Willow Park Charity Golf Classic

The Willow Park Charity Golf Classic is back this year stronger than ever! After the cancellation of our 2020 tournament, we are resolved to helping local causes that need us now more than ever. We are pleased to support our 2021 tournament beneficiary Calgary Reads, a charity that through a culture of reading, puts children on a path for success in school and in life

Each year, the Classic committee members work in partnership with the selected 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 committee members and volunteers who work so hard to put the tournament together, to the sponsors and participants who so generously give. It’s a proud collective effort.

Thank you!

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. The 2021 proceeds from the Willow Park Golf Charity Classic will support Calgary Reads.

About Calgary Reads

Once upon a time . . . we asked ourselves a question: What if every child had the opportunity to read with confidence and joy? We imagined a world in which all children can access the essentials to become a thriving reader—quality resources, immersion in a culture of reading  and adults with the will and skills to be strong reading role models.  

Ours is a story of collaboration with corporate supporters and educators, volunteers and families, all working toward building a vibrant reading community. Through our programs, Book Bank, community reading places and the Little Red Reading House, we are inspiring a love of reading in the home.  

To deliver these mighty programs and help set children up for success in school and in life, we work as One Team. This is our superpower—giving us strength and agility to unite passionate supporters and help more children experience the life-changing magic of reading. 

“Every child deserves the chance to read with confidence and joy.”

To learn more about Calgary Reads, please visit www.calgaryreads.com 

Get involved in the Charity Golf Classic

  1. Donate: The Classic committee welcomes items for the Live and Silent Auction valued above $250.
    Calgary Reads Donation Form. The Donation Form is also available at the Club office. 
  2. Sponsor: A variety of sponsorship levels are available. 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.

Willow Park Charity Golf Classic Recipient Application Process

The process of selecting the recipient charity for the Willow Park Charity Golf Classic will begin in January 2021. Interested charities can apply by filling out the application form found below and emailing the completed form to wpcccharityapplications@gmail.com no later than Friday April 23rd, 2021. 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.


Charity Classic Committee     

Chris Burgess

Eileen Anderson
Directors' 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
WP Operations Manager and Executive Professional

Herb Hardowa
WP Food Services

Margaret Pigeon 
WP Management

Audited Financial Statements:


Recipients of the Charity Classic

2021 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