaching our funding goal and endowing the scholarship fund in perpetuity.”

Each year, six U of L students will receive a $1,000 award.

The final tourney – a four-person, 18-hole open scramble – will be held at Paradise Canyon. The $200 entry fee includes a cart and dinner.

The event will coincide with the university’s Shine On Summer Festival, part of its 50-year celebrations, as well as the alumni homecoming weekend.

“Our alumni are fiercely proud of this university and they represent the U of L throughout the world,” says alumni president Michael Gabriel.

“They are out there making an impact on their communities every day, and I’m confident they will jump at the chance to come back and support this outstanding tournament and the future students will benefit from its legacy.”

Further details are available from the alumni office, or by phone at 403-317-2825.

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