Fred Lee’s so­cial snaps.

Youth and the city’s home­less ben­e­fit from a show of love.

Vancouver Magazine - - CONTENT - BY Fred Lee @FredAboutTown

First United Church’s Golf Tour­na­ment For the Home­less

El­iz­a­beth Kerk­laan fronted First United Church’s 11th An­nual Golf Tour­na­ment for the Home­less at the Univer­sity Golf Course. Un­der clear skies, a full field of 144 golfers hit the fair­ways to help raise sup­port for the city’s most vul­ner­a­ble. Greet­ing them back at the club­house for the ban­quet and more fundrais­ing games were Rev­erend Car­men Lans­downe and Rick Clu , the evening’s em­cee. The day of golf and ca­ma­raderie net­ted the or­ga­ni­za­tion $100,000 to help First United ad­dress the many chal­lenges met by res­i­dents of the Down­town East­side—poverty, mental ill­ness, addiction, and a lack of shel­ter and hous­ing. The record re­sult pushed the tour­na­ment’s over­all tally be­yond the $600,000 mark.

Wild.Eco Pho­tog­ra­phy Ex­hi­bi­tion

Ex­plorer, storyteller and pho­tog­ra­pher Daniel Fox re­cently staged an ex­hi­bi­tion of pho­to­graphic works in sup­port of Van­cou­ver’s Ur­ban Na­tive Youth As­so­ci­a­tion. Ar­chi­tect Michael Green, doc­u­men­tary film­maker Sharad Kharé and power fig­ure Praveen Varsh­ney hosted the ex­clu­sive spring event, which was ded­i­cated to rais­ing funds to pro­vide Indige­nous youth the op­por­tu­nity for self-dis­cov­ery through wilder­ness ed­u­ca­tion and the great out­doors.

Cel­e­brated artist Daniel Fox ex­hib­ited his pho­to­graphic works to send Indige­nous youth to the Na­tional Out­door Lead­er­ship School in the Yukon.

Hous­ing ad­vo­cate Judy Graves joined tour­na­ment di­rec­tor El­iz­a­beth Kerk­laan for the an­nual Golf Tour­na­ment for the Home­less.

Kim Spencer-Nairn, founder and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Cap­ture Pho­tog­ra­phy Fes­ti­val, was on hand for the fundrais­ing party.

Rev­erend Car­men Lans­downe and for­mer CBCer Rick Clu were all smiles fol­low­ing the record night.

Ch­eryl Robin­son rep­re­sented the Ur­ban Na­tive Youth As­so­ci­a­tion at the event, which was hosted by ar­chi­tect Michael Green at his Gas­town stu­dios.

IL­LUS­TRA­TION: NIMA GHO­LAMI

Tour­na­ment cre­ator Bob Bur­rows so­cial­izes with com­mit­tee mem­bers Cor­rine Dahlo and Joanne Barker.

Doc­u­men­tary film­maker Sharad Kharé and en­trepreneur Praveen Varsh­ney co-hosted the Wild.Eco ben­e­fit for the Ur­ban Na­tive Youth As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mer­ry­maker Jor­dan Kall­man and his fi­ancée, Dawn Melody, were among the in­flu­en­tial set on hand to sup­port the wilder­ness ini­tia­tive.

A four­some of Chris­tine Dixon, Anna Hank­in­son, Anna Pan­ton and Betty-Anne Lindsay hit the links in sup­port of First United Church.

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