Your Support Helped Raise $45,000!

Thank you for Playing with Purpose for the past 25 years!

When co-founders Bob Shantz, Richard Dyck and John Unruh joined forces to create the first-ever Friendship Golf tournament, they set in motion the opportunity to Play with Purpose at an event that has now raised more than $1-million to support those who are homeless.

This means you have helped thousands and thousands of men finding hope, healing and housing.

While we couldn’t gather for our usual tournament and banquet this year, thank you for joining together online to celebrate these 25 years.

We heard from our shelter team member, Mark, who knew years of homelessness himself, and from fellow golfers for whom our shelter was key to putting their loved one on a path to a better future!

We also honoured co-founder and committee member John Unruh’s unwavering annual support of Friendship Golf. John passed away earlier this year, and, as one of his last acts in a life of generosity, shared $10,000 in support to this event to see men move beyond homelessness. Thank you for helping raise the $45,000 needed for shelter from this event and funding belonging for these men!

Thank you to Len & Brenda Jewitt for providing the $10,000 matching gift.

And a special thank you to our generous sponsors:





Menno S. Martin Contractor Limited


Posted on: August 22nd, 2021

Since 1996, friends of House of Friendship have been gathering on the second Wednesday in July raising over $1 million since the tournament’s inception!

Money raised from this annual favourite provides support to House of Friendship’s ShelterCare program, where men experiencing homelessness will receive 24/7 care and support, including on-site health care and help with a permanent place to call home. To learn more about ShelterCare, visit

More than 150 golfers join in each year to enjoy a barbecue lunch before taking to the greens for a fun shotgun round of golf with lots of competitions and prizes (and a few mulligans!).

Afterwards, while sharing in a delicious buffet dinner, golfers will hear stories that their support makes possible for men experiencing homelessness, followed by a live auction to Fund Belonging in support of our Shelter programs.

A special thanks to our amazing sponsors for Friendship Golf 2022!




To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Shira Ginsler, Special Events and Donor Relations Officer, at



Posted on: October 21st, 2015

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