Kim Bauer of the Elkford Women’s Task Force Society giving a speech at the fourth bi-annual Bearspaw Contracting ‘Community First’ Society golf tournament and gala event in Elkford and Fernie in 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Kim Bauer of the Elkford Women’s Task Force Society giving a speech at the fourth bi-annual Bearspaw Contracting ‘Community First’ Society golf tournament and gala event in Elkford and Fernie in 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Local golf tournament and gala brings in $300k for local charities

The money will go to Angel Flight East Kootenay and Elk Valley Safe Homes

A June fundraising gala and golf tournament in the Elk Valley brought in $300,000 for Elk Valley Safe Homes and Angel Flight East Kootenay.

The event was put on by the Bearspaw Contracting ‘Community First’ Society in Elkford and Fernie on June 16 and 17.

Thursday’s gala took place at the Elkford Community Conference Centre and saw about 300 people in attendance, including former NHL players. The golf tournament took place the next day at the Fernie Golf Club.

A media release from Ian Benson, owner of Bearspaw Contracting, says the society would like to thank everyone involved in making the event happen.

“The evening was full of laughs and entertainment,” the release says.

The $300,000 will be split between Angel Flight East Kootenay and the Elkford Women’s Task Force Society’s Elk Valley Safe Homes.

In addition, about $20,000 was also raised earlier in the year in conjunction with the Sparwood Lions Club for Angel Flight East Kootenay, the release says.

“We look forward to another great event in 2024​!”

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