Tourism leaders fight Cystic Fibrosis

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Skål is a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry.

The Skål Hamilton Annual John Graham Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Wednesday, July 19, at the Glendale Golf and Country Club in Hamilton for a second year with some golf proceeds going to the Hamilton Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. A percentage of the golf registration, raffle tickets sold, and 2 live auction items was given to Cystic Fibrosis with a check presented to Ed Brooks that evening in the amount of $1,500. On hand that day was Lynda Beauchamp and her son who suffers from CF, and Ed Brooks whose daughter suffers from CF and who stayed for dinner to accept a check from the club that night.

The Hamilton club was founded on November 11, 1978 and will be celebrating 40 years in 2018. The club conducts itself by ‘doing business amongst friends’ so when one of its members, Michael Paralovos asked if it could support Cystic Fibrosis this year, the club was happy to do so as his grown daughter has lived with it her entire life.

Skål Hamilton meets for networking and to enjoy various venues in Niagara, Hamilton, Halton, and surrounding areas 6 times per year with an annual golf tournament every July and a Christmas Gala in December. For more information, please email Hamilton.Skal@gmail.com

Skal members are industry managers and executives, who meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest and support the community.

PHOTO: Presenting the check (l-r) included: Frank Vismeg, Managing Director with Courtyard by Marriott Burlington/Skål Hamilton Vice President; Mark Iker, Advertising Sales Manager – Notices and Inside Sales for The Globe and Mail)/club Director; Ed Brooks representing CF Canada; Sandra Stewart-Fearnside, Manager Sales Operations of Choice Hotels Canada/ President of Skål Hamilton; Rolf Schwartje (retired)/club Director; Ian Tillson, President Business Development of ITN Travel Group/ Skål Canada rep; missing is Michael Paralovos, retired/club Treasurer.