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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 Cluff, 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.
Housing advocate Judy Graves joined tournament director Elizabeth Kerklaan for the annual Golf Tournament for the Homeless. Reverend Carmen Lansdowne and former CBCer Rick Cluff were all smiles following the record night. Tournament creator Bob Burrows socializes with committee members Corrine Dahlo and Joanne Barker. A foursome of Christine Dixon, Anna Hankinson, Anna Panton and Betty-Anne Lindsay hit the links in support of First United Church.
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. Merrymaker Jordan Kallman and his fiancée, Dawn Melody, were among the influential set on hand to support the wilderness initiative. Cheryl Robinson represented the Urban Native Youth Association at the event, which was hosted by architect Michael Green at his Gastown studios. Documentary filmmaker Sharad Kharé and entrepreneur Praveen Varshney co-hosted the Wild.Eco benefit for the Urban Native Youth Association. Celebrated artist Daniel Fox exhibited his photographic works to send Indigenous youth to the National Outdoor Leadership School in the Yukon. Kim Spencer-Nairn, founder and executive director of the Capture Photography Festival, was on hand for the fundraising party.