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Kelowna Jaycees to honour former member

The Kelowna Jaycees are working with a Kelowna woman who lost her fiance in a white water rafting incident in order to bring hope and opportunity to others.

The young professional organization is working with Rene Bourgault’s fiancé Chelsea Ray to host a Legacy Golf Tournament in his name. Participants of all ages are encouraged to join in on the fun, which will take place on July 15 on the Bear Course at the Okanagan Golf Club.

“The Jaycees are working with Rene's fiancé Chelsea and she would like part of the proceeds to go to Community Futures to start a bursary for up and coming entrepreneurs," said Kelowna Jaycees president Kevin Lavigne. "Rene was told he wouldn't make it in business, but he proved a lot of people wrong and we want to help another young professional be as successful as he was."

There will be a silent auction, a hole-in-one prize of a Subaru, a raffle, and lots of laughs guaranteed, say organizers. But, most importantly, the tournament will support young entrepreneurs in the community. This is something Bourgault strongly believed in.

“Rene was an active member of the Jaycees and we are proud to be continuing the annual golf tournament, which he started and continued to run successfully over the last two years, in his name and to carry out his legacy in supporting the community,” added Lavigne.

Previous fundraising went to the Kelowna Women’s Shelter. Participants can sign up in a group or as an individual and tickets, which can be purchased online, include a nine-hole Texas scramble, a roast beef buffet dinner, raffle and draw prizes.

“Rene was a unique person that our community unfortunately lost last August. Rene was a driven and successful entrepreneur and he was passionate about giving back to the community. When Rene started in business, he struggled to secure financing, and was outspoken about creating opportunities for young entrepreneurs. To carry that forward, this event is raising funds to support motivated young people in our community start on their own paths of entrepreneurship and business.”

A portion of the proceeds will be used to help fund professional and entrepreneurial development programs for local Jaycees.

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