Golf enthusiasts and members of the local business community teed off at the third Annual Sea to Sky Golf Tournament last week and raised $10,000 for the Pemberton Animal Wellbeing Society (PAWS) and Stewardship Pemberton One Mile Lake Nature Centre.
The tournament, held Aug. 16 at Nicklaus North Golf Club, was presented by North Shore Credit Union, The Whistler Grocery Store and Pemberton Valley Supermarket. This year two Pemberton charity beneficiaries were selected and awarded $5,000 each.
"We are so appreciative of everyone who was involved in this tournament," said Veronica Woodruff of Stewardship Pemberton. "The funds raised will help the centre provide education, habitat restoration and protection, resource sharing, watershed planning, celebration days and volunteer enhancement activities that will benefit everyone in the community and corridor."
"Pets are a huge part of our life in Whistler and hold an important place in our hearts," said Nick Papoutsis, NSCU's Whistler branch manager. "We see this demonstrated every day when our members bring their dogs with them to do their banking."
The 108 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the golf course before bidding on silent and live auction items. One of the more popular auction items was Foster's Wine Estates donation of a premium wine fridge stocked with their best wines along with four magnums of a rare vintage 1996 Stag's Leap Petit Verdot.
The Sea to Sky Golf Tournament selects a different community organization every year as a beneficiary for the funds raised at the golf tournament.