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Willow Park Charity Golf Classic

Willow Park Charity Golf Classic

About the Classic:

The Willow Park Charity Golf Classic began with a simple idea . . . a belief in the importance of giving back to the community, of supporting worthwhile causes on behalf of the Club and its members. 

Each year, the Classic committee members partner with the Recipient Charity prior to the tournament, visiting them on site and getting to know them — seeing first-hand the individuals impacted by the proceeds of the tournament.

One hundred percent of the proceeds raised through cash donations and the live and silent auctions go to the charity. The impact of what the tournament does strikes profoundly for everyone — from the sponsors and participants who so generously give, to the committee members and volunteers who work so hard to put the tournament together. It’s a proud collective effort. Thank you!

For over 30 years, since 1988, through the generosity of Willow Park directors and members, and through the support of sponsors, players and volunteers, the Willow Park Charity Golf Classic has donated over $12.2 million to Calgary charities. The 2023 proceeds from the Willow Park Golf Charity Classic will support YW Calgary.

About YW Calgary

Helping women and their families thrive

YW Calgary is the largest and longest serving women’s organization in Calgary. For more than a century, they have touched tens of thousands of lives and have continually evolved their programming to meet the changing needs of women in the community. YW Calgary envisions women thriving in a safe, equitable community and intends to be a leader in ending family violence, homelessness, and poverty. The organization supports their clients in meeting their immediate and most basic needs, then works directly with them to create positive change in their lives.

How is this achieved? 

Through various programs, we support women and their families who are experiencing abuse, homelessness, poverty, mental health concerns, and under employment. Our services and programs include shelter, housing, counselling, language skills, childcare, parenting supports, and economic empowerment supports.

“I came to YW when I learned I could lose my children because of the abuse they were witnessing. The incredible support of a YW case worker helped me find the determination to leave a dangerous situation despite the overwhelming fear I felt. There was this sense that someone was holding my hand, which helped me focus on my kids and their needs.”

— Elizabeth, YW Client

What does your support of the Willow Park Charity Golf Classic mean to YW Calgary? 

YW Calgary’s dream has been to build permanent and affordable housing, adjacent to the shelter facility, for women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Their intention has long been to redevelop YW Sheriff King Home, as the current facility was rapidly approaching the end of its lifecycle. The Sheriff King Home redevelopment will allow the organization to better meet the needs of women and children and support them as they take steps to breaking the cycle of abuse.

YW Calgary is proud to partner with the Willow Park Charity Golf Classic on the building of an inclusive and beautiful playground to be named Willow Park for the hundreds of children who will call this place home.

This project is currently underway: Sheriff King - YW Calgary.

To learn more about YW Calgary, please visit YWcalgary.ca or call Jaclyn Krucik, Senior Development Officer, at 403-705-0138. 

Get involved in the Charity Golf Classic

  1. Donate: The Classic committee welcomes items for the Live and Silent Auction valued above $250.
  2. Sponsor: A variety of sponsorship levels are available. Click here for sponsorship Information.
  3. Play: The playing field for the Classic is full. Please contact Jennifer Davison to be placed on the waiting list.
  4. Volunteer: To volunteer on the Committee or during the event contact Jennifer Davison.

Willow Park Charity Golf Classic Recipient Application Process

Our 2024 application will be coming soon, please check back here or follow us on social media where we will communicate when the application is available.

Charity Classic Committee     

Jennifer Davison

Eileen Anderson
Directors' Representative

Don Bannerman 
Treasurer / Selection Committee / Sponsors Day

Katrina Bradley
Selection Committee / Governance

Linda Gagne
On-Course Food / Sponsors' Day

Shawna McGovern-Burke
Volunteers / Governance

Lisa Streu
Secretary / Selection Committee

Jerry Sturko
Sponsorship / Signage

Rob Ward
Media / Marketing

Diana Wennerstrom
Auctions Coordinator / Selection Committee

Cal Wenzel

Wayne Fairbairn
WP Operations Manager and Executive Professional

Stu Chan
WP Head Golf Professional

Herb Hardowa
WP Food Services

Margaret Pigeon 
WP Management

Audited Financial Statements:


Recipients of the Charity Classic

2022 CUPS Calgary $610,000
2021 Calgary Reads $505,000
2019 Pacekids Programs $445,000
2018 Calgary Counselling Centre $700,000
2017 Children’s Hospital Foundation Kid Sim Program  $433,000
2016  Distress Centre Calgary  $410,000
2015  Fresh Start Recover Centre  $520,000
2014  Calgary Meals on Wheels  $572,000
2013  Impact Society of Calgary  $499,000
2012  The Alex Youth Health Centre  $531,000
2011  Bethany Care Society  $535,000
2010  Kids Cancer Care Foundation, Camp Kindle  $450,000
2009  Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI)  $490,000
2008  Calgary Homeless Foundation  $485,000
2007  Renfrew Educational Services  $490,000
2006  Calgary Land Trust / Habitat for Humanity  $600,000
2005  Discovery House / Calgary Foundation  $505,000
2004  Rotary Challenger Park / Calgary Foundation  $535,000
2003  Calgary Foundation  $500,000
2002  Hospice Calgary / Calgary Foundation  $400,000
2001  The Vocational & Rehabilitation Research Institute / Calgary Foundation  $350,000
2000  Woods Homes / Calgary Foundation  $325,000
1999  Salvation Army Children's Village  $280,000
1998  Alberta Adolescent Recovery Center  $250,000
1997  Epilepsy Association of Calgary  $135,000
1996  Calgary Urban Project Society  $125,000
1995  Canadian National Institute for the Blind  $125,000
1994  William Roper Hull Child & Family Services  $100,000
1993  Alberta Lung Association, Calgary Division  $90,000
1992  S.T.A.R.S. Rescue Ambulance  $90,000
1991  Juvenile Diabetes Association  $60,000
1990  Illetis & Colitis Association  $55,000
1989  Make a Child's Dream Come True  $35,000
1988  Crime Stoppers  $25,000

Total  $12.2 million