For years now, ICR has hosted a men’s tournament to raise funds for local charities. Then in 2018, spearheaded by one of ICR’s female agents, Marla, she had an idea that a women’s tournament should had as well. This tournament was created with the intention to provide our sponsors and attendees an opportunity to help empower, educate, and inspire local female entrepreneurs and business professionals, to further improve themselves and their communities. With this idea in mind, she assembled a committee, and the tournament began to take shape. Met with great enthusiasm, the inaugural ICR Women’s Classic took place in the summer of 2018 with another in 2019 and then came 2020…. And this new venture was forced to be put on hold.
This summer, the ICR Women’s Classic was back with a bang. A new committee, a new course, 12 holes instead of 9 and a new partner in the way of the Women’s Business Hub. We welcomed everyone back to the event on August 11th, 2022 at Greenbryre Golf Course. The committee was hard at work right from January contacting sponsors and in-kind donors for what has become a staple of the ICR Classic, the “swag bag”. We were thrilled to have so many partners jump on board and generously donate to the tournament. Due to everyone’s extreme generosity, the tournament came back to huge success raising $32,000.
As our partner, the Women’s Business Hub came out and gave a great presentation about their organization at the tournament dinner. And I am pleased to announce that on September 19th, 2022 on behalf of the ICR Women’s Classic, we were able to donate $10,000. The Women’s Business Hub provides a place where talented immigrant women come together to develop their skills under the guidance of business professionals. The Women’s Business Hub entrepreneurship program provides education, training and support to help entrepreneurial immigrant women launch their own businesses.
Because of the amazing fundraising the committee was able to do, there are additional funds available for dispersal and an application form available on our website https://www.icrcharityclassic.ca/womens
The committee looks forward to receiving applications so we can help even more local charities that support our mandate and help women succeed and thrive. And as always, on behalf of the committee, the future looks bright so bring your shades and come out and join us in 2023.