ON LINE BIDDING STARTS AT 9 A.M. TUESDAY!!!
FROM THIS YEAR’S EVENT IN EARLY SEPTEMBER
Lou Legault slowly got out of a golf cart last week and sauntered to his golf shot off the third hole at the Edmonton Country Club. Middle of the fairway, of course.
The warm afternoon sun was a sliver-like blanket over the par four, which has the North Saskatchewan River flowing just off to the east. A stunning view of the city’s expanding downtown skyline was clearly in view.
Lou’s good friend Bill Howard was playing in the foursome, along with Edmonton Country Club general manager Alan Carter and former NHL goaltender and current Calgary Flames television colour man, Kelly Hrudey.
“What a wonderful day,” Lou said as he gripped his club for his approach shot on a course he had never played on.
“What a great experience.”
Lou’s wife was the highest bidder at last year’s ATCO Edmonton Sun Charity Auction for him and a guest to join Kelly and Alan for a round of golf. Kelly drove up from his Calgary home for the event and had car trouble en route.
Alan, who ended the afternoon with an impressive six birdies, contributed golf, course beverages and dinner after.
“Kelly was very engaging and the fact we could get to know one another on the golf course was great,” Lou said. “Experiences provide an opportunity that likely would be unavailable to the average person. It’s a different way to meet people and allows you to participate in something that you already enjoy or try something new and out of the box that you might not otherwise, while helping your charity.”
The was the second time Kelly and the country club teamed up for the auction, which funds the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, Catholic Social Services and Adopt-A-Teen.
Lou heard about the auction through word of mouth. Then one night, over dinner, he dropped a subtle hint to his wife about the golf experience.
“I didn’t think she really took me seriously,” Lou said. “But she actually placed a bid and kept it a secret for nine months and surprised me with the experience for my birthday.
“My wife did say the bidding process was very easy.”
Consider that a ringing endorsement.
Because, it’s that time again, folks: I’m thrilled to carry on Sun columnist Graham Hicks’ legacy he began in the early 1990s as an afternoon telethon on Shaw Cable to raise funds for the Christmas Bureau.
Since then, it has grown and thousands of items have been contributed and hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for the Christmas Bureau and other charities.
We’re going to add to it when this year’s auction hits the web Oct. 31. Our auction co-ordinator Nic Good and I have set a goal to gather 100 experiences for this year’s auction.
Nic reports we’re close to 50 so far.
But … we want to grow. And we’re asking readers to help us.
If you know of an inside, behind-the-scenes experience … if you have a pretty cool job and would like to share it with someone … if you know of someone who could open a door for us, please contact me.
The best email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And through your experience, we will, hopefully, give someone an unforgettable Christmas experience. And, one never knows what that could lead to.
Alan and Kelly agreed to put up another round of golf at the Country Club next year. Kelly has an autobiography, Calling The Shots, coming out Oct. 24.
He just might have a copy when he comes to play golf next year.
See? Experiences do keep getting better.