May 23 2013  |  Associations

Whistler golf tournament raises $25,000 for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundatio

By Ryan White

 (from left) Sherri Gidney Isherwood (Pernod Ricard), Laurie D. Karson (FDFA) and Anka Raskin (CBCF)

The Frontier Duty Free Association (FDFA) and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) – BC/Yukon Region (CBCF) have announced the tremendous fundraising success of the 1st Annual Duty Free Golf Tournament in Whistler, BC. The event raised CAD$25,000 in support of a future without breast cancer.

Co-sponsored by the FDFA and Pernod Ricard Americas Travel Retail, the May 9 event saw over 70 participants at the Chateau Whistler Golf Resort. The event was held in memory of Lori Watson, a well-loved colleague within the industry who passed away last June from breast cancer. Lori was the Canadian Duty Free Supplier Representative from Pernod Ricard.

Laurie Karson, Executive Director of the FDFA, commented on the event: “We could not be more thrilled with the generosity of our duty free members in raising so much money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2012, we lost so many in our industry to cancer, and Lori Watson’s loss was extremely difficult for so many. To be able to give back to a foundation that is dedicated to a future without breast cancer is a tremendous honor.”

Fundraising activities in support of CBCF included a contribution from event registration, a silent auction and a spontaneous live auction involving participants challenging each other to donate to the cause.

“In the first year of this event, CBCF is thrilled with the tremendous fundraising results and commitment to the breast cancer cause. We look forward to a successful partnership for years to come, and thank all involved for their support,” says Wendy Slavin, CEO, CBCF – BC/Yukon Region.

As most readers will well know, the FDFA represents Canada’s land border duty free stores. For more information on the organization, please visit www.dutyfreecanada.com.

About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – BC/Yukon Region

The CBCF is the leading community-drivenorganization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer.  CBCF’s investments in innovative and relevant research and education have led to progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Since 1986, the Foundation has been at the forefront of a nationwide movement supporting and advocating for the breast cancer community. Find out more at www.cbcf.org.

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