Golf tourney lucrative for Castlegar Hospice

About 80 people registered to take part in the golf tournament. - Robson Fletcher photo
About 80 people registered to take part in the golf tournament.
— image credit: Robson Fletcher photo

Early counts of money raised at the Mountain FM Classic Rock Classic for Castlegar Hospice are pointing to success for the fundraiser.

The golf tournament, held on Sunday at the Castlegar Golf Club, has brought in around $5,000 so far for the Castlegar Hospice Society.

“It was a successful event,” Suzanne Lehbauer, executive director of the society said. “We’ll definitely do it again next year.”

Eighty golfers registered for the tournament and were treated to a dinner and live auction afterwards.

The biggest auction item, an autographed Led Zeppelin guitar, went to Florio Vassilakakis for an undisclosed amount.

“He got a real deal,” Lehbauer said.

In fact, all of the live auction items sold except for the signed Fleetwood Mac album.

“Thank you to Brian Miller and Pat Biln at the Castlegar Golf Club and Brian [deVooght] in the kitchen,” Lehbauer said. “The food was incredible.”

No one was able to win any of the three hole-in-one prizes – $10,000 cash, an African Safari or a new car – but that doesn’t mean they didn’t try.

“Someone apparently came within a foot,” Lehbauer said.

Next on the Castlegar Hospice Society’s agenda is flipping burgers during Canada Day celebrations at the Complex with help from Mayor Lawrence Chernoff. After that, they’ll be at the Kootenay Festival on July 16 selling hamburgers, hot dogs and possibly the society’s signature comfy cupcakes.

“I call them comfy cupcakes: a little bit of bliss for your soul,” Lehbauer said.

For more information on the Castlegar Hospice Society and to find out how you can donate, visit For more photos from the event see:

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