A&W 5 QUESTIONS WITH: GARY SAMIS
Cougars Corporate Sales Manager/Chairman of the PG Cougars Alumni Hospital Charity Golf Tournament
Avid Fantasy Sports Fan
Question 1: What was it about the sixth annual Cougars Alumni Hospital Charity Golf Tournament that made the event a record-breaker?
GS: It was the willingness of our sponsors and tournament participants and partners to open their wallets towards a great cause. This will be a record year for this tournament. In fact we managed to raise over $100,000 just from the live and player auctions. It’s very heart warming to see given the times we’re in. Then to add the $10,000 donation made towards local wildfire evacuees courtesy of the Cougars Alumni Association, the PG Cougars Society and the Spirit of the North just made the whole event a tremendous success. I would say one of our best, if not the best tournament we’ve had.
Question 2: What about the ‘fun-factor?’ Why do people keep coming back to this tournament?
GS: This is the most fun golf tournament in the city in my opinion. If you’re expecting really competitive golf with huge prizes it might not be your thing, but to me this event is all about the memories and the fun that we all have reminiscing with the alumni. For them to come back to Prince George is really nostalgic and important and the best part is that they are all great people.
Question 3: Where do you personally find the energy to keep working as hard as you do to help this event succeed?
GS: When I retired, my bucket-list goal was to give back to my community. This provided me with the perfect way to combine my love of sports (the Cougars, and golf) with a charity that does so much for the greater good of healthcare in Northern B.C. I also have a great team of people that work tirelessly to help ensure that the event is a success.
Question 4: When you think about some of the alumni and guests from the past events, do any stick out to you for significant reasons positively?
GS: Well this year it was really wonderful to have Brock Hirsche back at the event. Brock is not only a terrific golfer, but he’s so personable and he had a great time himself. It’s also very inspiring to know that he’s survived cancer and is thriving in his life in a lot of different areas. Additionally I have to say that it was such a pleasure having both Darcy Rota and Garry Monohan attend this event this year. Darcy and I were teammates growing up and we won Midget Provincials together. He was the star forward, and I was the goalie! All it took was one phone call and they were both on board. They provided a terrific alumni trip package for prizing and when we combined that trip with how much we raised by auctioning them both off, we raised $26,000. It also helps that both are great people and great golfers.
Question 5: You’re a fantasy sports guru, so let’s get down to business: Give us your World Series winner, your Stanley Cup winner and your Super Bowl winner?
GS: Oh boy, haha.
MLB: I think the New York Yankees are a surprise team that could sneak in and make life difficult for their opponents. But in saying that you can’t count out the Chicago Cubs.
NHL: My heart is with the Dallas Stars because of Dan Hamhuis, but my brain thinks that it might be the Pittsburgh Penguins with a three-peat.
NFL: My heart will always be with the Seattle Seahawks, but my head things that it’ll be the New England Patriots once again winning it all.