The OpenRoad Toyota stores in Richmond and Port Moody recently organized their first annual charity golf tournament, successfully raising $25,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon. Make-a-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon is a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
OpenRoad’s most recent fundraising effort provides enough funding to grant over 4 wishes. A wish could include a child’s travel wish, gift wish, celebrity wish, or fantasy and experiential wishes.
“OpenRoad has been a long-time supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and we believe in giving back to the community we live in. Having their wish granted means the world to the children, but it requires a lot of effort and money. Every dollar counts,” says Barry Chyzowski, General Manager of OpenRoad Toyota in Richmond.
Over 140 golfers came out to support the tournament at Morgan Creek Golf Course. The tournament was followed by a live auction, emceed by CTV Sportscaster and CTV Sports Director, Perry Solkowski, and a special guest appearance by one of the wish children and her family.
“It really puts things into perspective when you meet with wish families and hear about the challenges they go through,” mentions Patrick Lau, General Manager of OpenRoad Toyota in Port Moody. “We were fortunate in that our first-ever golf tournament received so much support.”
Colby, age 5, who has a bone marrow transplant was one of the Make-A-Wish recipients through the OpenRoad Toyota Charity Golf Tournament.
Both Chyzowski and Lau are pleased with the results their inaugural year, but are already looking forward to continuing their fundraising efforts in the following year. “I think we had a pretty successful first year, but hopefully the next one will be even better,” adds Chyzowski. Over the last 3 years, OpenRoad Auto Group has raised over $120,000 towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation.