They don’t need to search for people to participate or open their wallets.
When Cheryl and Jody Lambert of Coldstream, owners of Geotech Drilling, host a golf tournament for Vernon Search and Rescue, friends, family and colleagues eagerly show their support.
The second SOS For VSAR (Supporting Our Searchers) golf tournament was held recently at Vernon Golf and Country Club, and the 18-hole Texas Scramble tournament raised $55,000, $5,000 more than the first event in 2019. The tournament was postponed the last two years due to COVID.
“We didn’t expect to earn this much because COVID was tough for some businesses,” Cheryl Lambert said. “Jody and I are very grateful and really appreciate all the support we have received from our local businesses, friends and family.
The tournament started in 2019 as a way for the family to thank VSAR, who saved Lambert’s son in 2018.
Brett Lambert was snowmobiling with a group of friends on Hunters Ranger near Enderby in January 2018 when he parted ways with the group.
After two hours of no contact, Lambert was reported missing and VSAR was mobilized on the instruction of a 9-1-1 dispatcher.
“You always hear about something like search and rescue and other volunteer groups, but until it comes near you,” Jody said in a 2019 interview with The Morning Star, so as his wife finished her sentence. “You realize the resource is needed to search for people safely,” Cheryl said. “The next day I thought we had to do something.”
The inaugural golf tournament raised $50,000. The tournament will be an annual event.
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