The following, penned by music fan Bobby Johnson, first appeared in Top Country.ca and is reprinted with permission.
Canadian country music star and Sony Music Canada recording artist Gord Bamford raised a total of $386,175 at the 9th annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic near his home town in Alberta, , August 3 and 4.
Artists Bobby Wills, Tyler Connolly, Buddy Owens, Duane Steele, Beverley Mahood, and Gord himself took the stage and entertained the 700 people who attended the sold-out private event.
The Gala took place at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, near Bamford’s hometown of Lacombe, Alberta. Bamford contributes the event’s success to strong community supporters, the music community, and of course the sponsors and volunteers. Alberta-based businesses JEDCO Energy Services served as the event’s title sponsor, with Waschuk Pipeline Construction Ltd along with ETC Event Styling & Décor joining together as the venue sponsors.
Two surprises unfolded during the evening, first, a youngster who is part of the Make-A-Wish program of Northern Alberta was joined up on stage with Gord Bamford who granted him his wish of brand new roping gear so that the young man can continue participating in his favourite pastime. The second, was a visit up on stage from Gord Bamford’s Big Brother from the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lacombe & District, one of this year’s featured charities.
-- Continue reading about this worthy event and view pictures from… reported on in Top Country.
Appropos of little, FYI wishes to quote the late, great PG Wodehouse on this most British of games: "Men capable of governing empires fail to control a small white ball, which presents no difficulties whetever to others with one ounce more brain than a cuckoo clock. I wish to goodness I knew the man who invented this infernal game. I'd strangle him. But I suppose he's been dead for ages. Still, I could go and jump on his grave."