ZLC Foundation Charity Golf Tournament is Right Around the Corner
Giving back to our community is one of ZLC’s core values and the 33rd ZLC Foundation Charity Golf Tournament is a tradition we are very proud of! Taking place on July 30th at Richmond Country Club, the tournament’s sponsors, donors, guests, golfers and volunteers have helped us raise over $1.2 MILLION for beneficiaries of ZLC Foundation over the past 33 years.
“After so many years, our Golf Tournament has a special meaning for all of us at ZLC Financial. We are happy to support our community and the event is an opportunity to encourage our people to participate in making a difference.’’ – Mark Zlotnik, ZLC Financial Vice-Chair and past Tournament Chair.
For the second year, funds raised from the tournament will benefit Coast Mental Health (CMH), a Vancouver based non-profit organization that helps individuals living with mental illness thrive. They empower individuals through necessary resources such as housing, support services and employment and education opportunities. Coast Mental Health helps their clients take the lead in their recovery.
Larry Leslie has been a client of Coast Mental Health since he moved into Coast’s Timbergrove apartments in Surrey in 2012.
“I’d been addicted to drugs since I was a kid. I had a home and kids and managed it, until it got out of control.” For more than nine years, Larry was on and off the streets. His mental health declined as his addiction grew stronger. Today, Larry’s recovery has firmly taken root and he’s ready to move on to more independent living. “I’ve gotten what I’ve needed from Coast to get ahead. It’s time for someone else to get that piece of mind so they can move forward.” Read more about Larry’s story
Larissa Healey, also known as Gurl23, is an Ojibway artist whose work has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Anthropology, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Bill Reid Gallery and the Power Plant Gallery. A lack of life skills hit her hard when her career as an artist took off and her talent meant she was frequently invited to exhibit her work at major galleries including painting a mural for the National Gallery in Ottawa. “I got really messed up because I couldn’t deal with the pressure of being at that level. All of the sudden I had to talk about contracts, go into shops, buy groceries. And when you’re tired and doing the best you can, you sometimes just go right back where you started. Larissa has been a client of Coast Mental Health for 17 years. She lives with post-traumatic stress disorder and is also bipolar. “Coast Mental Health gave me a place to come rest, eat something and start to recover.” Larissa smiles. “I like who I am now. I am gentle and I am strong.” Read more about Larissa’s story
ZLC believes in the power of recovery and we are very proud to support the work that CMH does within our community. This year’s event is pulling out all the stops, and we look forward to a fantastic day on the course with our guests. We hope to provide lots of opportunities to raise money! “We’re busy getting ready for the event and we are all very excited! I am sure the tournament will be our best yet. ZLC Financial is blown away by our generous sponsors, supporters, vendors and volunteers that are helping make this event possible” – Aeronn Zlotnik, Tournament Chair.
Update: this year’s tournament raised an incredible $85,615 for Coast Mental Health. Click here to view photos from the event.