Vancouver is a town with a healthy community of “Charitable Golfers” – those who love the game, and love a chance to combine that with fun events to benefit charitable organizations.
“The key is to keep it loose, not get too competitive out there, and to channel any frustration you encounter into digging deep for a great cause.”
Langlois is an annual participant in one of the most popular of the year’s charitable golfing events – the Ryan and Lucas Johansen Charity Golf Classic, organized to benefit the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation.
“Another key is to have a little bit of star power,” says Langlois. “It’s great to have local guys from the NHL agree to sponsor this. They can add a few other attractions to the regularly scheduled golf tournament, and that can really ramp up the participation. And the benefit goes directly to Eagle Ridge Hospital.”
This year, Ryan Johansen, who played for the Predators in Nashville, Tennessee, helped to organize the events, bringing country artists Eric Van Houten and Heath Warren to perform at a concert dubbed “A Night in Nashville.”
“Ironically, Ryan was traded to the Avalanche a few weeks after the tournament. But we’re glad we got the country music show in before he left.”
Lyle reports that Ryan’s brother, Lucas, has also had a great run recently.
“We were so proud to be in attendance to watch Lucas win the Calder Cup this year as a member of the Hershey Bears,” says Langlois. “He was really a hero, he had a great blocked shot at the end of that championship game. Now he’s earned a spot on the Capitals and will hopefully have a long NHL career, just like his brother.”
Langlois has organized events for several charities in the Lower Mainland, including the Classic and Contemporary Car Show to benefit Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. But he says there’s nothing quite like the appeal of doing great deeds for charity while being in a place he loves – the golf course.
This past July, at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club, a lot of avid golfers like Langlois felt the same way, helping to raise over $264,000 for Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation.
“They raised around the same amount last year, so this tournament is having sustained success. It’s a great event to be a part of, and I’m glad to hear the Johansens are planning to extend their sponsorship well into the future.”
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