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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. 

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 $11.1 million to Calgary charities. This year proceeds from the Willow Park Golf Charity Classic will support Calgary Reads.

About Calgary Reads: Literacy is a basic human right. Children who struggle to read by the end of grade 3 are at great risk for low self-esteem, learning challenges and high school non-completion leading to a variety of negative life-outcomes. Strong reading skills lead to higher education, earnings, and social capital. The ability to read well is a building block for self-sufficiency and full engagement in family and community life in adulthood. 

Calgary Reads is a vibrant, multifaceted reading movement. We are an early-literacy initiative acting as a bridge between home, school and community. We create communities where reading matters and where our children are equipped to become thriving and productive members. We create positive change in literacy outcomes for children by:

  • Offering programs and initiatives to help schools, parents, businesses, and communities create literacy-rich environments,
  • Placing books into the hands and homes of young children who have few or none of their own.
  • Providing learning opportunities for educators and parents.

We opened the Children’s Reading Place in 2017, a heritage home in Inglewood that celebrates the joy of families reading together and inspires valuing books, making time for reading, and creating special reading places at home, in schools, and in community. 

“Every child deserves the chance to read with confidence and joy. Calgary Reads
and our collaborative partners are making it happen!”

To learn more about Calgary Reads, please visit their website.

Get involved in the 2020 Charity Golf Classic

  1. Donate: The Classic committee welcomes items for the Live and Silent Auction valued above $250.
    2020 Calgary Reads Donation Form. The Donation Form is also available at the Club office. 
  2. Sponsor: A variety of sponsorship levels are available. 2020 Sponsorship Information.
  3. Play: The playing field for the Classic is full. Please contact Chris Burgess to be placed on the waiting list. Cost is $4,000 per team plus a donation to the selected charity. 
  4. Volunteer: To volunteer on the Committee or during the event contact Chris Burgess.

2021 Willow Park Charity Golf Classic Recipient Application Process

The process of selecting the recipient charity for the 2021 Willow Park Charity Golf Classic will begin in January 2020. Interested charities can apply by filling out the application form found below and emailing the completed form to wpcccharityapplications@gmail.com by no later than Friday, April 24th, 2020. If there are questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the email above and we would be happy to help. Thank you for your interest in partnering with us.

2021 Application

2020 Charity Golf Classic Dates: 

Tuesday, July 14th
Sponsor’s Shotgun & Opening Reception.
Spouses Welcome.

Wednesday, July 15th
Breakfast & First Round.
Fellowship Dinner. Silent and Live Auction.

Thursday, July 16th
Breakfast & Final Round.
Closing Dinner. Presentation & Awards.

2020 Charity Classic Committee     

Chris Burgess

Eileen Anderson
Director’s Representative

Don Bannerman 
Treasurer / Selection Committee

Katrina Bradley
Selection Committee / Governance

Jennifer Davison
Sponsors Day

Linda Gagne
Secretary / On-Course Food

Shawna McGovern-Burke

Jerry Sturko
Sponsorship / Signage

Rob Ward

Diana Wennerstrom
Auctions Coordinator / Selection Committee

Russ Girling

Cal Wenzel

Wayne Fairbairn
Head Golf Professional and Manager of Operations

Herb Hardowa
WP Food Services

Margaret Pigeon 
WP Management

Audited Financial Statements:


Recipients of the Charity Classic

2020 Calgary Reads
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  $11.1 million