The untimely loss of two Vernon squash community members has deeply saddened players and the community. But their legacy as passionate community builders and champions was celebrated with a different kind of ball and hand-held implement.
The first Rob LeNoury and Dave Hentschel Golf Fundraiser raised $6,251, which will support the Hentschel and LeNoury Memorial Squash Program, a youth initiative born from their shared vision and administered through North Okanagan Youth and Family Service Society (NOYFSS) and The Roster Sports Club.
Hosted at the Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club and The Roster on June 17, the fundraiser drew 60 enthusiastic golfers for an 18-hole game, followed by a gathering featuring a burger bar and silent auction.
“The loss of both Dave and Rob has deeply shaken our community, but we know that both of them would want us to continue their legacy of supporting youth,” said Mike Collins, friend of Hentschel and LeNoury and organizer of the fundraiser.
Before Hentschel’s passing earlier this year, he played a pivotal role in establishing the Rob LeNoury Memorial Squash Program after Rob’s sudden passing in 2020. Now in its third year, the program has been renamed the Hentschel and LeNoury Memorial Squash Program to honour both men.
“This program embodies their shared dream of promoting squash and empowering young minds,” said Collins. “Dave and Rob were pillars of our city, volunteer firefighters, and advocates for our youth and community. I am grateful to have played a small part in keeping this program alive in the community.”
Hentschel and LeNoury were passionate squash players at The Roster. Over the past three years, the youth program has introduced numerous children aged eight to 14 to the game of squash, and the many benefits that go with participating in youth sport.
To honour their memory and further contribute to the Hentschel and LeNoury Memorial Squash Program, visit the donation page at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/north-okanagan-youth-andfamily-services-society/