This article was provided as a special to OBJ.Social from Gary Zed, CEO of Treehouse Family Advisory and chair of the Tremblant Charity Classic.
After a one-year hiatus, the Tremblant Charity Classic was back in full swing this summer.
Over the course of its 11-year history, the charity golf tournament has netted more than $1.6 million for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. It has also proven to be a premier golf event that showcases the best of what the Tremblant region has to offer, hosting guests at Le Maître de Mont-Tremblant golf club, followed by dinner, an after-party and an overnight stay at Hôtel Quintessence.
The event had added horsepower this year with Liza Mrak and her brother Michael Mrak, co-owners of Mark Motors Porsche, stepping into the driver's seat as the new presenting sponsor and doubling the field of foursomes with the addition of the Porsche Cup to the tournament. The winners of the Porsche Cup were David MacIntosh, Dave Seibel, and Josée Lacasse. They're all invited to the Canadian Finals, which takes place at Le Maître in Tremblant the weekend of September 27.
Long-time supporters were spotted in the latest fashions, both on (and in some cases off) the fairway, playing a round for the kids on a perfect day. Seen were long-time supporter and Solace president and CEO Les Rechan, 1251 Capital Group co-CEO Mike Wilson, Investment Partners Fund president James Maxwell, Monica Singhal from Richcraft Homes, as well as two-time Olympic skier Ryan Semple.
CLV Group, acknowledged at dinner for having supported the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa in excess of $2 million, brought out some of its long-ball hitters with Curt Millar, Dave McGahan and Oz Drewniak.
There were many opportunities to be competitive on the course with contests for longest drive, closest to the pin and a hole-in-one contest where one could have driven away with a lease on a Porsche.
Cottage life didn’t stop some guests from participating. Russ Jones, former CFO of Shopify, was called up from Calabogie to carry his playing partner Steve Gallant, who seemed to struggle with his short game this year!
The highlight of the evening was a fireside chat with Tolu Lawal, who grew up benefiting from the Club's free after-school and weekend programs for local children and youth. He now works with the non-profit organization while also enrolled in biomedical engineering at Carleton University. He captivated the entire crowd with his spontaneous and heartwarming replies to questions posed by moderator and board member Meredithe Rechan about his time at the Boys and Girls Club and how important it was for shaping his future.
A number of special guests joined the dinner, including Canadian skiing legend Erik Guay, French Ambassador Kareen Rispal, and Solace founder and director Craig Betts. He was sporting his Dolce & Gabbana track suit, which was at risk of being auctioned off for charity.
The auction, led by Ottawa auctioneer Ryan Watson, was lively. There were some spectacular items sold off that night in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, including a Fogo Island getaway for $6,000. (Curt Millar bought my own donation of a private salmon fishing retreat!) Ambassador Rispal donated a dinner for 20 people to be held at her official residence in Ottawa. It sold for $14,000 to the Mrak siblings.