Inspired by our friend Eva.
Eva Markvoort spent her life with cystic fibrosis, and her mission was finding a cure.
Our first lawn bowling event began in 2009, inspired by Eva Markvoort. On October 23, 2007 Eva underwent a double lung transplant. It was part of a historic night for the Vancouver General Hospital, as they performed a record-setting ten transplants in a 24 hour period.
With her new lungs, Eva was given a new lease on life. Eva’s transplant received a lot of media attention and after her recovery, she endeavoured to make people more aware of cystic fibrosis by blogging publicly about her life. Eva’s blog resonated with people around the world and she garnered a huge following of friends and supporters.
Whenever Eva found herself spending extended time in the hospital having difficulty with her lungs, she longed to be outside breathing fresh air, spending time with old friends and making new ones. This is exactly what lawn bowling enabled her to do.
Not long after lawn bowling finished that first summer, Eva’s body suddenly began rejecting her new lungs and she was forced back into the hospital. As her chronic rejection intensified, she became less able to see her friends. Never one to give up, she battled against all odds to stay alive in the hopes of getting another transplant. Sadly, Eva lost her fight with cystic fibrosis on March 27, 2010. She was 25 years old.
Eva was a truly magical person, and her legacy is only the beginning. Inspired by her life, her struggle and her story, we’re carrying on from where Eva left off; endeavouring to accomplish what she cared for the most – enjoying life, and finding a cure for CF.
“Love love love everyone.” – Eva Markvoort
About Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. At present, there is no cure.
CF causes various effects on the body, but mainly affects the digestive system and lungs. The degree of cystic fibrosis severity differs from person to person, however, the persistence of ongoing infection in the lungs causing destruction of the lungs and loss of lung function, will eventually lead to death in the majority of people with CF.
It is estimated that one in every 3,600 children born in Canada has CF. More than 4,300 Canadian children, adolescents, and adults with cystic fibrosis attend specialized CF clinics.
Events in cities across Canada
Participants in LSN events
What are people saying about us?
“Thank you for an incredible experience! So excited to get involved again next year, we’re already planning team names and outfits.”
“Well organized and tons of fun. Hope to secure a spot for next year!”
“An amazing fundraising event! My team is excited for next year, and we’ve had lots of friends ask about it and how they can sign up next year.”
“Incredible event that I really look forward to participating and helping raise money for each year. You guys did an incredible job.”
“Such a great event! My team and I look forward to it every year!”
“Great event, great cause and looking forward to another great year!”
All of the FAQ
How does registration work?
Registration for Lawn Summer Nights 2022 opened on Wednesday June, 1. To register, click on the “Locations” tab in the navigation bar, find your local city, and click on the “REGISTER NOW” button on your city’s location page. You must register from a computer, not a mobile device.
Remember, only the team captain needs to register – all other teammates can join the team once the team page has been created. We accept Visa and Mastercard through our secure payment processing gateway.
PRO TIP: Don’t spend too much time on your team name during registration – you can always change it later!
Can I use a login from a previous year to register?Since fundraising is only open during the bowling season we create a brand-new site each year, which means your old login details won’t work anymore. Don’t waste time trying to guess your old password, just create a new one!
I created a new login for this year, but I don’t remember the password. How can I reset it?
Click on “Forgot your username or password?” on the login pop-up page, and then enter your username on the subsequent page. An email will be sent to you containing instructions on how to reset your password.
Having trouble? Just email us at [email protected] and we’ll reset it for you!
How many people can be on a team?
You need a minimum of four players to create a team. Most cities allow you to have 4 – 5 players per team. Whichever option you choose, that is how many players are allowed to bowl each night. However, there is no limit to how many team members can join online. This means that if you have a large group of friends or co-workers who want to take turns attending each night. They can all join your team online and fundraise to help you reach your goal. This is especially helpful if you aren’t able to commit to all four nights.
If more than five team members want to attend each night, for example, you registered a team of five people and the sixth member wants to come for the final night, don’t worry; the additional teammate can purchase a social ticket and still attend!
How do I invite my friends to join my team?Team members can either search for your team or you can send them a direct link from inside your Fundraising Hub (after you log in). On the left-hand side navigation bar click “Team”, and then “Recruit Team Members”. Customize the pre-generated recruitment email to invite your friends!
What’s the dress code #onthegreens?
Our dress code can be best described as “leisure wear” – and we keep the term pretty loose. TBH, most teams wear coordinated outfits or costumes that match their team name. We’ve seen everything from dinosaur costumes (Jur-grassic Lawn) to tropical shirts (Tropical Punch Bowl) to Rolling Stone t-shirts (the Bowling Stones) – so the limit is pretty much your imagination.
That being said, we do have one rule: no heels allowed on the greens (that includes wedges and low-heeled dress shoes), so make sure you wear flat-soled shoes, or you’ll be bowling barefoot.
Where does the money go?
Lawn Summer Nights is a third-party fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Canada (CF Canada). All proceeds from our event go directly to CF Canada. That means that everything above our expenses – which are covered by our registration fees – is a direct donation to the charity.
Funds raised through Lawn Summer Nights contribute to the work being done by Cystic Fibrosis Canada to benefit local communities nationwide. Fundraising dollars are used to fund innovative cystic fibrosis (CF) research, improve access to life-changing and life-sustaining medicines, ensure the care and support the CF community needs is available, and overall, improve and lengthen lives. For more information, please visit www.cysticfibrosis.ca.
What is your refund policy?
A lot of planning goes into Lawn Summer Nights – planning that’s done by committees comprised entirely of volunteers. We hope that if you register for an LSN event, it’s because you have fully read the event details and are able to commit to attending the event in its entirety (or you have subs on speed dial!).
Life happens, and we try our best to be accommodating. If you request a refund 30 days before the first event night, we will authorize a refund of your team registration fee. There are no refunds available within 30 days of the first event night, as we need to confirm numbers for our liquor permits, beverage vendors, and catering.
Is LSN kid-friendly?As much as we love kids, you must be of legal drinking age to attend a Lawn Summer Nights event.
What does a typical night look like?
After you check in at the registration table, you’re free to start mixing and mingling. Meet the teams you’re going up against, check the schedule to see what lane you’re on in round #1, grab a drink and take in the atmosphere. We promise it’s one you won’t forget!
You’ll play different teams each round, and some cities build in a social round where you can watch the other teams, strategize, and hit up the bar. You can also find raffles, silent auctions, additional lawn games, and much more! Most cities host an afterparty each week to keep the fun going even after the sun goes down, so make sure you’re following your city on social media to find out what they’ve got planned!
How can I get involved?
If there’s a LSN event in your city, get your friends together and register a team! If you’re interested in helping execute an event, you can email your city directly or reach out to us at [email protected] for more information on volunteering.
Do you work for or know a brand you think would be a great fit for a partnership with us? Email our national manager at [email protected]!
My team needs a little help with fundraising.
What happens if it rains?While we try to persevere through a little drizzle, there’s nothing fun about bowling in a torrential downpour, so sometimes our events get postponed. If you aren’t sure about the weather in your city on event night, make sure you check out your city’s social media page – they’ll post an update about any weather delays!
What happens if one of my teammates can’t make it one night?
This is a great opportunity to introduce LSN to someone new! You’re allowed (and encouraged!) to have subs join your team online to help your team fundraise and to fill in for any team member that can’t bowl.
PRO TIP: Have your subs join your team online for a faster check-in process at the event!
Why do you sell out so quickly?
While we’d love to have everybody attend our events, we are limited by the legal capacity of our lawn bowling clubs. This means that we only have a certain number of team spots available. And since our events are organized by volunteer committees, we can’t always create more than one event in the same city.
We have tried to create other opportunities for you to get involved if you can’t secure a team spot, and we encourage you to snag some and come enjoy the fun from the sidelines. The best way to guarantee yourself a spot your second year is to become a top fundraiser! Top fundraising teams win early access to the registration process to get access before it opens to the public.
I made a donation online but have not received a tax receipt – help!Thank you so much for supporting Lawn Summer Nights! All tax receipts for donations are automatically emailed to donors. Sometimes they can slip into your spam folder, so make sure you check there. If you still haven’t received it, email us at [email protected] and we’ll help track it down. Remember – this does not apply to registration fees, as those fees do not qualify as donations.