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Help Fill a Dream Named as Official Charity Partner of the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship

Posted on September 30, 2016

PGA TOUR Champions event teams up with local charity with a focus on raising awareness and funds for children and families suffering from life-threatening diseases on the Island

VICTORIA, B.C. (August 31, 2016) – Tournament organizers announced today that Victoria based organization Help Fill a Dream will be the official charity partner of the PGA TOUR Champions 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship. With this partnership, the Event will work with Help Fill a Dream to raise funds for children and their families who suffer from serious illnesses.

“We, at Help Fill a Dream, are thrilled to be the charity partner for such an amazing event. It is a unique opportunity for us to highlight the impact of dreams. Our programming is focused on making life better for children with life-threatening conditions and we can only make that happen with the support of the entire community and outstanding partners like the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship,” said Craig Smith, Executive Director of Help Fill a Dream.

This year marks the 30th anniversary that Help Fill a Dream has been making dreams come true for sick children in Victoria and Vancouver Island. Since 1986, the charitable organization has touched the lives of 2,220 children and their families. Help Fill A Dream improves the quality of life for not only the child, but also for their families by offering services such as financial support, and of course, helping children’s dreams come true. Help Fill a Dream works closely with hospital social workers and other health care professionals to positively impact children and families who are going through a difficult time.

Help Fill a Dream believes that dreams come in all shapes and sizes. For a child, it may be to become a princess or pirate. For the parents, it can be as simple as being by their child’s side while they are sick in the hospital or making a comfortable place for them when they are home. Help Fill A Dream can replace frustration and despair with hope that is so essential for a child’s recovery.

The 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship will positively contribute to Help Fill a Dream’s goal of making children’s dreams come true. The Event will not only raise awareness, but will also provide financial support and fundraising opportunities for this very worthwhile cause. The Event’s charitable initiatives will contribute to the substantial impact of the PGA TOUR’s charitable platform, which has over $2 billion in all-time charitable-giving.

“Pacific Links is pleased to support Help Fill a Dream with their mission of making life better for children with serious illnesses. For most of us, a Band-Aid is all we need to mend the hurt of our children. With gratitude and generosity, we proudly support these families through this charity and hope you will join us in making a difference,” said Charles Lorimer, Chief Operating Officer at Pacific Links International.

The Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship tournament week in Victoria will begin with Official Pro-Am’s on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by 54 holes of championship play from Friday through Sunday, with no cut. All three competitive rounds will be broadcast live by Golf Channel to more than 200 million homes in 84 countries and 11 languages around the world.

To register as a volunteer simply visit the tournament website at www.PacificLinksChampionship.com and click the REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER button to the left of the screen.

Tickets are also on-sale for this premier event and can be purchased at www.selectyourtickets.com or by clicking HERE.

Fans can choose from the following ticket options:

  • Weekly Pass – Wednesday through Sunday: $99 (includes parking / Official Program)
  • Daily Pass – Friday, Saturday or Sunday: $40
  • Pro-Am Daily Pass – Wednesday or Thursday: $25
  • Champions Club VIP Pass – Friday through Sunday: $200

About Help Fill a Dream

Help Fill a Dream provides hope, help and happiness for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands children with life-threatening conditions. The foundation fulfills dreams, improves quality of life and assists families with care and financial support. Help Fill A Dream is proud to be celebrating 30 years of making Dreams come true. www.helpfilladream.com

About Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship

The Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship is an official event on PGA Champions TOUR featuring the world’s premier golfers aged 50 and older competing for a US$ 2.5 million purse. Tournament play at the Pacific Links Championship will be held on the Jack and Steve Nicklaus Co-Design Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Golf Resort, Victoria, British Columbia, from September 19-25, 2016. All three competitive rounds will be broadcast live by Golf Channel to more than 200 million homes in 84 countries and 11 languages around the world. For more information on the Pacific Links Championship or PGA TOUR Champions, please visit www.PGATOUR.com/Champions

Website: PacificLinksChampionship.com

Twitter: @PacificLinksVIC

Instagram: @pacificlinksvic

Media Kit: HERE

About Pacific Links International

Pacific Links was founded in 2009 to provide members with a premium golf experience through an innovative international membership structure focused on the Chinese golfer. Pacific Links offers them access to the finest collection of high quality golf clubs in the world. Since 2012, the Pacific Links Network of Affiliated and Reciprocal clubs now stands at over 500 properties located in 20+ countries around the world. With a strong membership base continuing to grow in China, the planned expansion into other parts of Asia and the aggregated population of members from all the participating clubs, Pacific Links is now expanding the brand platform to encompass more than just golf. We are positioning Pacific Links International to be the preeminent Lifestyle portal for China’s HNW customer providing high demand travel itineraries inspired by golf but encompassing concierge services, flights, accommodations, local tourism experience and travel butler assistance. The main feature of a Pacific Links membership is reciprocal access. In the next 10-15 years, PLI will further expand its international affiliate network to over 1,000 clubs in North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and the entire Southeast Asia. www.pacificlinks.com

About Bear Mountain Golf Resort

Located on southern Vancouver Island – a region known for its year round golf climate, stellar fishing opportunities and strong local food movement – Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa offers two outstanding courses that combined represent the only 36-hole Nicklaus Design golf experience in Canada. The Mountain Course, a Jack and Steve Nicklaus Co-Design, features impressive landscape and dramatic terrain that lead to breathtaking 180 degree views of nearby Victoria, the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. The course, a par 71 playing at 6,925 yards, sets atop a 1,100-foot mountain and has been assigned a slope rating of 142 from the back tees. The 18-hole, par 71 Nicklaus Design Valley Course, a spectacular golf setting that is nestled in a pristine natural 102 acres of mature forests, measures just under 7,000 yards. Surrounded by 3,000 acres of parks and hiking trails, Bear Mountain is one of the few golf courses in North America that offers an authentic natural setting so close to a capital city. More than a resort and an incredible community, Bear Mountain is also home to Golf Canada’s National Development team, the high performance training centre of Canada’s National Mountain Bike team, and construction recently commenced on Canada’s largest indoor/outdoor clay court tennis facility supported by Tennis Canada and Tennis BC. The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa rounds out the amenities offering guests a luxurious getaway with outstanding fine dining options, the award-winning Sante Spa, and the Bear Mountain Golf Academy. www.bearmountain.ca

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game – including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.



David Skitt

Tournament Director

Pacific Links Championship