21st Annual Gentle Ben Charity Challenge Presents:

GB 21 IN LAS VEGAS!!
“Whatever Happens at the GB STAYS at the GB”

GBers are BETTING that you can help us conquer cancer!!! 

Las Vegas, Nevada | November 7/8 to 11, 2018

The Ultimate Golf & Entertainment Getaway in support of Cancer Care and Research.

Dear Gentle Ben Golfers,

Over the past 21 years, the Gentle Ben Charity Challenge has raised over $1.5 million to fund cancer support and research programs. We are thrilled to announce our 2018 destination – Las Vegas, Nevada.

We listened closely to what you had to say; you wanted a “play & stay” resort, entertainment, and great value. Well, we’ve responded with our own GB hospitality – the best deal and package in our event’s history!!

This year, the GB has it all. The GB has gone to some amazing places in the past, and you will not be disappointed with this year’s venue. Don’t just listen to what we say, here’s what the experts say:

RESORT

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa invites you to discover luxury and comfort here in Nevada. Situated in the stylish Summerlin area of the city, our hotel features immaculately redesigned rooms and suites with pillowtop bedding, marble bathrooms, high-speed Wi-Fi and walk-in closets. Sample fresh Italian cuisine, juicy steaks, healthy options and more at one of our several restaurants, or dine in your hotel room 24 hours a day. Additional resort amenities include the championship TPC Las Vegas golf course, a luxury on-site spa and a sparkling waterfall pool. Spend time at Rampart Casino while you're with us, too. If you're hosting a 
meeting or event in Nevada, you'll appreciate our expansive venues and delicious catering. In addition to being a short distance from the excitement of the Strip via a complimentary shuttle, our hotel also provides close proximity to attractions including Tivoli Village, Downtown Summerlin and Red Rock National Park. Plan your getaway today at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa.

GOLF COURSE

Angel Park Palm & Mountain Courses

Palm Course – The Palm Course opened in 1989 and was designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer and has views of the Red Rock  Mountains as well as the Las Vegas Strip. The Palm Course is not a long layout but poses challenges to golfers with difficult  putting surfaces, perfectly positioned sand bunkers and par 3's that will require great precision. The par 5's are opportunities  to make up some strokes and the par 4's will test your accuracy from tee to green.

Mountain Course – The Mountain Course opened in 1990 and was designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer and has beautiful views of the Red Rock Mountains. Situated on the west side of the property, the Mountain Course is slightly longer than the Palm Course and has more difficult playing the par 5's and par 4's. Like the Palm Course, the Mountain Course has some challenging putting surfaces and a player must have great focus to make putts.

ENTERTAINMENT HAVEN

Are you ready to make a donation to the Las Vegas roads program, or declare yourself a winner and bring home big bucks? GBers will be indulging themselves with FOOD,  GAMBLING and ENTERTAINMENT – remember what happens at the GB stays at the GB!!

TRAVEL

In the past, we have arranged group flights. But one of the problems with booking off a section 
of the plane is that those are normally not the discounted seats.  

To save you money, we’ve decided to let you book individually, either with your preferred travel agent (i.e. Expedia or other travel web sites, or directly with airlines) or with the assistance of our own travel agency, New Wave Travel: speak with Margaret at 416-928-3113 and she’ll do all of the leg work.

Our estimate is that booking flights this way will save you approximately 50% compared to group bookings.

Beneficiaries and Fundraising

Year after year, we are blown away by the incredible fundraising efforts of our participants.  Although the GB receives some corporate donations, the bulk of our fundraising is carried out by our golfers.

This year, we require each golfer to raise a minimum of $1,000 towards our designated charities; which provide care and support to cancer patients. If you fall a bit short we will be asking you to top it up on your credit card, and you will get a full receipt!!

We continue to make it easy to solicit donations, as people can donate on a secure online site. The online donations have proven to be a powerful tool; so much so that the average GB golfer doubled their previous donation effort. By approaching family, friends, colleagues, and business contacts – and through their own generosity – our golfers have always come through big for us.

Cancer touches everyone, and this year we want to know the cancer-related charities that are most meaningful to you. So please give the GB Committee your input, which will help us decide the specific charities to look at and possibly support.

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, Nov 7th: Some GBers are coming in a day early for a practice round and some R&R.

Thursday, Nov 8th: Depending upon when you arrive – some of us will use this day as a 
tune up for GB Golf Tournament. Others will relax in the sun. The GB Committee will be looking into some Entertainment venues for each of the evenings.

• Friday, Nov 9th: Morning tee off - Day 1 Golf. Relax around the pool, play another round, then get ready for an unbelievable evening of music, food and all things Vegas!!

• Saturday, Nov 10th: Morning tee off - Day 2 Golf. Evening: Dinner, entertainment and awards!!

Sunday, Nov 11th: For some it is departure day, for others it is the last chance to make back your money at the slots!

COSTS & NEXT STEPS

Can you believe it…we have lowered our cost again!!!!  At the GB - we believe in transparency - below are the fixed costs for Hotel and estimates for tickets, bus, etc.

Land (approx. cost $US)

Hotel Costs: Based on Per Person

Golf Costs: 2 Rounds: $79 US per round or $158 US for two rounds.

Additional costs estimates to be added to the total:

• Participation Fee: $158.20 CAD ($140 + HST) split between our travel agent for a service fee, and to the GB to buy prizes for our golfers. (Will be charged before departure)
Famous GB Reverse Draw: $50 USD (collected on site)
Entertainment: Bring only what you can afford to lose!!

Note - we may see some slight variation up or down - but this gives you a good guestimate.

Cancellation
If for whatever reason you need to cancel – the hotel has advised us that we can cancel up to 48 hours prior to the event. We are getting information on the golf course – but expect something similar.

Your Next Steps
We urge you to fill out the Gentle Ben Registration Form and return a.s.a.p., as we have limited spots available and expect to sell out quickly.

Note: we will reserve all participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact us by e-mail, phone or fax to confirm your interest with a non-refundable down payment of $140.00+GST:

• By e-mail: gbgolfcommittee@gmail.com
• By phone: 416-932-3588 (work)
• By fax: 416-932-3630