Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – Special Feature

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge

And a one, and a two, and a one, two, three, FORE! Let the music and games begin!

When it comes to a great idea and a natural blend local rock musician and entrepreneur Brad Krauza has literally created a fund raiser concept that promises to be a hole-in-one winner. The Gonzo Okanagan Music Industry Golf Tournament set for June 15 at Sunset Ranch Golf Course is all about, good, positive vibes, and great music throughout the entire event. At the end of the tourney all profits will go towards helping a local family in financial need.

“Our mission with this event is to do something a bit different when it comes to golf tournaments. Not only are we going to put on a great music-themed golf tournament with some form of music at every tee box, we are also supporting a local Okanagan family in dire need of financial help as they go through treatment for their child,” Krauza explains. “We are turning the golf course into a festival ground and beverage garden for the awards and concert!”

In his past eight golf fundraising tournaments Krauza and friends have raised $200,000 for local families in the Okanagan. This new golf tournament concept has included musicians playing live during the day turning Sunset Ranch Golf Course into a festival grounds.

“I have four spots for entertainers for the festival part  already and we will start to announce some of them soon. There will be music all over the course with some of the sponsors bringing out generators and DJ’s to keep music flowing throughout the day as well.

“I am very grateful for our fantastic radio partnership with K96.3 Classic Rock as well as New Country 100.7 who will be doing the artist announcement in April and supporting our event.”

Krauza , who also owns and operates Gonzo Okanagan, is hoping to raise funds by getting every bar, hotel, restaurant, office, radio station… or any kind of business who hosts some form of music in their facility to sponsor one of the 18-holes.

“We are encouraging sponsors to have a great time on the tee boxes with music and games.”

Once the day-long tourney is completed music and dancing will continue from 7pm – 11pm. Everyone registered to golf will have a free ticket to the concert event. After the concert is complete an after party is set for the Ok Corral Cabaret with more live music setup and ready to go, “to finish the night off”.

For more info on sponsor packages or registration call Brad Krauza at 250-899-2112 or email golf@gonzookanagan.com For more information on how you can get involve, please go to the registration, sponsorship and tournament site at – https://gonzookanagan.com/gonzo-okanagan-music-industry-golf-tournament/

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Charlie Hodge is a best-selling author, writer, a current Kelowna City Councillor, and a Director on the Regional District of the Central Okanagan Board. He spent more than 25 years as a full-time newspaper journalist and has a diverse background in public relations, promotions, personal coaching, and strategic planning. A former managing editor, assistant editor, sports editor, entertainment editor, journalist, and photographer, Hodge also co-hosted a variety of radio talk shows and still writes a regular weekly newspaper column titled Hodge Podge, which he has crafted now for 41 years. His biography on Howie Meeker, titled Golly Gee It’s Me is a Canadian bestseller and his second book, Stop It There, Back It Up – 50 Years of the NHL garnered lots of attention from media and hockey fans alike. Charlie is currently working on a third hockey book, as well as a contracted historical/fiction novel. His creative promotional skills and strategic planning have been utilized for many years in the Canadian music industry, provincial, national, and international environmental fields, and municipal, provincial, and federal politics. Charlie is a skilled facilitator, a dynamic motivational speaker, and effective personal coach. His hobbies include gardening, canoeing, playing pool, and writing music. Charlie shares his Okanagan home with wife Teresa and five spoiled cats.


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