Monday, August 31, 2015 — On August 25th, the Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) Foundation held its second annual ‘OCH Open’. The day started off with a slight scare as fifteen minutes prior to the event large black clouds began to roll over the golf course. In a stroke of luck, the clouds past before any rain could be felt and the tournament was underway.
124 golfers showed up to the Meadows Golf and Country Club to compete for the prestigious title of OCH Open champion – up 40 golfers from last year.
“I reviewed the registration sheets beforehand and realized that our numbers were much higher this year,” said Howard Whittaker, Executive Director of the OCH Foundation. “However, it wasn’t until I was on-site and witnessed the waves of supporters that it truly hit me. This was going to be a gigantic success.”
And a success it was. The OCH Foundation tripled its proceeds, raising over $25,000. The remarkable growth in revenue can be attributed to the eagerness of local businesses to support the cause. This year, 37 private sector firms either sponsored, provided prizes or sent golfers.
Several notable guests attended, including: Mark Taylor, Deputy Mayor and OCH board member, Mathieu Fleury, City Councillor and OCH Board Chair, Stéphane Giguère, OCH CEO, and OCH Foundation Board members Wayne French, Jeff Singleton, and Tom Barber.
Funds raised from the OCH charitable tournament will go directly toward the Foundation’s mission to help the 32,000 tenants living in OCH communities achieve success in education, employment and leadership.
For highlights and a full story visit https://ochfoundation.ca/en/2015/08/2015-och-open/.
Scott Fowler, Communications Coordinator