Hospice finds support on the links

Castlegar Hospice Society the beneficiary of fundraising gold tournament

Pictured from left: Castlegar Hospice Society Exec. Director Suzanne Lehbauer with lowest scoring team: Dustin Kingsep

The fundraising effort orchestrated by Mountain FM (now, the GOAT) on behalf of the Castlegar Hospice Society is pretty much a can’t miss kind of deal.

Hardcore golf fanatics are going to be keen for any number of excuses to tee off, and even folks who may play once or twice a year are likely to agree that time spent at the Castlegar Golf Club is tough to beat.

When the beneficiaries turn out to be the folks helped by the Castlegar Hospice Society, it has thankfully turned out to be well supported over the past half dozen years it’s been held.

This year the weather was perfect for the day-long event on June 22, and by the time the post-golf supper had been enjoyed and awards presented, it had filled the bill as the society’s major revenue generator of the five fundraisers it holds each year. “It’s always a great time for everyone who comes out,” said society executive director Suzanne Lehbauer after a hard-earned day off following the fun-yet-demanding tournament. With exact final figures unavailable as of Tuesday morning Lehbauer was able to disclose the amount raised to be in the neighbourhood of five to six thousand dollars.

The value of hospice is far-reaching. Hospice and palliative care is a priceless comfort for anyone and everyone when that time of need comes up for them.

Thanks to events like the golf tournament and others the future looks bright for the local hospice society. Property for a stand-alone facility (east of the Columbia Avenue Foresty offices) has been provided by the City of Castlegar and, according to Lehbauer, “we have a consultant working on getting the major capital funding for it right now.”

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