$15,000 Raised at Our First Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Posted on 09/06/2014

Photo Credit, Marc Desjardins

A Great Success

On Thursday, June 5th, 105 people, including 80 golfers, joined us for golf, dinner and a rousing good time at the beautiful Chateau Cartier Golf Course in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau QC.

The final total raised was $15,000 towards our first project, a mosaïculture or living wall to be installed in the Atrium, the main waiting room at the new Montreal Children’s Hospital, opening in June 2015.

A very special thanks goes out to Dr. Jacques Charbonneau, our major sponsor and the tournament’s Honorary President, whose sponsorship and collaboration helped us reach our goal. In addition to a substantial initial contribution, Dr. Charbonneau provided gift bags for all attendees and made a number of successful bids on auction items.

Rain couldn’t spoil the day

The wet weather soaked many but that didn’t stop our golfers from hitting the links. One of our special guests, Doug Smith, even got an “albatross”, which may sound bad, but is actually a really amazing shot. Known also as a double eagle, this is a score of 3 under par and one of the most difficult to get, second only to a hole-in-one. He scored 2 on a par 5. Well done Doug!

Back at the 19th hole, everyone enjoyed drinks while watching the screening of the photos taken during the day, including a smiling golfer fighting his way out of the bush after finding his ball.

Next project is slated for Ottawa-Gatineau region

Our Foundation President, Jeannine Lafrenière, told of her own experience dealing with fear and stress in a cold, soulless waiting room and how that led to the creation of the Foundation. She was loudly applauded when she promised that the next hospital project would be in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

Dr. Charbonneau and the aforementioned Doug Smith both spoke of their own experiences of serious health issues, long months of painful recovery and why they believe so strongly in our goal of bringing nature to hospital settings.

From Dr. Aurore Côté of the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH), we learned of the close connection between Ottawa’s CHEO, the Gatineau Hospital, and the MCH through the regular exchange of specialists for 2nd opinions and surgical treatment. The management and staff of MCH are thrilled that their hospital is to be the first Canadian children’s hospital to receive our gift of nature.

And the fun kept coming

Our two MCs, Guy Leblanc and Bill Sioulas, kept things moving along with good humour while handing out a number of door prizes and gifts for various golf results. Successful bidders for our silent auction items included Mona Azzi, who put in the highest bid on an Ottawa Senators classic heritage jersey, signed by defenceman Erik Karlsson.

After an excellent Brazilian dinner, which included a huge hot and cold buffet and waiters bringing giant skewers of various meats to each table, there was a lively and fun-filled open auction for two 3-day tickets to the Montreal Grand Prix, a hot contest won by Dr. Charbonneau.

Our thanks to…

We are so grateful to everyone who made this event such a resounding success:

  • The tournament’s Honorary President, our MCs and our two special gifts
  • Mona Azzi, TD Mortgage Specialist, who initiated the concept and led the team that pulled the tournament together;
  • The merchants from the Ottawa, Gatineau and Montreal areas who donated prizes and the companies who bought each of the 18 holes;
  • The many volunteers who spent long hours and worked so hard before and during the day;
  • The students and staff of  Cégep Heritage College who gave of their time to help out on tournament day, including Marc Desjardins, our volunteer photographer;
  • The participants and folks who travelled from the Montreal area and other locations to show their support.

Thank you all. See the full list of donors and sponsors here.

The Future

We are that much closer to reaching our goal of bringing nature to the waiting rooms of Canadian hospitals. We hope to see you all next year at our Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament.