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Golf Tournament crushes fundraising goal, raises $80,000 for children in need

Funds will go to Help Kids Grow Up

Four golf players pose with their clubs.
Four golf players pose with their clubs.

Variety of Ottawa’s 8th Annual Help Kids Grow Up Charity Golf Tournament absolutely crushed its fundraising goal for this year. This summer’s tournament presented by GAL Power, hosted nearly 144 golfers representing over 70 sponsoring organizations July 11th, 2017.  Participating golfers were granted the rare opportunity to play at the prestigious ClubLink Eagle Creek Golf Club in scenic Dunrobin, Ontario.

Despite the intermittent rain showers, players persevered through the ten on-course skill events including the chipping / putting contests, the longest drive, straightest drive, and even 4 hole-in-one contests with cash prizes to be won! Tournament highlights included; tall can beer sampling from the Bud Lite Girls, Bud Light on tap on-course (4Refuel), and the musical stylings of DJ Joel from Birdsong Entertainment that could be heard across the course.

Both Eagle Creek staff and tournament volunteers provided participants with HKGU’s unique brand of hospitality, while generous sponsors kept them fuelled throughout the day with breakfast (Vibra-Sil), lunch (CIBC Commercial Banking) and dinner buffet (Eaton & WESCO) accompanied by complimentary wine (DCT). There were numerous opportunities to network throughout the day including a post-tournament hospitality hour (Jim Peplinski Leasing) with complimentary draft beer and finger foods.

“Variety of Ottawa and Canadian Foundation for Children with AIDS (CFCA) will receive more than $80,000 in net proceeds to be used for critical children’s care programs.”

As if the day couldn’t get any better, all players received several complimentary registration gifts, had the opportunity to participate in the silent and live auctions, win donated raffle draw prizes with a total value of over $3,500, and crown the top foursome with the coveted top team award.

During the tournament banquet dinner Variety of Ottawa proudly presented a cheque to Children’s Wish for $10,000 towards funding their charitable initiatives.

Sponsor Commitment

This tournament is made possible by the tremendous support of GAL Power. They have made a 10-year commitment to raise over $680,000 through this event. GAL Power, one of Canada’s leading providers of power and temperature control rentals solutions has earned leadership status by consistently supplying high-performance generators over the past 30-years. Visit


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How Proceeds will be used

As a result of this year’s tournament, Variety of Ottawa and Canadian Foundation for Children with AIDS (CFCA) will receive more than $80,000 in net proceeds – an increase of $7,000 over 2016, to be used for critical children’s care programs. Over its first eight years, total sponsorship support from the HKGU tournament has now reached the $500,000 plateau. Variety of Ottawa will continue to support programs in partnership with CHEO, Children’s Wish, School Breakfast Programs and many other individual child support organizations and families. CFCA will continue to use its portion of the funds to expand AIDS relief programs in the sub-Saharan area of Africa, including building additional livestock and greenhouse programs to increase the nutrition levels of the communities that it supports.

Next year’s 9th Annual HKGU Charity Golf Tournament is Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at the Eagle Creek Golf Club.

Visit the tournament website for more info about this year’s event and plans for 2018 at Contact Bill Garbarino, tournament director, at for available sponsorship opportunities.

Thank you to our major sponsors:

Platinum level sponsors: Eaton & WESCO

Gold level sponsors:  CIBC, ClubLink, DCT, Jim Peplinski Leasing, OBJ, & Vibra- Sil

Silver level sponsors: Allan Snelling LLP, Algonquin College, Darcy McGee’s Bar & Grill / Orleans, 4Refuel, Gervais Towing, Hi-Power, KPMG, Leystone Financial Services & Great West Life, Max Bounty, OSEG, Rhodes & Williams, Safety House, Triangle Pump, & 2G Energy.

Thank you to our bronze level, tee box, prize sponsors and volunteers. See the complete list of sponsors on the HKGU tournament website sponsor section.