The fourth annual Neil Falkner Memorial BBQ and Putting Tournament is set for Sunday, Aug. 13 at the Riverside Greens, with proceeds going to an Outward Bound scholarship program.
Falkner passed away while ski touring in the Rockies back in 2002, and was an Outward Bound graduate. Since then his family has organized the putting tournament and other events to raise money for the scholarship, which sends one student from Falkner’s old high school in East Vancouver, Britannia Secondary, and one student from the Sea to Sky corridor to Outward Bound. This year the Sea to Sky scholarship winner was Pemberton Secondary student Geoffery McLeod.
Although the tournament has been supported in the past by Neil’s friends and family, his mother Judy Lynne is hoping to focus more on the scholarship aspect than the memorial this year to include more families, locals and visitors in the putting tournament.
The tournament will run from noon to 4 p.m. and Lynne is asking for a minimum donation of $25 to $100 per person. Kids 10 and under will play for free.
That includes the putting tournament, a barbecue lunch, draw prizes, a silent auction and access to the beer garden for putters 19 and older. There will also be activities for families and children, including badminton, bocce, the adventure playground, and possibly a scavenger hunt.
All of the proceeds will go to the scholarship fund, and tax receipts will be provided for payments of $40 or more.
To help the tournament run smoothly, Lynne is asking local businesses to donate prizes, sponsor holes, buy banner space, purchase tickets on behalf of inner city youth to help them attend the event, and/or enter their business and employees in the tournament.
For more information or to get involved in the tournament, contact Judy Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org , or call the Riverside Campground at 604-935-2996.
WORCA Youth Scolarship still available
The Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association is still taking applications for their first youth scholarship, using funds raised at the annual Bike Swap and donations from members.
The first scholarship is for $1,000, which will go towards approved academic pursuits of students. All Whistler Secondary students that are members of WORCA, or are recent graduates aged 21 or younger as of Jan. 1, 2007, are welcome to apply.
In order to be considered, the student has to be competitive at some level, community minded, demonstrate sportsmanship and be active as a volunteer and participant at WORCA events.
To apply, students are asked to submit a short essay, maximum 500 words, detailing their involvement in cycling and mountain biking and how that has helped them to achieve their academic goals. A short bio about themselves, their involvement with WORCA, and their goals in academics and cycling is also required.