The Kiwanis Club of Red Deer has cancelled its annual golf tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Kiwanis Golf Tournament Committee, after much deliberation, has decided it would be imprudent to seek long-supporting local businesses to sponsor a golf tournament, while they themselves are facing unpredictable financial hardships,” the club said in a statement.
The golf tournament, held at the Sylvan Lake Golf & Country Club in August or September, is one of the group’s major fundraisers.
This is the first time the event has been cancelled in 57 years.
“Kiwanis wants the sponsors and the golfers to know that we appreciate their past support, and that Kiwanis looks forward to involving them in the Kiwanis Golf Tournament on Aug. 18, 2021.”
The 40-member club, which is in its 70th year, has supported numerous initiatives and programs through work projects and money raised from this golf tournament, bingos and casinos.
These annual initiatives and programs include the Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts, Camp Sherbino’s Girl Guide Camp, Red Deer Safety City and the Aspen Heights Elementary School’s MicroSociety.
In the meantime, the group is encouraging anyone who might be interested in supporting its programs and initiatives to consider joining a club such as Kiwanis.
President Milt Williams can be reached at 403-346-4083, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the club, visit www.reddeerkiwanis.org.