The PGIs for Literacy

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In 1985, while playing on what had been his grandfather’s favourite golf course, award-winning Canadian broadcaster and journalist Peter Gzowski had an idea…
Why couldn’t he organize a fun-filled golf tournament for a few friends and perhaps raise a dollar or two for adult literacy at the same time?
A year later, his ‘little fundraising tournament’ evolved into the Peter Gzowski Invitational (PGI), a national series of locally produced golf tournaments featuring musicians, media and literacy celebrities.
Held annually in every province and territory, over 50,000 people have taken part in PGIs across the country since 1986. In the process, more than $13.9 million has been raised for volunteer-based literacy programs. These funds directly support literacy initiatives in the provinces and territories where the PGIs are held.


Total Raised for Literacy


of funds stayed in the host community


of funds used to support literacy

Help Change Lives By Supporting Literacy

Nowhere else in Canada will you find fundraising events like the PGIs. Groups of highly motivated local volunteers supported by well- known Canadian writers, poets, musicians and other celebrities coming together to raise funds for literacy. With at least one PGI in every province and territory, the reach of the PGIs’ far exceeds that of any other literacy fundraising event in Canada. Every dollar raised at both the national and local level is directed to literacy programs in the communities in which the tournaments and fundraising events take place.