Drive For Relief Supports Fire Victims
By Cameron Watt
August 1, 2017 was a successful day for everyone who was part of Drive For Relief, at the Redwoods Golf Course. This shotgun tournament was planned, organized and executed in short notice.
It was a fundraising effort to support the victims of this years wildfires in British Columbia. The goal - raise $30,000 and donate to the Red Cross. The reality - $52,500 was raised through support from locals, golf industry representatives, community businesses, and of course the Redwoods Golf Course.
Doug Hawley (shown above), managing director at Redwoods, came up with the idea. Hearing stories of hardship, and watching devastation on the news had motivated him to help. Redwoods donated the course for the day. 100% of all the proceeds went to the Red Cross. Even the days wages of Redwoods staff were donated. The courses local Academy golf pros, donated an hour of lessons on the range, prior to the shotgun. Tailgate party, live music, and golf with prizes filled the afternoon event. BBQ dinner, with donated steaks, a silent auction followed by more live music filled the evening.
The smoky skies seemed almost fitting for the day. It was a humble reminder of the many victims who were displaced and suffered loss. The event proved the community’s samaritan spirit! It is incredible that in such short time, many local vendors, business owners, and the golf industry came together to ensure success. The entire team at Redwoods are very grateful, and cannot thank everyone enough!