GFI receives $5,000 grant from province

The Grand Forks International baseball tournament has received a grant from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development's Hosting BC program.

The provincial government has given a grant to the Grand Forks International baseball tournament (GFI).

As part of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development’s Hosting BC program, the Grand Forks International 2001 Society will receive $5,000.

“We, of course, are very grateful and pleased. It’s wonderful support for the GFI,” explained Gerry Foster, tournament media and PR person.

He said that Co-ordinator Joan Thomas, who was out of town and unavailable for comment, had worked hard on the application for the grant and was looking forward to hearing good news on that front.

“I know she’s thrilled over it,” Foster said.

Hosting BC is a managed partnership between the BC Games Society and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation (Tourism BC) and the Hosting BC grant program provides grants to organizations in the province to put on sporting events.

“This is what the Hosting BC program is all about,” Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater said in a release.

“Supporting great local events like Grand Forks’ international baseball tournament.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon.”

This isn’t the only financial contribution that the tournament has received recently. In late-June Roxul announced that Roxul Inc. came on as a platinum sponsor with a $7,500 donation to the tournament while the Grand Forks Credit Union was announced as a gold sponsor with a donation of $5,500 in mid-July.

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