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.. The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick has raised more than $1.6 million dollars for literacy since our inaugural PGI event 15 years ago. Funds raised go directly to youth, adult and family literacy programs around the province, including support for our schools, libraries and community groups.