June 22, 2000 Inaugeral Press Backgrounder
The 1st annual Executive Golf Auction
Ottawa-Carleton’s first Executive Golf Auction, launched on June 22, 2000, will
provide successful bidders with the opportunity to meet some of Ottawa’s finest in
the high-tech industry, while they enjoy an entertaining round of golf at the
Canadian Golf and Country Club. Through the event’s official Web site,
interested bidders can log on and bid on the executive of their choice. All proceeds
from the event go to Compassion In Action, an organization dedicated to helping
Canadians with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
The Web site will provide potential bidders with valuable links to the auction rules,
event sponsors, information on Compassion In Action and to a list of participating
executives and their biographies. Visitors to the Web site will be able to place bids
on the executives and make pledges by way of credit card or call-in verification for
larger donations. The minimum bid has been set at $500. The site also contains an area
where bidders can suggest an ideal executive tee-off partner and how much money they
would be willing to pay for a round of golf with that person.
Auction organizers have included a unique feature on the Web site to gauge the
opinions of participating executives. After registering, all executives will be asked
to rate the likelihood of several technology predictions and to provide their opinions
on challenges and opportunities in the world of technology.
There are several rules and conditions surrounding the Executive Golf Auction in
order to make the event enjoyable and agreeable for both the executive and the
individual participating in the auction:
- All funds must be paid in advance of the game. The bidder’s funds will immediately
and completely be transferred to Compassion in Action.
- Bidders can invite one guest to participate and must let the executive know, in
advance of the game, who their guest will be.
- All games will be played at the convenience of the executive, while every effort
will be made to accommodate the bidder and their guest as best as possible.
- Bidders can bid on numerous executives, but may only play once with each
- Bidders may transfer the opportunity to play golf with the executive to someone
else, but must notify the executive, well in advance, of who will be playing.
- Each participating executive, at their discretion, can elect to extend the game
to eighteen holes.
Individual executives will be on the auction block for an average of three weeks
before being sold. The auction will continue throughout the summer, concluding in the
fall with a dinner for all participating executives, bidders, guests and sponsors.