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Press Release

Golf Marathon – 750 holes in 7.5 days, raising funds for The BC Hospitality Foundation

Published on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 (9:02 a.m.)

For Immediate Release

October 17, 2012 (Las Vegas) Four amateur golfers take to the links, golfing 36 holes most days, raising funds for the BC Hospitality Foundation Tip Out to Help Campaign. Canadians Jim Kennedy, Lyall May, Steve Zenone, and Mike Bryant have turned a golf getaway into a charity fundraiser.

Normally the fearsome foursome would golf one round each day, perhaps with a couple extra rounds thrown in. Calling themselves the “GoGolf 4 BCHF Team” they invite pledges and “tips” for their golfing endeavour. They have promised to golf 27 to 36 holes, daily, from October 20 to 27, 2012. Golfing at least 750 holes over the 7.5 days is the goal. Golfing 855 holes is booked. 900 plus holes – perhaps.

Kennedy says: “We love to golf. I can’t think of a better way to spend a week. Golfing for a cause, the BC Hospitality Foundation, definitely makes our week special. Golfing Las Vegas courses makes it wonderful. The Las Vegas weather the 3rd week of October is usually better than Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ”

The Las Vegas golf courses certainly think so. Several courses have chosen to support this foursome as they take to the links. One hundred percent of funds raised go to the BC Hospitality Foundation; the support of the Las Vegas golf courses allows them to golf more rounds in their charitable endeavour. OB Sports Golf Management, Par 4 Golf Management and the Revere Golf Club have ensured that the GoGolf 4 BCHF team tees off early each morning, giving them time to play a second round every afternoon.

The Las Vegas courses hosting the GoGolf 4 BCHF team are Angel Park, Painted Desert, The Legacy Golf Club, and Stallion Mountain from OB Sports Golf Management; Badlands and Silverstone from Par 4 Golf Management, and The Lexington and Concord Courses at Revere Golf Club. The golf courses are all championship courses. Badlands Golf Course has the longest Par 5 in Nevada – 653 yards.

Bing Smith, Chair of the BC Hospitality Foundation, says: “This is an extraordinary commitment to raising funds for the Foundation. Two rounds a day, for 7.5 days, is a lot of golf.” Smith should know. To kick off the 2012 Tip Out to Help Campaign, Smith golfed 72 holes in 10.4 hours, and raised over $1,800.00 for TOTH12. Smith went on to say, “Golf plays an important part of our hospitality industry. In fact, a person the foundation helped worked as a greenskeeper at a resort here in BC.”

The Tip Out to Help Campaign has a goal of raising $200,000.00 this year. The GoGolf 4 BCHF team hopes their supporters contribute at least $7,500.00 towards the TOTH12 campaign target. Anyone is invited to pledge support or to “Tip Out” the team by going online at Click on the team name – GoGolf 4 BCHF – and pledge or tip any amount. Charitable tax receipts are issued for amounts over $50.00.

Team Member Mike Bryant went on to say: “Maybe people should pledge on our cumulative ages – adding them together is 235 years. At a quarter a year, that is a nice tip!” Lyall May countered with saying “A penny a stroke - If we all play our average game that could be a total of 1100 strokes each. 14 rounds, 4400 strokes.” Zenone says “Make it a dime a hole and we could try to play 1000 holes!” However people figure out the tip, or make a pledge, any amount is graciously accepted. The foursome, GoGolf 4 BCHF team, still thinks golfing for charity is a grand getaway, and a fantastic way to spend 7 days on the links.


For Further Information, please contact:
Dawn Donahue
Go Golf Events Management
[email protected]
Advisory Board Director, BCHF

Bing Smith
Chair. BC Hospitality Founation
[email protected]

About the Foundation:

Hope. Opportunity. Inspiration.

The British Columbia Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) provides financial support for individuals within the hospitality community who are coping with extraordinary costs arising from a serious health crisis. The Foundation also awards scholarships and bursaries to students enrolled in hospitality programmes in BC.

Our vision is to be the industry’s charity of choice, providing financial support for individuals within the hospitality community who are coping with extraordinary costs arising from a serious health or medical crisis.
Our mission is to offer financial assistance, beyond traditional medical benefits and insurances, to individuals within the hospitality community in their times of critical health or medical need. As well, we are committed to supporting the industry’s next generation by providing scholarships and bursaries to selected students enrolled in hospitality and culinary programs at partner schools in BC.

Who We Are:

We are a group of people who work together to help our own within the hospitality community. Together with a number of dedicated volunteers and partners, we raise funds to provide our colleagues hope, inspiration, and a helping hand by providing support when they are coping with extraordinary costs arising from a serious health or medical crisis, and that cost is not covered by conventional medical plans, EI, or other insurances or benefit plans.
In addition, a portion of the funds we raise provides scholarships and bursaries to selected students enrolled in hospitality or culinary programmes at partner post-secondary schools within British Columbia.

Tip Out to Help Campaign:
The Tip Out To Help campaign gives every person in BC’s hospitality industry an opportunity to help the BCHF—to help themselves. Register yourself or a team right now and help raise funds to fill the world’s largest tip jar. By joining your colleagues, you’ll be able to help those in our industry who need it. Together, we can make a difference.

The Supporting Golf Courses:
OB Sports Management
Kourtney Mostek
702.769.2935 (cell)
[email protected]

Par 4 Golf Management
Jim Bolla
702 210 6101
[email protected]

The Revere Golf Club
Dennis Piekarski
[email protected]

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