Burris thanks friends for help

Wes Gilbertson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:26 AM ET

Since launching his annual all-star weekend fundraiser six years ago, Henry Burris has witnessed plenty of progress.

Just not necessarily on the tees and greens.

“I’ve been hearing horror stories about all the golfers.

I was a horror story,” Burris said with a smile.

“From what I saw out there, just horrendous.”

The Calgary Stampeders star QB might be a long ways from breaking par, but his annual fundraising event has been a definite success story.

Since 2006, the annual shindig, which continues with Saturday’s football camp and gala, has raised more than $400,000 in support of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Calgary and Area.

The celebrity participants in Friday’s golf tournament included Stampeders stars Ken-Yon Rambo, Joffrey Reynolds and Juwan Simpson, plus football legends Don Narcisse and Pee Wee Smith. Other familiar faces in the crowd at Springbank Links included Stamps head coach John Hufnagel, Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Chris Getzlaf, plus NFLers Tom Johnson and Emmanuel Arceneaux.

And it’s safe to say, they’re not all coming to town because they’re avid golfers. In fact, some of Burris’ buddies only tee it up once a year.

“To have your friends out here, it means the world,” Burris said.

“When you’re trying to do something and your friends are out there, putting in the effort and giving up their free time to come spend time with you and help you reach the goal you’re trying to reach as far as helping the charity, that’s great.”


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