Golf Tournament

by Steven Noble

Dee and Jake Sangha Annual Golf Tournament for VIKPA

Dee and Jake Sangha Golf Tournament. Each year Dee and Jake Sangha host a golf tournament and dinner to raise money for the Vancouver Island Kidney Patients’ Association. What began as a small celebration with family and friends has grown into a major event which has raised a total of more than $200,000.

On March 19, 1993, Dee Sangha received a kidney transplant from her daughter Maya. A year later, Dee and her husband Jake hosted a golf tournament at Cordova Bay Golf Tournament for family and friends. The event was very successful and they thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to raise money for a worthwhile cause. They decided to hold the tournament annually on the August long weekend to coincide with Dee’s birthday on August 1, and to direct all money raised from the tournament to the Vancouver Island Kidney Patients’ Association (VIKPA) in recognition of the gift of life which Dee received from their daughter.

Because it was a birthday celebration for Dee, the tournament began as an invitation only event. Each year the 18-holes of golf were followed by a scrumptious buffet dinner at Dee and Jake’s nearby Broadmead home. The dinner was prepared and served by Dee and her family. The first tournament raised $400 for VIKPA. In 1997, they were able to raise $1000. In 1998, they raised $2000. In 1999 the tournament raised $3000 and was attended by approximately 100 people. Dee made sure everyone there understood the purpose of the tournament, personally handing out organ donor registration cards to all those attending.

Still not satisfied, in 2000 Dee decided to really kick things into high gear. By this time the tournament was no longer strictly invitational, although the majority of attendees were still friends and family members of Dee and Jake. That year Dee’s efforts brought in an amazing $10,000. Each year Dee continued to come up with new ways to raise money: a 50/50 draw, a raffle, a putting contest. In 2001, the tournament raised $15,000.

Having out-grown Dee and Jake’s home, in 2002 the tournament moved to a new venue, the popular Cedar Hill Golf Course, the most played course in all of Canada. The dinner was held in the newly built clubhouse over-looking the city of Victoria. Many of the 104 golfers were later joined by friends or spouses bringing the number attending the dinner to approximately 120. That year’s tournament raised a phenomenal $20,000.

Never one to rest on her laurel’s, in 2003 Dee celebrated her sixty-fifth birthday and the tournament’s tenth anniversary by raising an astounding $25,000, bringing the total amount raised thus far for renal patients on Vancouver Island to more than $75,000. Each year at the tournament every golfer comes away with at least one fabulous prize, from shirts and golf balls to gift certificates for gas, golf or dinner, with lots of opportunities to win more: a garden bench, a painting by a local artist, or a weekend for two in Whistler. In September of 2002, VIKPA recognized Dee with a crystal vase and plaque to thank her for her efforts on VIKPA’s behalf. Dee in turn thanked her family and friends for their help and support in putting the event together each year. She also recognized the tremendous and on-going support she has received from Thrifty Foods and the Island Equipment Owners Association.

If you have never before attended one of Dee’s tournament’s now is your chance. You are guaranteed to have a great time, and all the money raised goes directly to helping Vancouver Island kidney patients. The golfing is fun, the dinner is fabulous and the prizes are out-of-this-world!