9th charity golf tournament (2019)
Anže Kopitar and Joc Pečečnik join forces to break records for charity
An all-star athlete and an exceptional entrepreneur have joined forces at their annual charity golf tournament on the last Saturday in August of this year and successfully broke the record for the highest collected amount in a charity auction in Slovenia. Their auction made history by collecting 239,757.75 Euros for those in need.
This year’s tournament has marked the ninth year of your unwavering support. Again we have managed to build an unimaginable project for those who need our assistance the most. The funds we have collected at this year’s charity golf tournament will be handed over to the Jesenice General Hospital and the Red Ball charity institute towards the children of socially endangered families whose parents are unable to provide a carefree life. We thank you from the bottom of our hearths for your help, perseverance and cooperation because every little bit helps.
We also wish to thank all the sponsors that made our story truly exceptional: Addiko Bank, AK11, Akron, Akrapovič, Accentec, academic painter Roman Slekovec, Adriatic Slovenica, Airpass, Cargo Partner, Conditus, Cvetličarna Khaya, Decor & Design, Dr. Glass, Diagnostika Clarus, Golf course Royal Bled, In.Co Invest, Interblock, Krili, Kirurgija Bitenc, Makplast, MennYacht, Milšped, Mit, NLB, Plastika Skaza, Pohištvo Novak, POS Elektronček, Riko, Rap-Ing, Ski&Sea, Star Travel, Studio 37, Slovenian Business Club, Summit Avto, Suzo Happ, Vzajemna, Žiher hiše, Mateja Benedetti life and many Slovenian celebrities, including Luka Dončič, Primož Roglič, Tim Gajser, film and television actor, director and stand-up comic Branko Đurić Đuro, reporter and anchorman Uroš Slak and many others.
Of the collected record amount of EUR 239,757.75 we have donated EUR 15,000.00 EUR to the Jesenice General Hospital to purchase devices for physical activity of overweight children. The remainder of the funds is intended for children of socially endangered families to try and fulfill at least a little part of their dreams through Christmas presents and winter or summer holidays so that even those who have never stood on skis or seen the sea can enjoy a few carefree days on holiday.
8th charity golf tournament (2018)
Charity knows no borders
Anže Kopitar and Joc Pečečnik host their 8th annual charity golf tournament. Through the years, Anže and Joc have become not only a successful athlete and an entrepreneur, but also great philanthropists.
The charity tournament will be hosted at the traditional location of the Royal Bled golf course on the last Saturday of August, the 25th of August 2018. As in the years before their charitable efforts are supported by Anže’s team AK11 and many notable names from sports, as well as friends and partners of Joc Pečečnik and his Interblock Group. To date the tournaments have collected a considerable sum of 329,361.22 €.
In the pantheon of Slovenian sports Anže’s name is placed firmly among the greatest athletes of all time and the successes he has achieved make sure that he is remembered. We will never forget his crowning achievement of winning two Stanley Cups, which Anže too considers the greatest success of his career. But there are plenty of other notable accomplishments such as not only qualifying and playing at the Olympics with the tiny nation of Slovenia, but also many individual awards and successes.
Joc Pečečnik firmly believes that the secret to success lies in persistence, dedication, vision and the ability to find truly reliable and honest coworkers. He believes that an unwavering vision, persistence and a bit of luck can achieve anything. Above all, he is a man who loves his life, his family, sports, his environment and challenges. He remains faithful to his roots and is always ready to support individuals and associations on their way towards their dreams.
Organization and main sponsorship of the event has again been taken on by Joc Pečečnik and his Interblock Group while many successful Slovenian companies have provided their generous support for the event, including Addiko Bank, Akron, Akrapovič, Accentec, academic painter Roman Slekovec, Adriatic Slovenica, Cargo Partner, Conditus, Cvetličarna Khaya, Decor & Design, Dr. Glass, DZS, Golfarna, Golf course Royal Bled, In.Co Invest, Interblock, Krili, Kirurgija Bitenc, Makplast, MennYacht, Mijaks Group, Milsped, Mit, NLB, Plastika Skaza, Pohištvo Novak, POS Elektronček, Rap-ing, Riko, Star Travel, Slovenian Business Club, Summit Avto, Vzajemna and many Slovenian celebrities, including Filip Flisar, Jan Oblak, Goran Dragić, Tina Maze, Zlatan Ibrahimović, actor and stand-up comic Branko Đurić Đuro, the Kvatropirci band and the Ars Lumina quartet. A special thanks is also due to the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor and many others.
The raised funds under the auspices of the Red Ball Institution and the SBC Foundation will be used to help socially disadvantaged families and individuals, the pediatric department of Jesenice General Hospital and three young and talented athletes. A full quarter of the funds collected this year will be intended for a completely new project, the establishment of a holiday home for socially disadvantaged children.
7th charity golf tournament (2017)
Anže and Joc break records for charity
Past Saturday, the 26th of August 2017, was a day of success for charity. Funds were raised for seven different organizations by anybody with a sense of charity, headed by the most successful Slovenian hockey player Anže Kopitar and successful entrepreneur Joc Pečečnik, who have devoted their time and effort to make this, the fifth edition of their annual charity golf tournament, the best to date.
When the hot summer day turned to night, the tension at the event continued to grow until the final amount of raised funds was announced. The extraordinary sum of EUR 110,871.80 broke the record. It is great news for those set to receive aid and a difficult task for organizers of charitable events because it will be difficult to pass this amount in Slovenia.
This time the funds raised under the auspices of the Red Ball Institution, a SBC Foundation, will be used to help the “Happy Feet” society for persons with intellectual disabilities for their Faithful Donor project, developing programs to help a greater number of children and their families, the “Comma instead of a full stop” society for persons with intellectual disabilities which will be allocating funding to its members, including Nejc Robič who suffered respiratory distress and brain hemorrhage at birth, resulting in a severe form of cerebral paralysis, the Pediatric Department of Jesenice General Hospital for the purchase of a 24h hour ECG machine (a device that detects signs of illness as well as other problems of the heart), the Association of Friends of the Youth Ljubljana Moste Polje for the Europe and the Youth project – an organised travel to central and southern Italy for 8-10 prospective youths and a weekend camp for about 20 families at risk or over 60 persons in autumn and assistance for three young and talented athletes Lovro Plank (biathlon), Lucija Šušteršič (track & field) and Gašper Štih (swimming).
A better tomorrow was provided by: Akrapovič, Arkas, Avto hiša Vrtač, Accentec, Avto Aktiv, Blažič, robni trakovi, Conditus, Cvetličarna Khaya, Dat-con, Decor & Design, Dr. Glass, Elvez, E-branjevka, Elbacom, Eurocom, GEC Plešce, Golf igrišče Royal Bled, Icepeak, Iskratel, Jezeršek Gostinstvo, Kirurgija Bitenc, Lotrič Meroslovje, Lumar, Makplast, MennYacht, Mebor, Modri val, Mit, NLB, Plastika Skaza, POS Elektronček, Riko, Roto, Star Travel, Summit Avto, Vitraj and notable Slovenians including Filip Flisar, Luka Dončič, Domen Prevc, Jure Košir, Tomaž Vnuk, Peter Mankoč, Goran Dragič, stand up comedians Denis Avdič and Vid Valič, singer Ditka and winner of Slovenia has Talent 2014 Jana Šušteršič, magician Magic Aleksander and many others.
SINCERE THANKS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!
Photo: Andrej Križ and Tadej Majhenič
6th charity golf tournament (2016)
A record 62,064 euros were collected
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, under the shelter of a warm summer night, Anže Kopitar and the main organizer and sponsor of the 6th charity golf tournament, Joc Pečečnik and his Interblock group, together with many entrepreneurs, athletes and individuals, dedicatedly collected money until the last auction item was not sold. The highlight of the evening, with the announcement of the amount of funds collected and the awarding of symbolic checks to the recipients of the funds, brought tears to many eyes.
“Every year we are again surprised by how many attentive and sympathetic people join our now traditional event”, commented Joc Pečečnik, founder and owner of the Interblock Group, who is also the main organizer and sponsor of Anžet’s golf tournament for the fourth year in a row. “This time we collected a truly extraordinary EUR 62,064.42 and thus enabled six different recipients to at least have a slightly better tomorrow”.
In six years, a total of 218,489.42 euros was collected at Anže Kopitar’s charity tournaments.
This time, with the collected funds, we helped Emily, a 14-month-old girl who has been fighting a deadly disease for several months, as she suffered from a rare childhood cancer — neuroblastoma. In the coming months, she will undergo specialist treatment abroad. 6-year-old Jakob Zupan, who is awaiting another hip operation in Florida this year, the Matevž Langus Training, Work and Care Center in Radovljica, which cares for children, adolescents and adults with moderate, severe and severe intellectual disabilities, the Society foster homes of the Celje region, who take care of 130 children in foster care and will, within the framework of the donation, enable their children and young people to have a summer vacation in Izola, the Center for Social Work Maribor, which will also use funds to help the foster children and ŠK association Hrušica to build a multi-purpose playground for young and promising athletes.
A better tomorrow was made possible by:
Anže Kopitar and his team AK11,
Car dealership Vrtač,
Khaya Flower Shop,
Decor & Design,
Golf course Bled,
Slovenian Business Club,
Volo (Star Travel),
well-known Slovenian names such as Peter Prevc, Tim Gajser, Srečko Katanec, Brane Oblak, Jan Oblak, Uroš Zorman, Jure Košir, Bojan Križaj, journalist and presenter Uroš Slak, presenter and stand-up comedian Vid Valič, singer Alya, magician Magic Aleksander ( Slovenia has talent) and many individuals who participated either with games or by buying auction items, and last but not least, the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor, who donated a very special soccer ball with the signature of Prince Albert II of Monaco for the charity auction.
It is right to write down the results of the tournament itself at the end. Dragan Šolak, Tim Gornik, Bojan Križaj and Peter Prevc, who thus started his career as a golfer with third and first place, enjoyed absolute victory, while the best in the net category were Aleš Maček, David McDowell, Žiga Javh and Miloš Vujadinovič.
Sincere thanks to all participants!
5th charity golf tournament (2015)
39.275 euros for charity!
Exactly one year after the 4th annual charity golf tournament Anze Kopitar and the title sponsor Interblock Group and its owner Joc Pececnik once again organized annual charity golf tournament on Golf course Bled.
The event, bearing the slogan “PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION”, gathered 39,275.00 EUR this year, intended for the Making dreams come true project organized by the Red Ball Foundation and carried out by the Slovenian Association of Friends of Youth, young Slovenian national para-volleyball members Lana and Jana with the cooperation of Soca – Slovenian University Rehabilitation Institute and for the oldest Slovenian house, called “Kovakarjeva kajza”.
An interesting party of guests assembled to try their hand in golf, consisting of many celebrities from the world of sports, including former alpine skiing champions Jure Kosir and Bojan Krizaj, former ski jumper Primoz Ulaga, current and former hockey players Tomaz Vnuk, Marcel Rodman, Bostjan Golicic, Tomaz Razingar, and currently one of the best ski jumper in the world Peter Prevc and many notable personalities from the business world and many others.
Thank you all and see you next year!
4th charity golf tournament (2014)
42.950 euros for charity!
A slightly cloudy but no less positive Friday morning of 27 June 2014 was perfect for good deeds, goodwill and charity.
It was time for the fourth traditional charity golf tournament, organized by Anze Kopitar and the title sponsor Interblock Group and its owner Joc Pececnik.
The event, bearing the slogan “PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION”, gathered a record breaking 42,950.00 EUR this year, intended for the Making dreams come true project organised by the Red Ball Foundation and carried out by the Slovenian Association of Friends of Youth and the purchase of hand prostheses for Toni Perc from Senovo and Saso Plahuta from Dobravelj with the cooperation of Soca – Slovenian University Rehabilitation Institute.
An interesting party of guests assembled to try their hand in golf, consisting of many celebrities from the world of sports, including former alpine skiing champions Jure Kosir and Bojan Krizaj, former ski jumper Primoz Ulaga, current and former hockey players Tomaz Vnuk, Marcel Rodman, Bostjan Golicic, David Rodman, Ziga Jeglic and Andrej Tavzelj, many notable personalities from the business world and many others.
The event culminated with the visit of President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Borut Pahor, who voiced his support for this exceptional humanitarian project.
A special thanks goes Joc Pececnik and his Interblock team, all the players, participants and sponsors: Akrapovic, Riko Hise, Plastika Skaza, Star Travel, Pro-vizija, Postojna Cave, Blazic, robni trakovi, Roto, Siliko, Dat-Con, Eligo Bled, Lotric meroslovje, Kirurgija Bitenc, MKL systems, Kovis, Modri Val, Jezersek Catering, Merit International, Cvetlicarna Omers and Tope Group for helping bring this project to life, for their contribution and responsibility. Words could not become actions without them.
3rd charity golf tournament (2013)
26.200 EU for charity!
Anže Kopitar has joined forces with Joc Pečečnik and his trademark Elektronček (http://www.elektroncek.eu/) to organize his annual charity golf tournament. Bled golf course was once again at his best, Joc and Anže have gathered people from sports and business that care, people that are successful, famous and ready to help…
Among Anže’s guests were: Goran Dragič, Bojan Križaj, Jure Košir, Dejan Košir, Primož Ulaga, Luka Slabe, David Špiler, David Rodman, Žiga Jeglič, Andrej Tavželj, Boštjan Goličič, Tim Gornik, Gašper Kopitar, Miha Studen, Daniel Kraljič, Matjaž Kopitar and the famous Hollywood star Matthew Perry.
All the players and visitors, friends from Anže and Joc helped to raise 26.200 EU that were divided to three ifoundations. Each foundation recived a check for 8.733,33 EU.
SONČEK – the Cerebral Palsy Association of Slovenia is a nonprofit, nongovernmental and non-political organization for people with disabilities and their parents. It was established in 1983. The organization incorporates fifteen regional societies for cerebral palsy, the Society for prematurely born children, the Sport Society for cerebral palsy »Žarek« and »Sončkov klub«.(http://en.soncek.org/home/)
KŠD Hrušica – Local sports and cultural society from Hrušica, Anže’s home town.
RDEČA ŽOGA – A non profit charity foundation which was established by Joc Pečečnik helps socially endangered families and slovenian sport. (http://www.rdecazoga.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=4)
Money was raised with the help of unselfish people who donated their stuff to Anže for this charity event. There were singed Jerseys from Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, Mike Richards, Jonathan Quick, Luc Robitaille, Kobe Bryant, Goran Dragič, 2012 LA KINGS Jersey and Anže’s singed stick.
Best BRUTO team: Matjaž Kopitar, Dejan Košir, Daniel Kraljič and Božo Tratar
Best NETO team: Gašper Kopitar, Cody Lutz, David Špiler and Tim Gornik
W: Sonja Poljanšek Škrabec ( 177m )
M: Tim Gornik ( 288 m )
Nearest to the pin:
W: Elvira Marčeta ( 15, 08m )
M: Vlado Roksandič ( 0, 54 m )
Thank you verry much to all the sponsors and donors and we are all looking forward to seeing you next year. Last saturday in June.
2nd charity golf tournament (2012)
Over 25.000 euros for charity
Anze Kopitar, the first Slovenian born NHL player and Stanley cup champion again gathered his friends, athletes and those who care in Bled for his second charity golf tournament.
In association with Triglav an insurance company he will raise money for kids that can not afford simple things in life.
On Bled golf course Slovenia s oldest golf course and one of the most beautiful places in Europe a great group of golfers shoved up to play on Anze’s golf tournament. Jan Mursak, second Slovenian born NHL player, Anze’s team mate Justin Williams, Tomaz Razingar, Marcel and David Rodman, Tomaž Vnuk and Gašper Kopitar, Gerhard Unterluggauer an Austrian national team player, Matjaž Kopitar, famous baketball players Goran Dragič and Boris Gorenc, famous skiers, Jure Košir, Bojan Križaj, handball players, Uroš Zorman and David Špiler, Miha and Tomaž Pirih, an ex world snowboard champion Dejan Košir, Finnish hockey expert Kari Savolainen and NBC’s journalist Nick Gismondi.
They all managed to raise more than 25 000 Euros…
Anže said: “I am glad we made it again. We did something good for young ones. With Anze’s Eleven and an insurance company Triglav we care for our future. Step by step we show that it is important to have an active way of living, a healthy life and a lot of positive energy. My dreams came true when I raised the Stanley cup above my head and why wouldn’t I help others to have an unforgettable adventure in the nature.”
We thank Triglav, Sava hotels, Dinners, Autocommerce and Jelovica for all the help. Thank you.
1st charity golf tournament (2011)
More than 23.000 euros for charity
Anže, his friends and partners, have teamed up in 1st Anze’s Eleven Charity Golf tournament. More than 50 business partners of main partner SKB, Anze’s Eleven business partners, Sava d.d., Sava Hotels Bled d.d., Class I, Maros d.o.o. and Forvvard d.o.o., have raise more than 23.000 EUR that were given into Slovenian community.
As SKB’s executive managing director of bank, André-Marc Prudent and Anže noted, 10.000 eur was donated to Hospital in Jesenice, close to 8.000 eur was donated to Association of Youth Friends for socially handicapped children’s summer vacation and. They both invited everyone present as well as winder public to keep donating all over the summer month. Anze’s Eleven and SKB donated funds for school kits for children across Slovenia. There were more than 6.000 eur in the pot.
There were also some famous guests like Anže’s father Matjaž and brother Gašper, David and Marcel Rodman (members of Slovenian ice-hockey national team), Jure Košir (ex. Slovenian alpine skier, won bronze in OWG 1994 in Slalom), Dejan Košir (one of the best Slovenian snowboarders, World Champion 2003), Jan Muršak (Second Slovenian-born player in NHL), Boris Gorenc (one of the best Slovenian basketball players), Tomaž Razingar (the captain of Slovenian ice-hockey national team), Valter Birsa (member of Slovenian national football team), Zala Pia Jenko (the best Slovenian female golf player), Miha Pirih (one of the best Slovenian rowers, won bronze in WC 2009), Grega Vidmar (one of the best Slovenian golf players), Bojan Križaj (ex. Slovenian alpine skier, 8 time World Cup winner), Ernest Aljančič (member of IIHF), Per Nygårds (ice-hockey coach), Patrick Pilloni (ice-hockey manager), Tomaž Čižman (ex. Slovenian alpine skier, won bronze in WC89 in SuperG) and Gerhard Unterluggauer (Austrian ice-hockey player).
The winners were Tomaž Razingar, Srečko Medven, Aleš Stopar and Mitja Zorn.