Contributed/South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation
June 14, 2015 - 10:52 AM
PENTICTON - Dozens of area women will be taking their best shot this summer as part of a $150,000 commitment to help equip the Patient Care Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.
The 19th annual Peach City Tees Up For Cancer ladies charity golf tournament will be held August 14 and 15 at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. Tourney organizers have pledged to donate $150,000 over five years to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation campaign.
The Foundation must raise $20 million for medical equipment in the new PRH tower which sees construction due to begin in early 2016.
Peggy Guest, chair of the tournament organizing committee, said Tees Up for Cancer began in 1997 by raising more than $10,000 for the PRH Oncology Department. Guest is confident Tees Up can achieve its latest goal, noting the 2014 tournament raised more than $32,000.
“Everyone knew the tower was in the planning stages,” she said. “So we decided at our first meeting this year, not only would we raise money for the tower, but we’d commit to raising $150,000 over five years.”
“We have a lot of faith in the ladies that are interested in golfing in this,” Guest said. “They’re there to have a really good time, but they also know it’s for a serious issue and we get a lot of support from them.”
Guest said up to 30 teams of four are expected to register for the best-ball scramble event, with a strong emphasis on fun.
A “construction zone” theme has been chosen for this year. Hard hats will be handed out for team photos and orange construction pylons will mark the tee boxes at each hole. Teams are encouraged to wear their own construction-related costumes as well.
Former LPGA professional A. J. Eathorne returns to her home course to act as emcee for the Saturday night dinner. Eathorne will also be taking an active role in the tourney, sending her powerful drives down the 14th fairway for each golfer who donates $5 to the fundraiser.
A number of community sponsors have come forward with silent auction items for Friday night and other prizes.
Guest said efforts are being made to attract golfers from throughout the South Okanagan-Similkameen, who will also benefit from the hospital expansion.
Registration for this year’s tourney is now underway. Contact the Penticton Golf and Country Club at 250-492-5626 or email Teesup@shaw.ca.
The cost is $115 per person for PGCC members and $160 for non-members. This includes two rounds of golf, a light supper on the Friday night and a full dinner on Saturday night.
A portion of the entry fee is a charitable donation to Tees Up For Cancer with an official tax receipt. Registrations will be accepted to just a few days prior to the tournament.
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