CLV Group, InterRent REIT’s golf tournament guarantees one million dollars

It was a drumming moment as organizers prepared to turn the giant check around and reveal how much money was raised during the Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament held Wednesday in Ottawa.

The room erupted in cheers and applause as everyone realized that the total amount was more than $ 1 million, making the golf tournament the most successful of its kind, especially considering there were no matching donations involved.

It really was the perfect end to a perfect day in perfect surroundings.

A sold out crowd of 288 golfers all of whom had to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination spent an idyllic afternoon Wednesday at The Meadows Golf and Country Club, surrounded by beautiful autumn colors and blessed with sunshine and temperatures reaching 21C.

The event was presented and organized by the Ottawa-based CLV Group and InterRent REIT, which together employ approximately 500 people. CLV Group specializes in property management, while InterRent REIT is a listed real estate investment company with a portfolio of more than 12,000 apartments in Ottawa, southern Ontario, Montreal and now Vancouver, which expanded into this market earlier this year.

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A sold-out crowd of 288 golfers participated in the CLV Group and InterRent REIT’s Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament, held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at The Meadows Golf and Country Club. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Emily Facchin, Jasmine Grainger, Annu Gulati, Jaime Richards, Danielle Baron, Meaghan McMahon, Julie Stranaghan, and Taylor McGahan of CLV Group / InterRent REIT all helped organize the Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament (in less than a month, nothing less). Photo by Caroline Phillips

Come the cocktail hour, there were drinks and gourmet food carts waiting for the participants, and scenic places to gather outdoors and under heated party tents set up outside the clubhouse. The event also featured a live band.

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Guests socialize and grab a bite to eat at gourmet dining cars as the sun sets during the CLV Group and InterRent REIT’s Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at The Meadows Golf and Country Club. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Later CLV Group and CEO of InterRent REIT Mike McGahan took to the microphone to thank the many sponsors and supporters, as well as his dedicated team of staff who miraculously organized everything in less than a month. He began his brief remarks by acknowledging his close friend, Mike McCann, after whom the charitable golf tournament is named.

McCann, who owned marketing firm Velocity Media, died in February 2019 of cancer at the age of 63. For 20 years, he was the powerhouse behind CLV Group’s charitable golf tournament, which raised more than $ 3.2 million when it ended in 2017.

“His Irish eyes smiled at us today,” McGahan said of “one of the most amazing guys.”

McCann was also tight with the president of the CLV group Oz Drewniak, who was part of the organizing team.

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Mike McCann, who died in February 2019, was the main organizer of the CLV Group’s charitable golf tournament, called the Ron Kolbus Memorial Charity Golf Tournament, which raised more than $ 3.2 million when it ended in 2017.
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Gloria McCann, wife of Mike McCann, is joined by daughters Jordanna McCann, left, and Ashley Lyon, at a golf tournament held in memory of her husband, Mike McCann, by CLV Group and InterRent REIT, Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at The Meadows Golf and Country Club. Photo by Caroline Phillips

The golf tournament was revived in 2019 in McCann’s memory and raised an astonishing three-quarters of a million dollars for charity. The event took a pandemic break in 2020, but was back in full swing this year.

While organizers previously indicated they hoped to match their 2019 total, Wednesday’s golf advantage increased a net total of $ 1,047,925. The proceeds will benefit local charities such as BGC Ottawa, Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Youth Services Bureau, Christie Lake Kids, Ottawa Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa and the Snowsuit Fund.

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From left was Jaime Richards, specialist in events and engagement at CLV Group, with Danielle Baron, executive assistant at InterRent REIT, an important part of the organizing team for CLV Group and InterRent REIT’s Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament held on Wednesday , October 6, 2021 at The Meadows Golf and Country Club. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left Tim Kluke, President and CEO of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, with CLV Group and InterRent REIT CEO Mike McGahan, Ottawa Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Gary Zed and Oz Drewniak, President of CLV Group Developments, at the Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at The Meadows Golf and Country Club. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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BGC Ottawa CEO Adam Joiner, chief executive officer Jonelle Istead and Jessie-Lee Wallace, associate director of large gifts and communications, let their nonprofit benefit from some of the proceeds raised at the Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament held Wednesday on October 10th. 6, 2021, at The Meadows Golf and Country Club. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Natalie Benson, director of fundraising and communications for Christie Lake Kids, with Jacqueline Searle, fundraising and events coordinator, their nonprofit organization benefiting from some of the proceeds raised at the Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament held on Wednesday, October 10th. 6, 2021, at The Meadows Golf and Country Club. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Ottawa architect Andrew Reeves, owner of Linebox Studio, with Josh Gibson, managing partner of the Caber Group of Companies, at the Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at The Meadows Golf and Country Club. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left Amy Bekkers, dealer performance manager at TELUS, with Amy Tomlinson of the Tomlinson Group of Companies and real estate agent in Ottawa Erin Phillips at the Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament, held Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at The Meadows Golf and Country Club. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Mike McGahan, CEO of CLV Group and InterRent REIT, at the Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at The Meadows Golf and Country Club. Photo by Caroline Phillips

McGahan, who was awarded the Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award in 2018 by the Ottawa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, wondered what a beautiful day it turned out to be – and he did not just talk about the weather. “It was beautiful to see so many people smile. Isn’t it nice after a year and a half to actually get out and interact with people? ”

The event featured prizes, a silent auction and a live auction that took fundraising to a whole other level, with hammer-swinging, crowd-pleasing auctioneers Ryan Watson from raising the bid.

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Ryan Watson of Raising the Bid served as emcee and live auctioneer for CLV Group and InterRent REIT’s Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament, held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at The Meadows Golf and Country Club. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Particularly popular was the football game package with tickets, travel and hotel for any NFL game, donated by CLV and InterRent REIT. It sold several times to bidders willing to pay $ 10,000 for a package for two. Paul Bouzanis of PBC Group entered the action and paid $ 20,000 for a package for four.

Home Depot donated a $ 5,000 gift card that ended up raising $ 10,200 after selling twice to the top two bidders, to $ 5,100 per person. PCS. A dinner for 10 at the Riviera restaurant sold for $ 5,000 more Gary Zed, founder and CEO of its newly launched Canada Forest Trust Replanting Company.

He also donated a two-day fly fishing experience at his privately owned Sutter Salmon Club in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Zed pushed the guest line up from four to eight during the auction. The bidding war between McGahan and Curt Millar, CFO of InterRent REIT, resolved themselves as they each purchased the package for $ 10,000 per. PCS.

McCann’s wife, Gloria McCann, who were present with daughters Ashley Lyon and Jordanna McCann (daughter Alexandra unfortunately could not cope), donated a dinner for eight at her family’s venerable Al’s Steakhouse restaurant on Elgin Street. It went for $ 5000.

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Kian Nejad told the room how BGC Ottawa’s Ron Kolbus clubhouse helped him and his family when he was growing up as a newcomer to Canada. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Guest speaker Kian Nejad brought home why everyone was together that day: to help worthy charities better serve their communities.

He has been part of the BGC Ottawa family for almost 20 years. His engagement began shortly after he moved from Iran to Canada with his brother and mother and settled in the Bayshore area. He only spoke broken English at the time. He spent part of his childhood in Ron Kolbus clubhouse, playing sports, making friends and developing leadership skills.

The place was like his second home. In fact, he was proud to go four years without missing a day. If he was ever sick, he would ask his mother to let him visit or at least step his foot in the door just so he could say he was there and not break his streak.

He talked about the central role the clubhouse played in his life when his mother was in treatment for breast cancer. “One thing was for sure, no matter what her day was like, she knew I was going to be a child that day, and that was all that mattered to her.”

Nejad also talked about the opportunities he was given, such as excursions and sporting events and the presence of role models in his life. He gave a special shout out to Ron Kolbus Klubhus manager Tim Boisvert for being a father figure to him.

As a 16-year-old, Nejad began working at BGC Ottawa as a youth worker. Today, he is a youth development specialist for the organization’s sports league programs.

As for his mother, she survived her cancer, raised her two boys alone, learned English, was educated and was hired for a teaching job at Algonquin College, the audience heard. Nejad praised his mother for her inner strength and called her his personal MVP. “She still makes it hard for me to grow my hair and my beard out,” he joked, too.

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Organizers of the Mike McCann Charity Golf Tournament presented by CLV Group and InterRent REIT. Photo by Caroline Phillips

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