Sept/Oct 2009

Fundraising on the fairway

CIM Crowsnest Branch holds its seventh annual golf tournament and scholarship fundraiser

By C. Ryan

Each year, the CIM Crowsnest Branch hosts a golf tournament and scholarship fundraiser in Fernie, British Columbia. The popular day-long event gives industry members the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, make new acquaintances and simply have a good time. Held on June 25, this year marked the seventh anniversary of the event.

One of the major objectives is fundraising for the long-standing CIM Scholarship that is awarded annually to a student entering a post-secondary earth sciences-related field of study. Recently, the branch also created an annual Trades Scholarship, which is awarded to a student entering a trade school. Both scholarships entail a $1,000 award in the first year, with the CIM Scholarship awarding an additional $2,000 for the second year of studies. This year, the CIM and Trades scholarships were awarded to Ben Campbell of Crowsnest Pass and Dustin Zuffa of Fernie, respectively.

With golf being the other order of business, we were fortunate to have the weather on our side — for the most part. The day, starting warm and sunny, did end with some light showers. All in all, the downturn in weather seemed to have little effect on the overall mood of the golfers, even if their game performance may have been dampened.

At the end of the game, everyone enjoyed a sit-down dinner at the clubhouse restaurant. Boyd Payne, CEO, Teck Coal, who returned for the second year as the event’s keynote speaker, had the audience rapt with his inspirational style.

Amidst it all, trophies donated by P&H were awarded for the top team, the longest drive, the longest putt and for “closest to the pin.” In keeping with the format of the tournament over past years, the many donations from local and distant sponsors allowed every golfer to go home with a prize. Some of the key prizes were put into our ever-popular silent auction, which has been a huge success for the past two years.

At the close of a good day of golfing, dining, inspiration and just plain fun, the sun set on the event and all who had worked to make it happen could take a deep breath and relax. Many thanks go out to those who volunteered their time and effort to the planning and execution of the event. Looking ahead, we hope, at some point, to expand the event into a full weekend of activities.

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