Golfing til you drop – for a great cause

Local resident aims to raise money and awareness for ALS by golfing as many holes as he can.

Florio Vassilakakis (far left) takes a brief time-out to pose for a picture with Nick Jmaeff (middle) and Scott Clifford of the Castlegar Golf Course. Vassilakakis is golfing as many holes as possible as part of a Golf-A-Thon to raise money and awareness for ALS.

Florio Vassilakakis (far left) takes a brief time-out to pose for a picture with Nick Jmaeff (middle) and Scott Clifford of the Castlegar Golf Course. Vassilakakis is golfing as many holes as possible as part of a Golf-A-Thon to raise money and awareness for ALS.

Getting up at 4 a.m. is hard for most of us, for a night club owner who’s used to going to bed at 2 or 3 a.m. that’s unheard of. However, Florio Vassalakakis, owner of Element Club Bar & Grill in Castlegar, getting up before the roosters is all worth it since it’s for such a great cause.

Vassalakakis is doing a one man golf-a-thon at the Castlegar Golf Course to raise awareness and money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“We’re raising money for ALS and raising awareness as well,” said Vassalakakis. “ALS organizes this whole event province wide and every golf course participates and raises money. Normally the course golf pro or assistants will partake. They’ve done it so many times in the past that they figured they’d give someone else a shot. I told them a couple of years ago that if they ever didn’t want to do it, I’d do it. So here we are.”

In total, Vassilakakis raised more than $1,200 for ALS.

“I would like to thank all my friends and family for all their support,” he said.