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Golf Marathon for tips increases to 900 holes of golf - Thanks Las Vegas

Published on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 (10:21 a.m.)

Canadian Foursome Golf Marathon – Day 5 – 650 holes of golf – Golfing for Charity

For Immediate Release
October 25, 2012 (Las Vegas)

Four amateur golfers give new meaning to “Let’s go to Las Vegas to golf”

Raising funds for the BC Hospitality Foundation Tip Out to Help Campaign, this foursome have played 500 holes of golf in 4 days and a bit. Not bad when you consider the 4th golfer didn’t join in until Monday afternoon. Today they add another 144 holes to their marathon. Same for tomorrow and Saturday.

Canadians Jim Kennedy, Lyall May, Steve Zenone, and Mike Bryant have turned a golf getaway into a charity fundraiser. They are golfing for tips.

The “GoGolf 4 BCHF Team” invite pledges and “tips” for their golfing endeavour.

Originally, they had promised to golf 27 to 36 holes, daily, from October 20 to 27, 2012. Golfing at least 750 holes over the 7.5 days was the goal. Now, the goal seems to be to add another 100 holes to the marathon. It looks doable.

Not bad for 4 guys whose ages add up to 233 years.

Kennedy, age 66, says: “The BC Hospitality Foundation has helped many people in times of medical need. Turning a golf getaway into a golf marathon was something we thought we could do, something that might intrigue people. Of course, Las Vegas weather and hospitality certainly helped us meet our goal, perhaps even enticed us to surpass the planned 750 holes.”

OB Sports Golf Management, Par 4 Golf Management and Troon Golf have really helped. The GoGolf 4 BCHF team tees off at daybreak each day, 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, Troon Golf Club Management. 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.

Team Member Mike Bryant said: “The reception we received from Jim Bolla, at Badlands and Silverstone, was fantastic. Made us want to play more golf. Sunday the three of us played 108 holes!

Charles Zuckerman, a volunteer with the #TipOutToHelp campaign and the BC Hospitality Foundation, said “These men are warriors.”

Steve Zenone, the 4th golfer, arrived Monday afternoon. Zenone went on to say: “Kourtney Mostek and the Legacy Golf Club were so generous in their hospitality; that reception guaranteed we will be back many times to Las Vegas.”

“This is an extraordinary commitment to raising funds. Non golfers may not really understand the goal they have set. Even if these guys play well, 900 holes could represent over 1100 golf strokes, not counting practice swings” says Bing Smith, Chair of the BC Hospitality Foundation.

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, and everyone, is invited to pledge support or to “Tip Out” the team - online pledges and donations are easy to make.

At time of press the team had raised $1125.00 in tips; the campaign was at $57,647.00. Any amount, any tip or donation, is graciously accepted.

The foursome, GoGolf 4 BCHF team, are having fun, playing OK, loving the Las Vegas golf courses, and thanks everyone for their support.

Follow them on twitter @BCHospitality, #GoGolf4, #TipOutToHelp, or on facebook at JimKennedyGoGolfEvents

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

Bing Smith, Chair, BC Hospitality Foundation [email protected] 604-329-9307

Alan Sacks, Executive Director, BC Hospitality Foundation [email protected]

About the Foundation:

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.

Hope. Opportunity. Inspiration.

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 Golf Management Kourtney Mostek
Par 4 Golf Managment Jim Bolla
Troon Golf Dennis Piekarski

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