Committee members of the Wine

Committee members of the Wine

Tourney tees up record funds

Wine, Women and Woods raises $101,000 for breast cancer, next event for the cause Run for the Cure

Despite fewer participants on the greens, a record amount of funds was raised at the recent Wine, Women and Woods event.

The 10th annual golf tournament raised $101,000 at the Vernon Golf and Country Club Sept. 7 and 8.

“This is the most we’ve ever raised,” said Deb MacPherson, committee member, adding that there were less than 100 golfers at the event.

The funds will benefit breast cancer research and treatment for North Okanagan women, as the funds are used locally.

Along with purchasing a high-resolution film scanner for Vernon Jubilee Hospital, the money will fund a UBC-Okanagan research scientist’s work in determining why young women are struck with breast cancer.

“It’s all done locally here, so it’s not like it’s going to the coffers in Vancouver,” said MacPherson.

This year’s funds bring the total amount raised to $600,000 over the past decade, which benefits the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – BC/Yukon region and VJH.

While the funds raised are a major part of the tournament, it is also a great ladies-only event, said MacPherson.

“It’s a lot of fun. Seeing the smiles on the ladies faces is amazing.”

Locally, and nationally, efforts are underway to raise money for the next big breast cancer event – the CIBC Run for the Cure.

The run, which gets underway in Vernon Sept, 30 at Clarence Fulton will see hundreds supporting those who are struggling with breast cancer, and in memory of those who lost their fight.

It’s a cause that has touched MacPherson’s family, not once, not twice, but three times – which is why she will also be taking part in the Run for the Cure.

“One of my cousins was diagnosed for the second time so we’re all going to get together and try to support her.”

And they will also be fundraising and running in memory of a battle that was lost to cancer.

“Her mom passed away of cancer. Her mom fought cancer all her life and now she (MacPherson’s cousin) ends up with the same cancer she had.”

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