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Kelowna company hosts golf tourney, sends Make-A-Wish girl to Disneyland

The event raised over $10,000, more than 10x the amount from the year previous; 3rd annual event on May 24

It’s amazing the difference a year can make.

Last May, a Kelowna fundraising golf tournament saw a ten times increase, compared to the inaugural event, benefiting a local Make-A-Wish child.

City Electric Supply (CES) Kelowna hosted its second annual golf tournament recently and raised a total of $10,246. This comes just a year after the inaugural event raised less than $1,000.

“We challenged ourselves to raise enough funds to grant one wish with the tournament funds,” said CES Kelowna district manager James Cookson. “We all love the organization, so it was a great goal for us, and the funds raised helped contribute to granting wishes in our local community.”

All the money raised helped send a local Make-A-Wish child and her sister on a trip of a lifetime.

“Make-A-Wish sent a girl and her sister to Disneyland for a week,” added Cookson. “We brought them a bunch of toys, and they even had their own plane and hotel. The kids were so excited to go. It was nice to see firsthand the impact our fundraiser had on these people.”

Cookson and CES saw their event grow in a massive way and they plan on only making it bigger for the third annual event, which is coming up on May 24.

“There are so many moving parts in an event like this,” said Cookson. “We had around 110 people attend our first year. It takes a bit to grow, and we learned a lot about collecting, getting everyone together, and assigning tasks. I’d say it was challenging, but it was also fun.”

“We’ve thought about different ways to grow it and we’re excited to see what we can do next. Just like with our business, we’re always looking to improve,” Cookson continued.

Former BC Lions head coach and member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame Wally Buono was in attendance at last year’s event.

This year, CES has set their goal of raising $15,000.

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Jordy Cunningham

About the Author: Jordy Cunningham

Hailing from Ladner, B.C., I have been passionate about sports, especially baseball, since I was young. In 2018, I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree
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