Charity Classic an easy sell for Decor 0
By Lorne Stelmach
Now in its ninth year, the Decor Cabinets Charity Classic has such a solid track record of success, the golf tournament fundraiser sells itself.
"This year, we sold out the earliest we have ever ... we sold out over two months in advance," spokesperson Dave Schellenberg commented recently.
"So it shows there is a lot of commitment, not only from the suppliers but a lot from the local community as well."
Decor has hosted the annual Charity Classic since 2004, and through the generosity of sponsors, golfers and prize donors, the fundraiser has brought in over $590,000.
Last year, it raised about $60,000, and Schellenberg said they anticipate it will do at least about the same this year.
All proceeds from this tournament will once again be divided equally among four worthwhile charities with Decor Cabinet Company matching half of the all net proceeds.
The event continues to support its three base charities while starting two years ago it has added a fourth charity that changes each year. The three main charities will again be Youth for Christ Morden, Pembina Counselling Centre and the Pembina Valley Pregnancy Care Centre.
Youth for Christ Morden exists to assist in mobilizing the Christian community to reach lost youth and to do so by all possible means. Its desire is to model Christ as best we can to give them that example.
Pembina Counselling Centre is a fee for service non-profit counselling centre with professionally trained counselors. They believe everyone needs hope for long-term happiness and that such hope is available. No one will be turned away due to their inability to pay.
And the Pembina Valley Pregnancy Care Centre honours Christ by providing compassionate support for the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of anyone impacted by pregnancy. It is a life-affirming, non-profit ministry.
Schellenberg noted they support these agencies on a monthly basis also, and he suggested they fit in well with the company values and commitment.
"We've always kind of viewed the organizations as fitting with the different areas of life," he commented.
"We've been supporters of worldwide missions as well but it shows our commitment to the local community ... and wanting to help keep money here and help out local organizations."
The fourth charity added this year is the Family Life Network. FLN is a team of multicultural creative storytellers sharing Jesus Christ and his teachings around the world through media production inviting everyone to a lasting relationship with God that results in authentic life transformation.
In the previous two years, the fourth charities were Opportunity International and Mully Children's Foundation. Opportunity International is a non-profit microfinance organization providing small business loans, savings, insurance and training to entrepreneurs in the developing world. And Mully Children's Foundation is a non-profit making, non-political, non-governmental Christian organization founded by Dr. Ev. Charles and Esther Mulli that has witnessed more than 6,000 children being successfully rehabilitated and graduate over the last 20 years.
And the guest speaker this year will be Herb Buller, who is no stranger to the business world.
As co-founder of Kitchen Craft Canada and current chairman of Norcraft Canada, he has spent over 50 years building up successful businesses worth hundreds of millions in sales.
While he enjoyed the challenge of growing a business, Herb's passion was in interacting with people, especially the employees in his companies.
He has not just survived but has thrived despite facing the challenges of working with multiple business partners, running a family business, economic downturns and even cancer.
"He's a very well known guy ... an interesting speaker. He shares a lot of our values," said Schellenberg, who noted it is interesting as well that his background is with a competitor company.
"It shows that we aren't just competitors," he said.
"If you have a common cause ... it doesn't matter what position you have or what you are outside of that."
The event takes place Friday, August 17 at the Minnewasta Golf and Country Club, and the only thing that impact the event now would be the weather. Even that, however, hasn't failed them yet.
"We've never been rained out before," Schellenberg noted. "People have told me they scheduled their vacation around the tournament because it's always good weather."