The 47th Annual Borthwick Memorial Golf Tournament in support of the Hamilton G&CC Foundation
Monday, September 11th, 2017
The Borthwick continues to improve the lives of those in need in Hamilton
The 47th Annual Borthwick Memorial Tournament, presented by Turkstra Lumber, brought in north of $225,000 that will be used to support five local charities and other initiatives of the Hamilton G&CC Foundation.
Led by the terrific work of the Borthwick Committee, wonderful weather and a field of 160 generous sponsors, patrons, members and guests, The Borthwick continues to build on its legacy of connecting with those in need in our local Hamilton community to improve their lives and inspire hope for a better tomorrow.
“The funding that we have received over the past three years from the Hamilton Golf & Country Club Foundations does so much for us and all of the charities that are supported through The Borthwick Memorial Golf Tournament,” said Astrid Hepner, Program Co-ordinator for An Instrument with Every Child. “We’re in the final year of receiving support from the foundation. We have been able to do so much with the $90,000-plus dollars that’s been provided it’s amazing.”
Hepner explained that funds like these are used to buy musical instruments and pay for lessons for hundreds of elementary school children to expose them to the gift and joy of music, in situations where most of the youngsters would never have such an opportunity.
“Partnering with this tournament and the HGCC Foundation has been a terrific experience for us and we are extremely grateful to the members and sponsors for their generosity,” she added, noting they are always looking for additional sources of revenue to maintain and expand programs!
The Hamilton G&CC Foundation will use funds raised through The Borthwick to provide about $30,000 to each of five charity partners this year including: An Instrument for every Child, The Eva Rothwell Centre at Robert Land, McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, Ancaster Community Services and Rygiel Supports for Community Living. Each charity rotates through a three-year cycle of support and then is replaced by new charities that are proposed by members at HGCC.
Dr. Clint Davis, a member at HGCC since 2000, was smiling all day, regardless of how his team of Peter Fitzgerald, Ron Kemp, and John Heersink were hitting the ball. After spending 10 years on the Board of Directors for Rygiel Supports for Community Living, he’s moved into a fundraising role and connected the charity with the HGCC Foundation for the first time this year.
“This is a God send for us and crucial to allow us to do what we do,” Davis says, noting the funds will be used to help purchase homes to accommodate adult children living with severe physical and intellectual developmental challenges. These children can grow up in family homes, but at some point, their parents can no longer look after them and they need a place to go to be cared for. There is limited government funding for these programs, so more and more, Rygiel is relying on public support.
“There are 500 people in Hamilton living with severe physical and intellectual developmental challenges who require support and can not get it. There are no places for them. We’re concerned for the future of these people and we really appreciate the support we’re going to be receiving from the members of Hamilton G&CC over the next three years,” Davis adds.
When people were not mistaking her for Michelle Obama, Jennifer Laughton, Vice President Development, for McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, spent her day on the tee deck on 7 East with Stella Artois girls, chatting to members about their visits to the hospital for everything from births to deaths.
As a new partner with the HGCC Foundation, proceeds from The Borthwick will be channeled to the Pediatric Palliative Care Program - the only hospital in South Central Ontario that provides this level of care and service for those children who are terminally ill or are dealing with traumatic injuries.
“I think its great for the club to give back to the community and to their local hospital, a hospital that really benefits the children and families who live right here. This is an awesome gift to such a special group of children who are often overlooked,” she said, noting that the palliative program is not government funded. About 100 children die each year at the hospital, because of diseases like cancer or from traumatic accidents. The program also helps with
bereavement so families and siblings can start a healing process. It also helps patients to figure out how they want to manage their final days.
On the competitive side, Brian O’Donovan, a last-minute call-up, had a day he’ll likely never forget. Playing HGCC for the very first time in his life, he teamed up with Ken Aquino, former HGCC professional Brandon Dyment and member Mark Loeffler to win the whole thing with a score of 19-under par.
“It has been a pretty amazing day. The golf course is impeccable, just unbelievable and it took a real team effort to win it,” says O’Donovan, who won a new Ping driver as part of the winning team and he also picked up a $4,000 diamond ring for this $25 investment in purchasing the golden key that unlocked the treasure chest. Second place went to the foursome of Paul Lloyd, Dean Lloyd, Tom Fairbrother and Angelo Missile at 17-under. Three teams
tied for third at 16-under; Chris Bellefeuille, Stu Aird, Steve Dunn and Fred Bennink; Jim, Sheila and David Drury with Terry Anderson and David Lumsden, Peter Moylan, Rob Patterson and George McCarter.
Every player, sponsor, and buyer could be mentioned by name, but we don’t have the space here. All Borthwick Committee members; Co-Chairs Jeff Paikin and Al Scott, Matt Abbott, Paul Andreychuk, Ron Barr, Chris Bellefeuille, Tim Berezowski (who came oh so close to a hole-in-one for the Mercedes), Paul Courneya, Clint Davis, Doug Inch, Paul Lloyd, Tony Mansfield, David Miller, Brian Short and Teresa Silvestro would like to say “Thank-you” to everyone who assisted with and participated in this year’s fundraiser.
“Our club is a key player in our community and contributes mightily to the causes that are important to its members through this tournament and the HGCC Foundation,” Paikin says. “Together, we are building a brighter tomorrow for hundreds of children and families living in Hamilton and that is something our club should be proud of.”
To view the video from the 2017 Borthwick Memorial Golf Tournament please CLICK on the image above.
Through the Borthwick Memorial Golf Tournament, the HGCC Foundation is supporting five local charities this year:
- An Instrument for Every Child is a unique and innovative musical program offered by the Hamilton Music Collective that provides elementary school children in Hamilton's inner city schools with the opportunity to learn to play an instrument - www.aninstrumentforeverychild.ca.
- Ancaster Community Services (ACS) is a community based agency providing many supportive programs to assist those in need in our growing community. We provide food assistance, transportation programs, counseling, information and referral services, youth programs and volunteer engagement opportunities - www.ancastercommunityservices.ca.
- The Eva Rothwell Resource Centre at Robert Land provides programs and services that help individuals living in the Keith (North Hamilton) neighbourhood to reach their full potential, improve quality of life and enhance social well-being - www.robertland.org.
Rygiel Supports For Community Living is in its 50th year of serving children and adults who have a developmental disability and most of them also live with multiple physical disabilities. Its mandate is to provide residential support, thereby, providing the person with a home and support for all aspects of daily living - www.rygiel.ca
McMaster Children's Hospital Foundation – The Pediatric Palliative Care Project. McMaster Children’ Hospital is the specialized pediatric hospital for the 600,000 children in south central Ontario. The promise of our interdisciplinary Palliative Care team is to provide the best quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families - www.mackids.ca.
2017 Presenting Sponsor:
"Giving back to the community where we live, work and play"