Although they made significantly less from their annual golf tournament this year, staff and volunteers at the Qualicum Beach Museum couldn’t be happier with the result.
The tournament, held the weekend of June 4 at the Arrowsmith Golf Course, raised roughly $23,000 for the facility, said past-president Art Skipsey.
“That’s about $7,000 less than last year, but we are very pleased with the result because it’s a different climate this year,” Skipsey said. “As well, the weather was a factor, because with these things you need to book pretty far in advance and people don’t want to do that because they don’t want to go out in the rain.”
Another factor in the lower take, Skipsey said, could have been the ongoing saga with the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins.
“We were a little bit anxious about the hockey game, but we had four screens up and it added to the atmosphere,” he said. “A number wore jerseys and got into the spirit of it. It was a very good fellowship — and we did see the winning goal.”
Skipsey said the tournament — the third annual — was the most well-organized.
“This was the best run one yet,” he said. “It gives best bang for the buck and people get very good value. We said we wanted to have everyone home by 9 p.m. and we were able to get them through by 8:05.”
The funds raised were to be split between the museum’s regular operating expenses and their ongoing campaign to raise funds for a major new addition to the facility. The lower take, Skipsey said, means the staff and volunteers will just have to work a little harder in future.
“It’s vital to us because it’s costing us more to run the museum,” he said. “That’s partly because of taxes and as well the activity level has stepped up, with more people coming. That’s a good thing, but expensive.”
Future museum fundraisers, Skipsey said, include a historical theatre presentation in July by a troupe from Bamberton.
“Last year, Qualicum Beach was the most successful part of the tour and this year we are going to extend it to two nights, so we can limit the number of people so everyone can see and hear.”
Check out future editions of The News for more details.