911 golf tourney gives back $33,000 in the last five years to local initiatives

Tournament is an annual fundraiser used to support youth programs and initiatives within the community

A number of people representing community organizations and initiatives gathered at the Barriere Ambulance Station the afternoon of Oct. 27 to receive 2016 grants from RCMP Cpl. Darin Underhill

A number of people representing community organizations and initiatives gathered at the Barriere Ambulance Station the afternoon of Oct. 27 to receive 2016 grants from RCMP Cpl. Darin Underhill

The Barriere 911 Emergency Services Golf Tournament, which has now been renamed the Barriere Emergency Services (or BES) Golf Tournament) had a banner year in 2016, as reported by RCMP Cpl. Darin Underhill and BC Ambulance paramedic Deb Young who currently co-organize the event and it’s grant program.

The co-organizers were addressing the most recent group of BES Golf Tournament grant recipients gathered at Barriere’s BC Ambulance station on Oct. 27 for the 2016 cheque presentations.

“We had another successful year with amazing support from the sponsors and players,” says Underhill, “We have worked hard over the last five years to provide more opportunity to the youth throughout the valley.  Our goal has been to support a diverse group of new or existing youth organizations, programs or initiatives.”

Underhill said the tournament experienced a beautiful day on the links and the Chinook Cove Golf course was in fine shape which allowed for some great golf and low scores.  After the game, all enjoyed a great meal (hosted by Chinook Cove Golf Course)while they shared their stories from the day.

Following the dinner, all players pulled a number for one of the prizes set out on tables filled with numerous and amazing items.

“We completed the evening with our KP, Long Drive and the best silent auction tables ever,” said Underhill.

He explained that the golf tournament is an annual fundraiser used to support youth programs and initiatives within the community.

“We have put $6,000 to $8,000 back each year for a total of just over $33,000 to date in the last five years,” said Underhill.

“We have supported the following groups on a one time basis or multiple times, at various levels, over the last five years.

• Celebration of Rural Living Expo Bike Challenge

• North Thompson Fish & Game Club

• North Thompson Rec Society – Ski and Snowshoe Program

• Barriere Curling Club – Youth Curling and Learn to Curl

• North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre

• Barriere Secondary – Sports

• Barriere Secondary Grade 8 Math Program

• Farm Kids Scholarship Fund

• Yellowhead Community Services – Friday Night Youth Program

• Barriere Elementary School Community Garden

• Bonnie Cruzelle-Myram – Memorial Scholarship

• Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach

• Barriere Youth Soccer

• Upper Thompson Army Cadets

• Barriere Elementary Meal Program

• Barriere Bike Park

•BSS Metal Work Trailer Program

• NTRS – Swim Program

• One to One Reading Program

• Battle of the Books

• Kamloops Girls Fastball

• Barriere Dry Grad

• Community Daycare Program

• Barriere Emergency Services Golf Scholarships

After the cheque presentations for 2016, Underhill wrapped things up by saying, “I am truly proud of the members of the committee that work so hard each year to put this event together and make it the success it is.   We love to see the large variety of programs and hope we can continue to play a part in the success of each of them as they are also supported by their own incredible and hard working volunteers.  We live in a great area where most everyone is willing to pitch in and make it a better place to live.

“Thank you again to all the great people that make this event happen and those that support us each year.”

Sponsors of the 2016 BES Tournament included:

• Armour Mountain Office Supply

• Abbot Wealth Mgt

• AG Foods

• Act 1 Automotive

• Bag Lady Enterprises/ Bottle Depot

• Barriere Medical Clinic

• Barriere Smoke Eaters

• BC Lions

• Barriere Country Feeds

• Brandt Tractor

• Basket World

• Barriere Esso / Subway

• Bed Bath & Beyond

• Blue Jar Café

• Cascades Casino – Kamloops

• Chinook Cove Golf & RV

• Country Store Antiques

• Canadian Tire

• Costco

• City Centre Auto

• DeeJay RV Park

• DJ’s Plumbing

• District of Barriere

• G & D Transport

• Dr. Chris Wilson – Dentist

• Dr. Dan Dagasso – Orthodontist

• East Barriere Lake Volleyball Tournament

• Guillevin International

• Harley Davidson –Kamloops

• Home Depot – Kamloops

• Home Hardware Building Supply – Kamloops

• Honda Motors – Kamloops

• IDA Pharmacy

• Integrity Realty – Kathy Campbell

• Insight Tire & Automotive

• Interior Savings Credit Union  & Insurance

• Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club

• La Dolcevita Salon and Day Spa

• Moxies Restaurant

• Monte Carlo Motel

• Murray Purcha

• Mountain Springs Motel

• Outlaw Motor Sports

• Oak Barrel

• One Step Landscaping

• Petro Canada – Barriere

• River City Cycle

• Rivershore- Jeep Dodge Chrysler

• Royal Lepage

Westwin Realty Barriere

• Royal Lepage – Tracy Moffat

• Great Canadian Casino

• River Rock Casino & Resort

• RGH Mechanical

• Rivershore Estate Golf Links

• Rona – Kamloops

• RTR Motor Sports

• Safeway – Sahali Kamloops

• Shark Club Ports Bar & Grill – Kamloops

• South Thompson Inn

Shoppers Drug Mart – Sahali

• Station House Restaurant

• Stamer Logging

• Star/Journal Newspaper

• Starbucks – Sahali

• Styling By Janice

• Sundown Construction

• Sun Rivers Golf Course

• Sam’s Pizza

• The Dunes at Kamloops Golf Course

• Timbermart

• TNRD Area O – Bill Kershaw

• Wholesale Sports

• Walco Radio

• Whitespot Restaurant