A trio of events will not only play a key role in fundraising for improvements in the Girl Guides' Camp Jubilee, but they continue to be spirited community events.
During a Feb. 26 luncheon, the Cochrane Rotary Club explained how the annual Monumental Tournament of Aces, an enhanced Great Cochrane Outhouse Race and the latest of in the Legacy charity series will help the Girl Guides continue to reach their goal of enhancing Camp Jubilee in the heart of Cochrane along the Bow River.
The service organization has made a commitment to raise funds for a new gateway into the heavily utilized Girl Guide camp as well as aid in the construction of a new natural accessible playground. The camp's playground was destroyed by the Flood of 2013 and the Girl Guides took a long and hard look at what the design of the new playground before including it in a three-phase plan.
Fifty per cent of the proceeds from the annual Monumental Tournament of Aces and 100 per cent of the proceeds from the other two events will go a long way in helping complete these initiatives.
Alex Baum and the contribution he has made to Cochrane will be celebrated at the third in a series of legacy charity events to recognize community builders, created by Dan Kroffat. Previous events were held to honour publisher Jack Tennant and Flames trainer Bearcat Murray
Ever humbled, Baum says he lost a little faith in Kroffat when asked to be the centre of the Legacy event.
"I'm not good at that," says Baum. "I would prefer it's somebody else but for a cause like this we all have to move out of comfort zone and so I if I can help in any way to make this project success it's a good thing."
Baum, who heads the club's community committee, says the Rotarians are always on the lookout for worthy local causes to support and the club is rallying behind the Camp Jubilee because its important role in the lives of young girls but also because it's an almost forgotten part of our community.
Originally created by the Kimmet Family, the Monumental Tournament Aces is now being spearheaded by the Rotary Club. It's an event that centres upon fun and charity by bringing together golfers, non-golfers and wannabe golfers to the Links of GlenEagle.
Rotarian Lynn Thomson says the Tournament of Aces is a golf tournament like no other with a series of creative and fun-loving challenges along the way. There's also silent and live auction and raffles.
Last year's tournament raised $81,000 and in 11 years it has raised over $1 million.
Dan Kroffat wants to take the Great Cochrane Outhouse Race to a new level and make it an international event that will put Cochrane on the map while raising substantial funds for Camp Jubilee.
"We'd like to take the Outhouses Races to a level never seen before. This could be the biggest event in town this year."
The date will be moved up from its traditional time slot of the last weekend of September. In addition, he expects the event to draw the attention of Calgary media and has been in discussions with them.
Further details are expected to be announced in the near future.
Arzmund Teja, Girl Guides commissioner for the Calgary region, says they're thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club and along the way has come to appreciate the value system Girl Guides share with the Rotarians.
"We are thrilled to have the Rotary's involvement, not only because they are a fabulous organization that shares similar values but also because they are such an integral part of the community and we believe big time in community. Our girls are part of these neighborhoods and so it's lovely to have that same sort of community feel come to our organization."
In introducing the presentation, acting president Dr. Tom Wilk believes these shared values will go a long way in ensuring the project's success.
"The other neat thing about it is we're touching young lives," said Wilk. "In this digital age that we all live in, it's so hard to get outdoor engagement and camping experience. This camp is pretty strategic in the first introduction to camping for young girls."
The camp was established in 1969 and is celebrating its 50th year of serving Girl Guides throughout the Calgary in addition to other community initiatives and social special events.
Last summer, its new team adventure park was completed. The next phase of the upgrade is a new $550,000 natural playground and construction will commence when funds are in place. The final phase is an amphitheatre.
Over $225,000 in Community Enhancement Grants Presented