Spartan Controls Ltd. hosted its 17th annual Executive Skins Charity Golf Tournament at Stewart Creek in Canmore Monday, August 31, in support of four deserving children’s charities.
Organized and sponsored by Spartan, executives from across the oil and gas and other process industries came together for a day of networking and golf - competing for several thousand dollars in skins with all proceeds going to Dreams Take Flight, EducationMatters, Even Start, and The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation. While several aspects of the annual tournament were toned down for the times, support levels for these valued charities in our community remained strong.
“Given the challenging times we are currently facing, it is as important this year as any to support these types of charities and keep connected among the executives in the industries we serve,” said Mike Begin, President of Spartan Controls. “It was also clear that our customers care about great causes such as these, while enjoying the format and approach we took with this outing. Even more inspiring, we saw several of our executive customers step up further by adding significant amounts personally to the charity contributions.”
About the Charities
Dreams Take Flight arranges for admittance to Disney’s Magic Kingdom for children with special needs, who are terminally and chronically ill, mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally challenged. Originally started in Toronto in 1989, the Dreams Take Flight planning, organizing and fundraising is done by employees from all departments from Air Canada on their own time and a volunteer basis.
EducationMatters is a non-profit organization that was established in 2003 to reach out to the Calgary community to support non-core education enhancement programs and initiatives for Calgary’s public education students. The organization is focused on supporting literacy, career and life skill development, leadership, and civic engagement. In 2007 alone, over 50,000 students and their families in Calgary have benefited as a result of contributions through EducationMatters.
Even Start is an early intervention program for children three to five years of age born into hardship. The organization strives to give these children the same opportunities as those available to their peers, providing them the best possible start in life. Even Start is dedicated to helping children and families through programs that advance optimal child development, advance children’s emotional, physical and intellectual health, increase children’s safety, and link families with their communities for more positive family outcomes.
The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation’s mission is the prevention of depression related suicide in young people. The Dennehy’s, through the foundation, are helping those who suffer from depression, as well as their families and friends, by helping them better understand the disease. The Foundation has led many fundraising activities directed at funding research and programs aimed at positively increasing awareness of issues related to depression and young people.