Despite the rain and wind that forced the calling of the sixth annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament at Predator Ridge, 132 golfers and the event sponsors made this year an overwhelming success.
A net of $242,100 was raised for the completion of the top two floors at Vernon Jubilee Hospital Sunday.
“It is important for me to thank and recognize the generosity of Predator Ridge, its members and its residents who have financially supported this golf tournament from the beginning” said Sue Beaudry, with the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.
“Significant donations came from some Predator members who helped put us over the top to our six-year total of $1,000,100 net.”
A component of the event was a live auction.
The highlight was the auctioning off og=f a golf trip to Bandon Dunes, Oregon in the Kal Tire corporate jet. This item alone raised $35,000.
Besides the auction, funds came from many sources. Even eight-year-old golfer Ryan Vest, who can drive a golf ball further than many adults, raised $240 by driving golf balls for the golfers.
“This is an important event for the hospital and I wish to thank our major sponsors who helped make it happen,” said Beaudry.
The sponsors include Telus, Predator Ridge, Silver Star Mountain Resort, Tolko, Wayside, Black and McDonald, Sparkling Hill Resort, RBCDS, Kal Tire, Nixon Wenger, Stutters DKI, Westwood, Okanagan Spring, Vernon Home Building Centre, Capri Insurance and Misconduct Wine.
More than $10,000 worth of prizes were given out Sunday. Team VantageOne was the low gross winners of the corporate challenge. This year the award was renamed in memory of Herb Paterson, a Predator Ridge founder who died in February.