Our Annual Event

Tournament of Hope Golf Classic

On June 8, 2022 the 25th annual Tournament of Hope Golf Classic took place at the Grand Valley Golf and Country Club. We raised money for the Access Fund, which helps people with disabilities and their families in Waterloo Region live more independent lives.

This annual event takes place at perfect time of year to get out on the course with friends. Join us next year to play 18 holes of golf as a team or join as an individual and we’ll match you with a great team. The day’s excitement will be followed by a dinner, silent auction, and entertainment. Join more than 100 attendees in reducing barriers and supporting independent living!

Registration is $135 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, dinner, and an evening program.

History of the Tournament of Hope

About the event

Established in 1997 by former Kitchener-Waterloo area United Way CEO John Thompson, the event has been helping disabled individuals purchase assistive devices, adapted technology, and medical equipment for 25 years.

The first event had a single focus: to help Randy Hepditch, an individual with a disability living in Waterloo Region,  and his family purchase a wheelchair accessible van. Out of that event grew ILWR’s Access Fund, which has given 287 individuals more than $625,000 to purchase items that help them live more independent lives.

While the Tournament of Hope isn’t the Access Fund’s only funding sponsor, it remains the largest. Original recipient Randy Hepditch’s parents, Gerard and Linda Carmichael, still volunteer for the event every year.

Get involved

How you can help

Become a
Sponsor

Sponsorship is vital to help offset operating costs so more money can be directed to the people who need it most.

With a full field of over 130 golfers, it is also a great opportunity to promote your company and its support for the community. Sponsorship levels include Presenter, Supporter, Cart, Event, and Hole.

Donate to Our Silent Auction

Each year our silent auction is filled with amazing items donated by our community.

As a donating business, your company information will be displayed to help promote your goods and services.

Donations can include products, services, and gift cards.

Become a
Volunteer

We are always looking for individuals to help on the day of the tournament.

Opportunities range from helping with registration to assisting at one of our specialty holes. It is a great way to help your community and enjoy the sunshine while supporting a worthwhile cause.