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

Playing with Purpose since 1996

House of Friendship’s Friendship Golf tournament continues to be a cherished annual tradition, bringing together caring community members and local businesses to “take a swing at homelessness!”

Attendees have helped raised more than $1.4 million in two decades!

Funds raised from this annual favourite provides support to House of Friendship’s ShelterCare program. At our new facility, 100 men have access to on-site medical care, help finding permanent housing, and a dignified place to become healthier and exit the cycle of homelessness for good. We couldn’t do it without caring community members like YOU! To learn more about ShelterCare, visit

Golfers take to the greens for a fun afternoon including a shotgun round of golf with competitions and prizes (and a few mulligans!). Following the Friendship Golf Tournament, players will enjoy a buffet dinner while hearing stories that their support helps make possible for men experiencing homelessness, as well as bid on amazing items in the silent auction and join our live auction!


To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or how you can get involved, contact Tori-Lyn Hill, Special Events & Donor Relations Officer at


Posted on: October 21st, 2015

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