Winter is finally beginning to release us from its icy grip and has spring officially arrived. Looking ahead to the coming season, Boating Business magazine is already making plans for the return of boating season.
Among its plans, on Tuesday, June 14, Canada's leading recreational marine trade publication will once again hold its fun-filled annual charity golf tournament at the Shawneeki Golf and Country Club in Sharon, Ontario. This will be the event's 11th consecutive year raising funds for marine charities. To date, the best-ball golf event has raised over $175,200 for praiseworthy marine charities.
"We're excited to welcome back industry members for this exceptional marine charity event,' says Tony Lepera, Boating Business' National Sales Manager. "Proceeds generated at the Boating Business Charity Golf Tournament have played a critical role in helping those in need to experience the therapeutic benefits offered by being out on the water. It is our aim to continue to build the momentum generated during last year's successful event.'
Last year's tournament winners tallied a team score of 60 on the par-72 course. The tournament championship winning team consisted of Mark Smid and Antoine Lejeuine, of GE Capital, Dave Mayhew of The Boat Warehouse, and Legend Boats' Jesse Davis.
For 2016, the event will once again raise proceeds for the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) – Lake Joseph Centre; and the Ontario Sailing Able Sail, Access BOOM Mobile Program.
Contributions to Ontario Sailing's Access BOOM Mobile Program has helped the organization grow its fleet of special Access Dinghies, specially designed to meet the needs of sailors with physical and cognitive disabilities. The Ontario-based program enables participants to safely enjoy the fun of sailing alongside certified instructors.
Support for CNIB goes towards the operation of the charity's Lake Joseph Centre in MacTier, Ontario. Here the group helps partially sighted or blind children and youth to enjoy the complete summer camping experience, including swimming, canoeing, power boating, kayaking, sailing, cycling and simply sitting around the campfire.
How the Industry Can Help
In addition to registrations and donations, charity funds are raised through live auction prize items donated by our attendees and partners. If your organization is willing and able to support these noble causes, please contact Liz Hanna ((289) 293-0640). There will also be a number of highly visible sponsorship opportunities during the event, including themed challenge holes, goodie bags as well as the tournament's lunch and dinner.
Last year, our tournament marked its 10th anniversary alongside 106 members of the recreational marine industry. Participants included representatives from just about every segment of our industry, and this year will prove no different.
Those wishing to participate can register for $175 (+tax) per person. The rate includes an 18-hole round of golf, participation in all special contest holes, a cart, one mulligan, lunch and dinner. Register your foursome by contacting Liz Hanna at (289) 293-0640. If you don't have a team of four, our staff will help arrange one for you.