$18,000 Raised at Our Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Posted on 13/07/2015

Jeannine Lafrenière, Dr. Jacques Charbonneau, Janie Villeneuve, and Jean-Jacques Daigneault

Jeannine Lafrenière, Dr. Jacques Charbonneau, Janie Villeneuve, and Jean-Jacques Daigneault (from left to right).

A Huge Success

On Wednesday, June 17th, 100 people, including 74 golfers, joined us for a fantastic day of fun at the beautiful Chateau Cartier Golf Course in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau QC.

The final total raised was $18,000 towards our first project, a living wall to be installed this fall in the Atrium, the main waiting room at the new Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Once again, we owe a very special thank you to Dr. Jacques Charbonneau, our major sponsor again this year and the tournament’s Honorary President. For the second year, Dr. Charbonneau’s sponsorship and his continued support helped us reach our goal. In addition to a substantial initial contribution, Dr. Charbonneau provided gift bags for all attendees and was an enthusiastic participant in our auction.

A Very Full Day

The weather was ideal for our golfers, including special guests Jean-Jacques Daigneault and his wife Janie Villeneuve. Janie and Jean-Jacques, former NHL player and currently assistant trainer of the Montreal Canadiens, offered themselves as golf partners to the highest bidders and the delighted winner was our Honorary President, Dr. Charbonneau.

Back at the 19th hole, the sports couple contributed a surprise to our auction – a hockey jersey autographed by its owner, Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price. After some lively bidding, Ms. Sophie Patenaude claimed the jersey. The Foundation’s spokesperson, Albert Mondor, was surprised to find that his living wall of herbs, which he brought only as a display, was so popular that people began bidding on it. He graciously gave over his display and it was soon won by one of our golfers. Our volunteer MCs again this year, Guy Leblanc and Bill Sioulas, acted as auctioneers for the Carey Price jersey and Albert’s herb wall and other items.

There were more than 60 prizes handed out, contributions from generous local businesses.

Since the move to the new Montreal Children’s Hospital was occurring in June, it was a hectic time for all concerned and, regrettably no one was available to represent the hospital. Instead, the Director of Stewardship and Donor relations of the MCH Foundation, Ms. Valerie Frost, appeared on a video to express their congratulations and appreciation for the work of our Foundation and to thank our guests, volunteers and supporters for their generosity.

One of the highlights of the evening was the unveiling of the proposed design for the living wall to be installed at the new Montreal Children’s Hospital this fall.

The remainder of the evening was taken up with dinner and a cabaret offered by La Ferme Rouge, followed by dancing for any who were still feeling energetic. The festivities wrapped up at around 11 p.m. with our guests declaring their intention of returning next year.

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 Spokesperson and our two special guests
  • Mona Azzi, TD Mortgage Specialist, who led the team that pulled the tournament together again this year;
  • 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;
  • Marc Desjardins, our volunteer photographer, who took a day off work from his position at Heritage College;
  • 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 very close to reaching our goal of bringing nature to the waiting rooms of Canadian hospitals. Once our project is completed at the Montreal Children’s Hospital this fall, we’ll be looking at possibilities for a similar project in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. We thank all of you for your continued support.