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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. One in every 3,600 children born in Canada has CF. CF causes various effects on the body, but mainly affects the digestive system and lungs.

At present, there is no cure.

Our goal is to create a platform for Cystic Fibrosis Canada that engages young professionals through a peer-to-peer philanthropy experience. We think it’s critical that the event engages this demographic, as people living with cystic fibrosis reach a difficult period in their 20s and 30s, as they balance the impact of CF on their adult lives.

We’re excited for what lies ahead, and we’re happy to have you join us in this pursuit. Together, we can make CF stand for Cure Found within our lifetime.

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Bowling for Impact

2,700,000

Raised by Lawn Summer Nights events since 2009 and counting.

47+

Events in 20+ cities across Canada

5000+

Participants in LSN events

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From pub crawls to dance-off’s, raising money for your team doesn’t have to get you down! Explore these tools to learn how to make fundraising for LSN as simple as a warm summer’s night.

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 opens at a specific date & time for each city – so before registration opens, make sure you know when you need to be online. You must register from a computer, not a mobile device. When registration opens in your city the Register Now button will go live and you’ll be able to navigate to our registration site.

Remember, only the team captain needs to register – all other teammates can join the team once it is 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 previous years to register?

Answer: No – 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 that password. How can I reset it?

Answer: When you click “Forgot Password” on the Login page, it will email you your username, which you need to then re-enter 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?

Answer: You need a minimum of four players to create a team. Most cities have 4 or 5 player registration options. Whichever option you choose, that is how many players you are allowed to have 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 – especially useful if you aren’t able to commit to all four nights! – they can all join your team online and fundraise to help you reach your goal.

If more team members want to attend each night – so say, for example, you registered for a four player team and six members want to come for the final night, don’t worry. The additional two members can purchase social tickets and still attend!

How do I invite my friends to join my team?

Answer: Team members can either Search for your team online or you can send them direct links from inside your Fundraising Hub (after you login). On the left hand side click Team > Recruit team members and create a custom email to invite your friends!

What’s the dress code #onthegreens?

Answer: 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?

Answer: Lawn Summer Nights is a third party fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis 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. For more information on what Cystic Fibrosis Canada does with their fundraising proceeds, visit their website here.

Is LSN kid-friendly?

Answer: As much as we love kids, you must be of legal drinking age to attend a Lawn Summer Nights event. We have a big crowd of young people who are enjoying cocktails and networking with one another in a small space, and we do not have the staff available to ensure everybody stays safe.

What does a typical night look like?

Answer: 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 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. Each event provides a light dinner. 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?

Answer: If there’s a LSN event in your city, get your friends together and register! If you’re interested in helping execute an event in your city, 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 of a brand you think would be a great fit for a partnership with us? Email our National Coordinator at [email protected]!

My team needs a little help with fundraising.

Answer: We’re happy to help! Check out our Fundraising Handbook for ideas and how-tos to take your fundraising game to the next level. Still looking for ideas? Reach out to us at [email protected]

What happens if it rains?

Answer: While we try to persevere through a little drizzle, there’s nothing fun about bowling in torrential rain, and 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?

Answer: 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!

Why do you sell out so quickly?

Answer: 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 allowed that can bowl in a tournament style at the same time. 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 get a team, 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!

Answer: 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 cover expenses and therefore do not qualify as donations.