65 Roses Ladies Golf Classic Benefits CF Canada

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by Marisa Wexler, MS |

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The Calgary and Southern Alberta Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada has announced that this year’s 65 Roses Ladies Golf Classic, a women-only golf tournament to raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis (CF), will take place Sept. 13 at Earl Grey Golf Club in Calgary.

The event offers an opportunity to network, celebrate, and golf at one of the oldest and most prestigious golf courses in Calgary. There are sponsorship opportunities available for this year’s event, and organizers are seeking donations of prizes and auction items.

Registration for the event is available at this CF Canada webpage.

This is the 32nd Annual 65 Roses Ladies Golf Classic, which, in addition to being an important fundraiser, is the longest-running women’s only golf tournament in Calgary. In its prior 31 years, the event has raised more than 1.2 million Canadian dollars (about $952,000 U.S.) to support the roughly 4,200 people with CF who live in Canada.

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“Money raised at fundraising events is strongly relied on to support medical research, clinical care and advocacy efforts for individuals living with cystic fibrosis,” Kristina Jakeman, Alberta fund development associate at Cystic Fibrosis Canada, said in a press release.

Last year, the event was hosted under strict guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the onset of the pandemic, many nonprofits, including Cystic Fibrosis Canada, have struggled to host fundraising events. The Calgary and Southern Alberta Chapter has had to cancel more than a dozen such events in the past year-and-a-half, with a consequent decrease in funds raised.

This year, some of the stricter restrictions have been revised with the intent of allowing the tournament to maintain a more relaxed atmosphere. Nonetheless, several of the features added for safety in 2020 — such as scheduled tee times, boxed lunches, video recorded guest speakers, and online silent auction and raffles — are being kept this year, because they were so effective at last year’s event.

“Technology assisted us in holding a safe and successful event in 2020. The lessons we learned are now making us a new and improved event for 2021 and going forward,” said Debbie Carver, event co-chair.

“We are glad to be able to ensure a safe and respectful environment where everyone can have fun and give back to their community,” Carver added.