June 22, 2000 – Ottawa- Local high tech executives, including
Rod Bryden, will have the unique opportunity to demonstrate their
golfing skills while helping a worthy cause at Ottawa’s first annual
Executive Golf Auction, launched today. Participating executives
will be posted on an online auction block where bidders will compete
for the chance to play a nine-hole round of golf with them. Each
of the games is played at the convenience of the Executive. All
proceeds of the auction go to support Compassion for Action, a charity
dedicated to helping those afflicted with chronic fatigue syndrome
"This is a great opportunity to network on the golf course and
help charity at the same time. The season-ending dinner will be
another fine opportunity for networking among all the participants."
said John Ernst, Managing Director of FrontierStrategies and organizer
of the auction. "Thankfully, we have received tremendous support
from the business community, executives, and our sponsors."
Bidding will be open to the general public and will be publicised
throughout technology cluster areas around North America. Those
interested will be able to place their bids through an auction web-site
that lists the executives along with how long they are on auction
and the most current bid offered. With a suggested minimum bid starting
of $500, bidders will be able to pay using a credit card, while
larger bids can be called in, verified and reserved. Visitors to
the site will also have the option to simply make a pledge to the
Compassion in Action charity.
"We’re hoping that the proceeds from the Executive Golf Auction
will help raise a quarter of this year’s funding objective of $600,000
for Compassion in Action," said Nortel Networks vice-president David
Mann, a member of the board of directors for the charity and a participating
executive in the auction. "Our goal is to use the funds to build
Canada’s first research and treatment center for Canadians afflicted
with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia."
As there is no single day for the event, but rather many games
played at the convenience of the participants, organizers will continue
to recruit executives for the auction throughout the summer. The
average time span that an executive will be on auction will be three
weeks. Successful bidders can either then play with the executive
and invite a guest to play along, or may choose to transfer the
opportunity to someone else. The Canadian Country and Golf Club,
an official sponsor of the event, will provide a free venue for
all of the games, to be scheduled at the convenience of the executive.
The Executive Golf Auction will run until early fall, with a closing
dinner set to take place in October where all sponsors, bidders,
and executives will be welcome to attend. The event hopes to create
an awareness of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia within
the business community. You can visit the official Executive Golf
Auction website at executivegolfauction.com.