Golfing for Hospice

Shawna O'Neill, Special to TC Media
Golfing for Hospice
Sean Adams focuses on making his putt during the Knights of Columbus Golf Classic on Friday

CORNWALL, Ontario – The third annual Knights of Columbus Golf Classic for Carefor Hospice Cornwall teed off at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 8.

“We have a full menu of people who are out here today, and we’re going to have a great day with the sunshine on our side,” said Lionel Lauzon, the Chairman and Coordinator of the event.

Lauzon said that last year the event raised $17,000, and coordinators are hoping to raise approximately the same amount this year. Since 2016, the tournament has fundraised $49,000 for Hospice. All proceeds will go to patient care, helping to fund required equipment like lift out chairs, mattresses, a Hoyer lift and a palliative chair. Since Hospice opened in 2009, over 1,700 residents have received care. This year there has been an excess of 1400 referrals. Each resident stays on average 16 days and a majority suffer from cancer.

Tickets for the event were $135 per person. Tickets entitled golfers to breakfast, dinner, hors d’oeuvres and all-day access to golf carts and the golf course. Partners could attend for an additional $36.

This year there is also a silent auction and a 50/50 ‘drop ball’ draw. Participants purchased golf balls that will be dropped on the eighteenth hole at the end of the day, and the first ball in the hole will determine the winner of $5,000. Similarly, $5,000 will go to Hospice as a part of the ‘drop ball’ event.

“We have numerous major sponsors to help us through this and we are thankful for their donations,” said Lauzon.

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