Kalix Legacy Foundation raises $12,000 at Charity Golf Classic – DiscoverAirdrie.com
Last Friday, September 23, 69 golfers competed in the 2022 Kalix Legacy Foundation Charity Golf Classic at Apple Creek Golf Course. The foundation raised approximately $12,000.
“It was fantastic weather, [with] fantastic company. We really couldn’t have asked for better,” said Betina Fillion, Kalix’s mother-in-law and secretary-treasurer of the foundation. “I really think he [Kalix] would have been very proud. He would have had fun no matter what.”
Fillion said the money will largely go towards funding equipment, sports registration fees, as well as any specialized training for children and young people whose families may not be able to afford them. funding for their children’s sports. She explained that $8,000 has been allocated for this funding, which could potentially support eight to 10 families for at least a year with sports fees.
“[If] I can help one person, I’m grateful that I can provide this to one person. So to be able to provide it to eight to ten families is even more incredible.”
She added that before the golf tournament, the foundation did not set a monetary goal, but focused more on networking and letting the public know that the foundation was in the community, carrying on the wishes and the Kalix’s legacy. Fillion said it was not only a humbling experience, but one that demonstrates that Kalix not only lives on in people’s memories, but also in their deeds.
On Monday, the foundation announced the winners of the tournament. The winners announced were: Brad Lambert, Mike Haynes. Jason Caicco and Jordan Chomak. Fillion said one of those who attended the event was also one of Kalix’s best friends, whom Kalix met in his second year of hockey. They remained friends until Langenau’s death. She said that one of the most important parts of sport, which was so integral to Kalix’s life and passion, is the bond and camaraderie that is created by participating in sports.
“I think it connects you when you’re part of a team, you’re part of something bigger than yourself, you win together, you lose together. It makes you a more complete person. I like the opportunities for children to be able to explore different things, explore different passions, and maybe discover something about themselves that maybe they didn’t know they could do, or take a challenge.”
Fillion graciously thanked all of the sponsors who participated in the golf tournament and said that while the foundation’s board has yet to decide what type of other fundraising events could be planned at the future, they are certain that the sports theme will continue.
“We did 18 holes of golf and had signs acknowledging some of our sponsors on nine of them. The other nine photos were all of Kalix, at different stages of his life from when he was three years old to 18-19 years old.” Fillion said. “It gave people a glimpse, those who didn’t know him personally, of his life throughout.”
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