A sport-and-music-based fundraiser with roots in the Osoyoos community is building momentum across the Okanagan valley.
The first annual Pics & Sticks Charity event May 15 and 16, 2019, will be hosted by Canadian country music star Gord Bamford and Osoyoos realtor Kevin Primeau, who has significant ties to the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers.
The Gord Bamford Foundation, in partnership with Kevin and the South Okanagan Youth Foundation, is bringing this unique charity event to the South Okanagan.
“Gord and I reconnected at an Oiler Charity event last fall in Edmonton and I asked him if he would help me out with a fundraising hockey game in our area,” said Kevin.
“I had taken part in his Pics and Sticks Charity game years earlier. He jumped on board right away and the event grew in to this hockey, golf, banquet and concert two-day fundraiser”
Pics and Sticks will give golfers the chance to play alongside NHL alumni like Glenn Anderson, Chris Joseph, Marty McSorley, Ron Low and country music stars like Gord Bamford, Dallas Smith, Aaron Pritchett and Chad Brownlee.
“This event brings together a few of my favourite things: Country music, hockey, golf, and community support,” said Mr. Bamford. “I’m really looking forward to watching this event unfold in one of Canada’s most spectacular settings.”
The two Foundations will give back to local and British Columbia charities, including the Children’s Miracle Network, Make-A-Wish Foundation British Columbia, Basic for Babies and Spirit of the Game.
Okanagan minor hockey associations will also benefit, minor hockey teams from Osoyoos to West Kelowna helping to sell tickets for the event and earning for their team $6 for each ticket sold.
The hockey game ticket sales will also help fund 17 scholarships that will go to local youth (these will be named to honour and remember the families impacted by the Humboldt Tragedy).
Major sponsors for the event so far include Country 100.7, Spirit Ridge/Hyatt Resort, Pattison Outdoor Advertising and NK’MIP Canyon Desert Golf Course.
Consisting of a charity hockey game at the South Okanagan Event Centre in Penticton, an 18-hole golf tournament at the Nk’Mip
Canyon Desert Golf Course in Oliver, and a banquet and concert at the Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos, the event is the first of its kind in the area.
For more information on the event, including sponsorship opportunities and purchasing tickets, click here.
For tickets, visit valleyfirsttix.com.