By Bobinec, Greg on November 28, 2019.
Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open and Mackenzie Tour, PGA Tour Canada, presented $30,000 in donations to two Lethbridge groups Wednesday at Paradise Canyon Golf Resort.
Long-standing partner of the Open at Paradise Canyon, Lethbridge Family Services, who help provide volunteers for the event, was gifted $20,000 to go towards their programming to help families in the city.
“At every event across Canada, there are certain charitable partners and Lethbridge Family Services has been a charitable beneficiary for the last couple of years,” says Scott Pritchard, vice-president of Mackenzie PGA Tour Canada. “They have been a tremendous partner for this event, not only are they receiving funds from the event, but they are involved day-to-day and Michelle Gallucci has been a good supporter of the event. A significant number of our volunteer core has come from Lethbridge Family Services, so we are extremely proud to be associated and partnered with them and also help them in their efforts in the city here.”
For their efforts in hosting the tour in the city, Lethbridge Family Services will have some additional funding to go toward the renovation of their kitchen space which will improve the quality of programming they can offer to their clients.
“It is well received, greatly needed and will go a long way in developing the skills and the program capacity of our DaCapo program,” says Wendy Kalkan, board chair of LFS. “The money donated to Lethbridge Family Services from this event are being applied to the DaCapo renovations of the kitchen, which are utilized in programming for some of the most vulnerable members in our community. It will help them develop life skills, engage with their peers and supporters, and give them valuable skills that will see them through in their life.”
The University of Lethbridge also provides dozens of volunteers toward the tour stop in Lethbridge, and was gifted $10,000. Pritchard says the volunteers are much needed and appreciated for smooth operations of the event, as well as it is a good opportunity for students to gain some experience in professional event organizing.
“They are two tremendous partners and we look forward having them involved into the future,” says Pritchard. “The university has provided a number of volunteers to help out with the operation of the event which takes over 200 volunteers, and it also gives some of their students the opportunity to be up close and see what it is like to run a professional event.”
The Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open and Mackenzie Tour PGA Canada brought a lot of attention to the area. Pritchard says supportive organizations, individuals and the City of Lethbridge have provided great support over the last year, as well as for the upcoming tour stop.
“The City has been involved, we met with the City this morning to go through last year and to go through our plans for next year. I think we have seen some significant involvement not only from the City but the community,” says Pritchard. “Leaders like Doug McLaughlin, Brian Hancock, who have been involved in the past, Kim Gallucci, Wes Chapman, Ron Sakamoto, we have a really good list of individuals that have been involved in the event and the City has been a great partner. We are lucky to have support from the council and the mayor as well.”
The Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada’s 12 tournaments raised more than $1 million for charities in 2018, surpassing the million-dollar mark for the third consecutive season, bringing the total donated to charity since their 2013 launch to more than $4.1 million.
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