At 4:51 a.m. on June 19, 2017, golfers Michael Pepper, Richard McGivern, Rob Wagemakers, Jamie Perkins and Terry O’Neill ventured out onto the Stewart Creek Golf Course to raise funds in support of the Higher Ground Women’s Emergency Shelter & Transitional Housing Project.

Their 100 Holes of Help fundraising initiative started in 2015 when the Stewart Creek Golf Club members decided to attempt 100 holes on the longest day of the year. With this ambitious plan, they wanted to benefit a local charity, selecting the YWCA Banff’s Bow Valley Emergency Shelter as the beneficiary of the event. In the first year they golfed 144 holes in one day, starting at 5 a.m. and finishing at 10:30 p.m., collectively raising more than $25,000 for the cause. The following year in 2016, they surpassed their own goal by golfing 198 holes, golfing continuously for 17 hours and 39 minutes.

This year, we’re thrilled to report that the dedicated Stewart Creek team golfed a whopping 200 holes, with a total of 3,840 strokes over 17 hours and 42 minutes! Their efforts raised over $32,000, which will be used towards the realization of the YWCA’s Higher Ground Project. YWCA Banff is grateful for their support and dedication to helping Bow Valley women and their children escape violence.

Doubling the Impact

A historic relationship between the Rotary Club of Canmore and the YWCA Banff has been formed in support of the Higher Ground Women’s Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Project, pledging $241,422 from their half of the sale of Rotary House. Rotary Club of Canmore also recommended that these funds be set up as a matching grant pool of funds so that individual Rotarians, community members, and community organizations be given the opportunity to make contributions to this project and have their contributions matched from the Rotary House proceeds funds, effectively doubling their impact. Their commitment to doubling the impact of donations means a total of $64,000 was raised from 100 Holes of Help in 2017.