Tikinagan Child and Family Services' 10th annual Charity Golf Tournament raised more than $10,000 for the Mamow Oshki Pimagihowin Fire Relief Fund and families in need.
Twenty-two teams participated in the event, which took place Friday, September 2 the Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club.
"It was a nice day, perfect weather, and everyone left with a smile," said Tracy Houtz, Finance Manager at Tikinagan, who organized the tournament. “The funds we raise go towards helping families in the north who experience house fires. Last year we helped three families. This is why we keep doing this every year.”
Over the past years, the tournament has been raising the bar on funds generated. Five years ago, the event raised $6,500 while this year it raised $10,840. The tournament has generated more than $54,000 over the last 10 years, with this year being the most financially successful, Houtz noted.
In addition to entry fees for the 2016 tournament, money was raised by a putting contest that featured a 42” TV donated by Stan Tepner, won by Doug Pierce, as well as a closest-to-the-flagstick contest for two return airline tickets donated by Perimeter Air, won by Ryan Dasno.
Madsen GM sponsored several hole-in-one prizes, including a Chevy Cruze and Fairmount Golf Vacation. The prizes created excitement but there was no winner this year.
Twenty-five businesses sponsored the tournament with generous donations, including silent auction prizes such as a drone, fish finder, Dyson vacuum and two return Bearskin Air tickets.
Two teams tied this year for first place, with a score of 64. The winner was determined by doing a countback on the first 15 holes. The winning team was Alvin Crane, Jason Suprovich, Peter Musquash and Benson Love. The second place prize went to Gerson Agustin, Cody Colby, Don Farara and Christy McIntomney. First place prizes were jackets and four return airline tickets from Wasaya, and second place prizes were “swag” bags which included four $100 Canadian Tire gift cards.
During the tournament, Tikinagan’s staff association hosted a BBQ which raised $260 for the association and will go towards functions hosted by the group.
Following the tournament, a silent auction and steak dinner was held at the Club where participants were able to bid on items, eat dinner and await the presentation of prizes won throughout the day.
"A big thank you to Terry Baker, Doug Pierce and Shane Sakchekapo for helping make the event such a success,” Houtz adds.
In true spirit of our service model, Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin (everyone working together to raise our children), this tournament brought people together for a worthy cause. Tikinagan thanks all the participants and teams for helping make this year’s tournament another successful fundraising event for helping families in crises.