On Feb. 5, the Rotary Club of High River and the Highwood Golf & Country Club teamed up for Fish Friday and it was a booming success.
The goal was to bring people in to try the great food at the golf course, while also raising some money for the Rotary Club.
10 per cent of the net sales that day was given back to Rotary, who give back to the community. The total amount given was $950 and Highwood Golf rounded it up to $1,000.
This comes at a time when most fundraisers have been cancelled due to COVID.
Highwood Golf thought Fish Friday was a big success.
“We sold out about 180 orders of fish within the week it was advertised,” said Food, Beverage & Events Manager at Highwood Golf, Ryan Middlebrook.
“We have worked with the Rotary club before as they have their yearly tournament here and many of their executives are members here at the golf course.”
“We have been fortunate that during all the COVID shutdown, we have continued providing takeout meals for the High River community, and giving back was something we were able to do.”
The idea for Fish Friday started with Highwood Golf’s executive Chef, Yvonne Richards who came up with an idea of supporting a local charity through takeout.
The golf course did not financially benefit from sales, but they were happy to work with the Rotary Club and help them out. They also appreciate the advertising the event brought.
“It has helped us reach out to households who may never have thought about dining with us or ordering takeout from us. There is still a large stigma that only golfers can dine here or, that you have to be a member, however that couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Middlebrook.
“We are always open to the public, and we rely on that public support throughout the year, especially in the winter time. Hopefully we see the benefits in the future with new customers coming to dine with us. We have the towns best (covered) patio with great views in the summertime, as well as a warm full service restaurant in the winter time.”
Highwood Golf’s restaurant the Foxes Den re-opened Feb 8th when the government allowed in person dining.
“The biggest thing we have been trying to promote over the last couple years is that we are here, we have meeting spaces, a great banquet room, a great restaurant where public is always welcome. If the parking lot is full during the summertime remember, it’s a golf course, don’t scare off, chances are there is still lots of space available in the dining room, especially on league nights.”