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Local Golf Tournament Takes a Swing to Help Kids Grow Up


The 7th Annual Help Kids Grow Up (HKGU) Charity Golf Tournament presented by GAL Power was held July 19th at the prestigious Eagle Creek Golf Club. This year’s tournament hosted 144 golfers representing over 70 sponsoring organizations.

Golfers playing on this prestigious ClubLink course were treated to top class hospitality throughout the day from course staff and tournament volunteers. Numerous opportunities to network and re-kindle relationships were made available for the corporate leaders including breakfast (sponsored by Vibra- Sil), lunch (CIBC Commercial Banking) and dinner buffet with complimentary wine, (WESCO & EATON) in addition to a post-tournament hospitality hour (sponsored by ASCO) with complimentary draft beer and finger foods. 

Tournament highlights included: nine on-course skill events including the chipping and putting contests; top team award, and the “hole-in-two” event featuring Michael Michaelides, Re/Max World Long Drive Finalist (Charity Golf International). The Molson Coors Lite Girls sampled tall cans to the musical stylings of DJ Sash, while photographer Ricardo Boreka captured the day’s memories. All players received complimentary registration gifts and had the opportunity to participate in the silent and live auctions. Numerous lucky players won more than 60 raffle draw prizes with a total value of over $6,000 that were graciously donated by sponsors. 

As a result of this year’s tournament, Variety of Ottawa and Canadian Foundation for Children with AIDS (CFCA) will receive more than $75,000 in net proceeds, an increase of $9,000 over 2015 proceeds, to be used for critical children’s care programs. Over its first seven years, total sponsorship support from the HKGU tournament has now exceeded $405,000, with Variety of Ottawa committing $100,000 in funds from the tournament to CHEO for a new heart and lung machine. The 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. 


This tournament would not be possible without the support of GAL Power. They have made a 10-year commitment to raise more than $680,000 for the two children’s charities through the annual event. In the past 30-years, GAL Power has earned leadership status by consistently supplying high-performance generators. Visit 

Next year’s 8th Annual HKGU Charity Golf Tournament date and location will be posted on the tournament website by September 30, 2016




SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS: Allan Snelling LLP, Argue Construction, Atlas Copco, Algonquin College, Leystone Financial Services & Great West Life, Gervais Towing, Jim Peplinski Leasing, KPMG, Max Bounty, Myers Automotive Group, Rhodes & Williams, Soshal Group, Triangle Pump, 2G Energy, and VCM. 

Thank you to all of our BRONZE LEVELTEE BOX, and PRIZE sponsors. 

Contact Bill Garbarino, tournament director, at for sponsorship opportunities. For more information about the HKGU Tournament visit our website: