‘Getting the cause’
Some celebrities come back annually for the Charlottetown Boys & Girls Club golf classic at the Belvedere course
Musicians, hockey players and Olympians are some of the celebrities coming to the city for next week’s Charlottetown Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Golf Classic.
The list of celebrities has a few changes each year, but many mark the date on their calendar and make a point to be apart of it annually.
“When you have some teams and celebrities that have been there every year I think it says a lot about the loyalty, the product and getting the cause,” chairman Trent Birt said.
The 21st annual event is set for July 16 and 17 at the Belvedere Golf Club.
The tournament replaced the club’s fundraising softball tournament in 1994 and the event took off. It has raised between $500,000 and $750,000 for the club, Birt said, and has grown to include a concert with musicians like Bruce Guthro getting involved.
“It’s evolved into more than a golf event. It’s a golf and music event,” Birt said. The participants and celebrities “talk about the music as much as they talk about the golf.”
He said there was some talk that 2014 would be the final year for the event, but tournament organizers and key supporters didn’t want to see programs cut at the Charlottetown Boys & Girls Club with the loss of the tournament’s funds.
Birt said tournament organizers are fortunate to have a strong base of Island celebrities always willing to help out. He also pointed to those from off Island who take part. It includes Guthro, who he said, has five days off in July.
“He’s spending three of them with us,” Birt said.
“That says a lot about the commitment of our celebrity base.”
There is one team spot remaining. Anyone interested can find out more information by calling 902-892-1817.