Golf season in the Kootenays is in full swing and the Castlegar Hospice Society is inviting locals to hit the greens for a good cause.
On Sunday, June 25, the Goat and the Castlegar Hospice Society will host the Ninth Annual Classic Rock Classic at the Castlegar Golf Club. The golf tournament is a major fundraiser for the hospice society.
“It is our biggest fundraiser of the year and of course all of the funds raised stay right here in the community and help us provide essential health services in hospice care,” says Suzanne Lehbauer, executive director of the Castlegar Hospice Society.
Last year the Classic Rock Classic raised $9,000.
Registration for this year’s event is still open and will remain open right up until the day of the event.
“We prefer they register in advance, so we’re familiar with the numbers, but if someone decides at the last minute they can golf, they can just come up to the golf course and we’ll get them on a team,” says Lehbauer.
The cost to participate is $99 or $60 for Castlegar Golf Club members. Those interested can register online at castlegarhospice.org/annual-golf-tournament.
Lehbauer is also still looking for hole sponsors ($300) and one hole-in-one sponsor ($250), the cost of which includes entry and dinner.
The Fireside Inn is sponsoring a major prize for anyone who can hit a hole-in-one on the eighth hole — $10,000 — $5,000 of which will go to the hospice society and $5,000 of which will go to the golfer.
The event will also feature door prizes and a silent auction.
“We have a trip to the U.S. Open, a trip to the Indy 500, one week at a resort in Mexico, [and] two tickets to see Queen and Adam Lambert in Vancouver,” said Lehbauer.
The first three prizes will be part of the silent auction. The tickets to Queen and Adam Lambert will be raffled off in a draw with only 150 tickets, available for $10 each.
The hospice is still accepting donations for both the silent auction and door prizes.
Once the golf is done, participants can expect entertainment and “an authentic Greek dinner,” provided by the Nineteenth Hole.
“And of course we know it’s going to be authentic because it’s Florio [Vassilakakis],” says Lehbauer.
Those who don’t wish to golf can still attend the dinner. Tickets are $25.
The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and registration begins at 11 a.m.