Watch above: Golf star Graham DeLaet will be coming home to Saskatchewan in a couple weeks, along with his wife Ruby, for the couple’s “top fundraiser” of the year. Kim Thue reports.
SASKATOON – The second annual ‘Graham Slam’ is returning to Saskatoon on July 9.
“It’s exciting to first of all get back to Saskatchewan and see some old friends and family,” says Graham DeLaet, the star attraction of the event.
“Obviously the main reason is to try to raise some money for good causes.”
The ‘Graham Slam’ is an initiative of the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation. The second edition of the fundraiser will be in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Ronald McDonald House of Charities.
“We’ll start it off with breakfast, then a clinic with Graham for the participants and a tournament as always,” Ruby DeLaet says of some of the activities that will take place during the day.
“Graham is going to be on one hole hitting shots with every group. We’re going to have some fun contests, an auction, dinner and live music by a buddy Graham used to play golf with.”
The first ever Graham Slam raised close to $400,000 in 2014. The last four years, tournaments put on by the DeLaet’s have raised over a million dollars in support of children health and junior golfing in this province.
“I’m fortunate enough the PGA Tour Wives Association does a lot of work with Ronald McDonald House and Make a Wish, which has a similar style to Children’s Wish,” Ruby says from the couples’ home in Arizona.
“Having been able to work with those charities and then coming in here and having an idea about what we’re going to raising money for and what that does and how it helps those families is super rewarding.”
“It’s pretty amazing to be in the position we are in and being able to get this many people together and raise this amount of money,” adds DeLaet, the top-ranked Canadian golfer in the world.
“Every year it kind of blows my mind. I don’t really think of myself as that kind of draw. It’s super rewarding. It’s more rewarding than playing a good golf tournament for me.”
Tickets for the second annual Graham Slam are still available, for dinner and golfing out at Riverside Country Club next month. @GrahamDeLaet on Twitter is the best way to get all the information you need and get involved.