Congrats to the Grand Master Champions of On The Lawn 2015 — Team Rolex!
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The 2015 On The Lawn Champions – Team Rolex (from L to R): Craig Simla, Charmaine Simla, Jody Serviss, Dustin Serviss
On The Lawn has raised $11,600 for local charity Elevation Outdoors.
Bringing lawn bowling to a younger generation to raise money for charity
Date: August 14, 2015
Kelowna, BC — A local lawn bowling tournament for young professionals, On The Lawn powered by BDO, has raised $11,600 for Elevation Outdoors. The out-of-the-box event is a first for Kelowna. Twenty teams of four bowled it out for three consecutive weeks at the Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club in City Park.
Elevation Outdoors enhances the lives of underprivileged youth through a number of outdoor sports such as snowboarding, sailing, and mountain biking. Programs are offered to eligible youth free of charge as the organization believes that no young person should be denied the potential to discover an outdoor sport or pursuit that can help keep him or her motivated, healthy, and happy.
Tori Hanson, Founder of Elevation Outdoors said, “It’s been pretty amazing how much exposure our organization has had from being associated with On The Lawn. It’s really cool to see so many young people stoked to be out there bowling each week, having a good time, getting dressed up and all for a worthy cause like helping and empowering local youth.”
Hanson went on to say, “The financial impact is huge for us, too. On The Lawn has given us a big boost and could constitute upwards of 8% of our yearly budget. This is one of the best collaborations we have had to date and we are very thankful of this special event.”
Mike Greer, Executive Director of Elevation Outdoors explained, “Some of the money raised will go towards our brand new rock climbing program launching this Fall. The rest will help us buy a new van that will be used to take the kids up to Big White or out to rock climbing destinations.” Each sports program, whether it’s snowboarding, sailing or climbing, focuses on a weekly life skill such as resilience, teamwork, and trust. “We will be looking to impact up to 60 youth per year and will continue to expand that as our organisation grows,” said an enthusiastic Greer.
The Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club has been in operation since 1909 — which is only four years after Kelowna was officially declared a city. Typically seen as a sport for the elderly, On The Lawn has brought lawn bowling to a younger, hipper crowd. Daylin Mantyka Co-Director of On The Lawn said, “Our event was a huge success and we’re humbled by the praise we received. We were blown away by how much our attendees loved to lawn bowl and got behind our drive to raise money for Elevation Outdoors. The atmosphere at the Lawn Bowling Club has been electric each week and many of the regular members said that they’ve never seen so many people bowl at one time.”
Accounting firm, BDO has committed to being On The Lawn’s Presenting Sponsor for a total of three years. “BDO is thrilled to join forces with On The Lawn to bring this exciting new community event to young Kelowna professionals. We are confident this fresh and unique tournament will quickly become a much anticipated yearly event. The tie-in with a worthy youth-focused cause like Elevation Outdoors made for a perfect alignment for BDO in our efforts to support and enhance the communities in which we do business,” added Mike Gilmore, BDO, Office Managing Partner.
About On The Lawn
Designed for young professionals in Kelowna, On The Lawn brings three evenings of entertainment, networking and socializing in the form of a lawn bowling tournament and finale party. Starting July 30th, they invite Okanagan fun-seekers to step back in time, roll some bowls, sip a cool beverage, and have a truly awesome time.
20 teams of four will bowl it out each week. On The Lawn will provide bowls, music, BBQ, wine, beer, and cocktails, all at Kelowna’s downtown, lakeside, sun-drenched Bowling Club. All proceeds go to our chosen charity, Elevation Outdoors.
With over 100 offices nationwide, BDO is one of the leading accounting and advisory firms in Canada with our strengths firmly rooted in the communities we serve. Our professionals combine personalized, local advice and service with national resources and experience. As a member firm of the international BDO network, they leverage the knowledge and experience of advisors from over 1,000 offices in more than 100 countries.
BDO Canada LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership, is a member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms.
About Elevation Outdoors
Kelowna based Elevation Outdoor’s mission is to enhance the lives of underprivileged youth via participation in specially designed outdoor sports programs such as skiing, sailing, and climbing.
All programs are offered to eligible youth free of charge as Elevation Outdoors believes that no young person should be denied the potential to discover an outdoor sport or pursuit that can help keep him or her motivated, healthy, and happy in life.
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