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NEWS: Big Swing 2019 Raises Crucial Funds for Entertainment Professionals Facing Crisis Situations

Toronto – June 26, 2019 –The AFC is thrilled to announce that the 23rd Annual Big Swing Charity Golf Tournament raised an incredible $106,935 for entertainment professionals facing crisis situations. Additionally, the tournament co-presenter DGC Ontario contributed an impressive $60,000, doubling their annual support of The AFC. 

The Big Swing Golf Tournament is an opportunity for entertainment industry members to spend a fun day on the course in support of the work of The AFC. Producers, suppliers, directors, labour leaders, technicians, and performers enjoyed a round of golf followed by a banquet lunch. During the post-tournament session, Joanne Barrington, Membership Chair, DGC Ontario, presented a cheque of $60,000 to The AFC’s Vice Chair Sugith Varughese.

“Over the past 23 years, the Big Swing Golf Tournament has become an indispensable part of The AFC’s fundraising initiatives, helping raise much-needed funds for vulnerable members of our community,” Varughese said. “We are deeply grateful to our sponsors and prize donors for their generosity. We are extremely proud to recognize the continued partnership of our co-presenter DGC Ontario.”

“A successful tournament like this couldn’t happen without the involvement and hard work of many. I would like to thank the Golf Committee that I have the privilege to chair: the Big Swing co-founders Phil Flagler, Judah Katz and committee member Eugene Clark – our golf gurus who bring their tremendous expertise, dedication, and enthusiasm to the tournament every year,” Varughese added.

The AFC would like to thank the volunteers for donating their time and passion to help the Big Swing run smoothly and the golfers for their ongoing support of The AFC.

The AFC is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry. Through compassionate and confidential support, The AFC helps Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity and ability to work. In the last 12 months, The AFC has distributed $704,883 in emergency financial aid to help entertainment professionals working in all aspects of film & TV, music, theatre and dance and provided crucial support to over 300 industry members through its Personal Support and Advocacy and Financial Wellness programs.

For a list of sponsors, the tournament program and photos of the event, please visit AFChelps.ca/BigSwing2019.



David Hope

Executive Director


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