The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre was hoping to raise over $500,000 at the second edition of the Battle of Alberta Golf Tournament at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club Wednesday. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre golf tournament raises nearly $1 million

The second Central Alberta Advocacy Centre Battle of Alberta Golf Tournament was another huge success in 2021.

With some of the final accounting still left to be done, organizers say they raised over $1 million gross at the two-day event last week. The net amount raised was not known Tuesday.

“To say we’re blown away by the generosity and support at the child advocacy centre is an understatement,” said Mark Jones, CEO, CACAC.

“At the end of the day, we’re trying to make a difference for children and families in central Alberta. What we witnessed at this event is what happens when a whole group of difference makers come together for the good of a community. A heartfelt thanks to the many people who helped make the Battle of Alberta tournament a success.”

In the live auction portion of the event, two new items were also up for grabs: a fully custom, one-of-a-kind Calgary Flames truck and Edmonton Oilers truck, both valued over $90,000 were given to the CACAC to auction off.

Both trucks were auctioned off with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the CACAC.

The celebrity auction also broke records on the opening night of the event, with the highest bid for the top two players: Kelly Buchberger and Theoren Fleury. Twenty-eight other Oilers and Flames joined in to cap-off the 30 team roster, including Lanny MacDonald, Louie Debrusk, Kris Russell, Glenn Anderson, and Mike Vernon.