Friends of Tulameen help ‘raise the roof’

The village of Tulameen IS the little town that could!

The first annual Friends of Tulameen Golf Tournament held Aug. 25 at the Princeton Golf Course was a huge success!  Everyone had fun, prizes galore, winery sponsorship, limited edition wine glasses and lots of laughs!  Best of all, the tournament raised $17,000 for the Tulameen Community Club’s ‘Raise The Roof’ project.

Earlier this year, the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen, working with The Tulameen Community Club, submitted an application for a Provincial Government grant that had been made available for capital projects for recreation in BC.  The grant had a long list of criteria that the successful applicant would have to meet.  The application was studied, compiled, edited, re-edited, finally completed, submitted…. And awarded!  The RDOS received a grant for $240,000 to construct a roof over the existing outdoor arena in Tulameen earlier this year.  “Raise The Roof” project had begun!

The funding was based on a budget for just the roof and the engineering and site prep that it would require.  In order to have a facility that would be able to host hockey tournaments, there would need to be change rooms, a score clock, penalty boxes and bleachers with safety glass.  The Tulameen Community Club has been holding fundraisers for the Raise The Roof project to supplement the RDOS grant to make this facility in Tulameen truly one of a kind outdoor experience in BC!

For the Friends of Tulameen golf tournament, a hired bus came to Tulameen at 11 a.m., picked up a full load of cheery folks with their golf clubs and delivered them to the golf course.  There was plenty of time to get registered, purchase your ‘mulligans’, collect your golfers bag which included personalized tees and ball marker, Hester Creek coupon for each golfer and a snack for the course.  Tee off for a shotgun start was at 1 p.m., the tournament was a best ball format.  Golfers were able to enjoy all 18 of the sponsored holes, but especially nice on a hot August day was the 10th hole where Okanagan Spring had supplied ice cold beer for every golfer.

Back at the clubhouse, chef Peter was individually grilling steaks to each golfer’s satisfaction and had prepared a feast to go along with it.  Prizes were being awarded and every golfer got to go home with a bottle of wine from one of several Okanagan wineries and a specially designed commemorative wine glass, etched with the Friends of Tulameen logo.

Weeks and weeks of preparation went into planning this tournament, organizers Mark and Barb Jones from Tulameen deserve a very hearty thank you for an amazing event.  At the end of the evening, Mark Jones presented Mardi Hassell, president of The Tulameen Community Club, with a cheque in the amount of $17,000.  A hearty round of applause erupted – everyone agreed that this event had been so much fun, they didn’t realize that there would be such a big bonus at the end!  It looks like the rink in Tulameen will have a score clock after all.

Tulameen also hosted an outdoor dance earlier in August, where rock and rollers could dance the night away in the fresh air!  Organizers Brenda Upton, Deb Schwarz and Judi Hassell pulled together a fun evening on Aug. 11 and put another $3700 in the coffers towards the rink.

Many, many folks have been supporting the Raise The Roof project in Tulameen.  The Tulameen Community Club would like to thank everyone who has generously provided the capital, donated their time, helped with planning and conceptualization, dealing with paperwork and meeting the officials, and heading up events to raise the capital to see this project through.  This is a huge undertaking for volunteers, but the village of Tulameen IS the little town that could!

The RDOS estimates that the Raise The Roof project will be underway next spring and completed by fall.