Charity Golf Tournament Raises Money for Fire Relief Fund

Posted: October 30th, 2017

Tikinagan Child and Family Services' 11th annual Charity Golf Tournament raised $14,910 for the Mamow Oshki Pimagihowin Fire Relief Fund and families in need.

Sixteen teams participated in the event, which took place Friday, September 22 at the Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club.

"Overall it was a nice day, it was actually a beautiful day. Everyone we spoke to had a good time and we had really good feedback from our participants," said Service Manager Katherine Machimity, who organized the tournament. “Generous donations came in from various organizations and resources around Sioux Lookout and Dryden. The funds we raise go towards helping families in the north who experience house fires. Last year we helped out 11 families.”

Over the past years, the tournament has been raising the bar on funds generated. Six years ago, the event raised $6,500, last year it raised $10,840. The tournament has generated more than $60,000 over the last 11 years, with this year being the most financially successful.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone in the staff association and everyone who volunteered to make this event happen,” said Machimity. “I really want to express my gratitude for the volunteers. To make this event happen as an agency, we couldn’t have done it without them.”

In addition to entry fees for the 2017 tournament, money was raised with a variety of games such as the Pin-Seeker, Long-Drive Event and Putting Competition. Prizes for these games included assorted gift baskets and gift cards.

Madsen GM sponsored the hole-in-one prizes, a 2017 Chevy Equinox. The prize created excitement but there was no winner this year.

Many local businesses and donors sponsored the tournament with generous donations for the prizes, as well silent auction items such as NHL tickets, fishing rods and tackle, gym memberships, airfare (Perimeter Air), tool kits, gift certificates from Sephora and local businesses, and camping gear. The silent auction welcomed golf tournament participants and the general public and ran throughout the day, wrapping up before dinner.

The first place team this year won with a score of 65 and included Katherine Morris, Ryan Waboose, Dawn Gardhouse and Titus Morris. Second place had a score of 66 and included Rick Angeconeb, Tanya Tekavcic, Raymond Beardy and Jim Kusnick. First place took home jackets and miscellaneous gifts, and second place took home Tikinagan sweaters and various swag.

During the tournament, Tikinagan’s staff association hosted a BBQ which raised money for the association and will go towards functions hosted by the group.

Following the tournament and silent auction, a roast beef dinner was held at the Club where participants were presented with the prizes and silent auction bidders took home their items.

In true spirit of our service model, Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin (everyone working together to raise our children), this tournament brought people together for a worthy cause. Tikinagan thanks all the participants, teams, sponsors and volunteers for helping make this year’s tournament another successful fundraising event for helping families in crises.