Charity classic attracts top business, sport and media community

From the greens to an inspiring reception and fundraising campaign, the ninth annual Power To Golf Charity Classic raised a record-breaking $261,000 in support of Power To Be Aug. 27, 2015.

With the intention to support long-term inclusive and accessible recreation Power To Be programs for youth and families living with a disability or barrier, the Power To Golf Charity Classic attracted Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland’s top business, sport and media community to raise an astounding $242,000.

Hosted at the Victoria Golf Course, golfers enjoyed a friendly tournament followed by a private reception at Peter and Ali Gustavson’s home “Atrium at Little Oaks.” On the course, golfers had the opportunity to directly connect with Power To Be’s community and volunteers, some of which are alumni participants in Power To Be programs, including Kevin Caslor.

A former participant turned advocate and volunteer; Kevin Caslor was born with Cerebral Palsy and significantly Hearing Impaired. As the special guest speaker for the evening reception, Caslor spoke on how accessible adventure programs have made an impact in his life.

“I was a high-school student who did not really enjoy being outdoors, and someone who was less than enthused about kayaking. Power To Be challenged my outlook, and succeeded. Today, thanks to Power To Be’s support and confidence building over the years, I now have my own single kayak, and would spend all of my free time paddling if it was at all possible. In addition, Power To Be encouraged me to increase my confidence to the point where I became a volunteer. It may sound cliché, but Power To Be’s people have become like a second family to me, always keeping me laughing as we continue to change the lives of people with disabilities for the better,” said Caslor.

The evening offered all guests incredible door prize adventure packages, and impressive silent auction items all made possible by generous donations from Power To Be supporters near and far. “We are exceptionally fortunate to be surrounded by some of Canada’s finest difference makers that make our charitable work possible. Tonight was a clear indication that philanthropic leadership remains fundamental in moving our mission forward. We want to say a huge thanks to our event sponsors, guests and volunteers who made this night a big success. We could not of done it without you” said Tim Cormode, Executive Director for Power To Be.

On the course, local Victoria NHLers, Jamie Benn, Jordie Benn and Tyson Barrie joined to support the tournament. The evening reception was graciously emceed by three-time Olympic medalist and CBC Broadcaster, Cassie Campbell, accompanied by ‘Vahattan’s man about town’ Fred Lee, a regular contributor to the Province, Vancouver Courier and CBC and live entertainment provided by The Long Shadows.