Nuu-chah-nulth and friends tee off for the games

Ha-Shilth-Sa, August 4, 2010

Port Alberni Mayor Ken McRae seems unhappy with his putt.

Port Alberni — 

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council hosted a Texas-scramble style golf tournament on Aug. 4 to raise funds for the Tlu-piich games, held Aug. 5 to 8.

Representatives from the corporate and political sectors joined First Nations leaders for 18 holes of fun at the Alberni Golf Club. Mayors Ken McRae (Port Alberni), Charlie Cornfield (Campbell River) and Paul Ives (Comox) participated.

A dinner and auction was held after the day’s event.

Team Klahoose, made up of Ken Brown, Doug Bourne, Jay Yule and Brun Taielman came first with a 59 total score. Coming in second was the team made up of Doug White, Bill Yoachim, George Hrabowych and MLA Ron Cantelon, with a score of 62. The third place team was made up of Leon Lauder, Oswald Felsman, Bert Cassavant and Jack Quesgiovette with a score of 63.

Most honest team with at high score of 75 was made up of Larry Spencer, Terry Basso, Dave Merry and Derek Drake.

Individual honors went to Jenn Orainetz for both longest drive and closest to the pin for women, and to John Wesley also for longest drive and closest to the pin in the men’s category.

The business community and local artists were generous in their donations to the live and silent auctions.

Bill Yoachim played auctioneer. The first item up for bid was the honor of being the first table to be allowed up to the buffet, a marvelous meal of roast beef, fish, cordon bleu, wild rice, potatoes, mixed vegetables and salads.

Live auction items garnered about $3,800. A Killer Whale carving created and donated by John Henderson went for $1,000. A Wolf paddle, created by Patrick Amos and donated by Deb Masso, brought in $600 for the games event.

Other live auction items donated included a two night stay at the spa bungalow at Tigh-na-mara Seaside Resort and Conference Centre. This included a day pass for two for their grotto mineral waters. There was one night’s accommodation for the Hotel Grand Pacific next to the legislative buildings in Victoria, and a two night stay at Best Western Tin Wis Resort in Tofino.

Patrick Amos donated a print of a whale, part of his new series of work. Cecil Dawson donated an original Orca drawing. Gordon Dick donated a Bentwood Box of red cedar. Iisaak Forestry donated a picnic table. Kaw T-shirts donated an embroidered jacket, and a silver carved pendant was donated by Tim Taylor.

Silent auction items included a one-night stay for two, donated by Accent Inns; a two hour Island Paddle trip for four, donated by Tla-ook Cultural Adventures; a one night stay at the Beach Club Resort; the print Fast Wings, donated by Patrick Amos; Binoculars, donated by Audio Video Unlimited (Barlows); a golf bag donated by Carol Anne Hilton; a necklace by Gordon Dick; sunglasses by Deb Masso; a golf shirt by Jal Design; a jersey by Kaw T-shirts; and a framed picture by Four Directions Photo and Framing (Jim Steel).                                                                      

By Debora Steel