PGA Atlantic and Prostate Cancer Canada

PGA Atlantic Supports Prostate Cancer Canada

The PGA of Canada’s association with Prostate Cancer Canada supports awareness and helps generate much needed financial support. Locally, the PGA of Canada Atlantic donated money from a fundraiser held in conjunction with the PGA Annual Awards Gala.

PGA of Canada Atlantic Executive Director Lindon Garron, personally affected by the disease, is pleased to have played a role in initiating the relationship between the PGA and Prostate Cancer Canada.

Female PGA Members point out that although prostate cancer affects males, females also are also directly affected when their husbands, fathers, brothers, grandfathers, etc. are diagnosed with the disease.

 

Awarded the Ted Ticknor Memorial Award for contribution to Prostate Cancer Awareness, Lindon is quick to recognize that it is the many men and women PGA professionals across the country that contribute to the ongoing efforts of Prostate Cancer Awareness. He cites the role that many play in the Movember Campaign.

Each year, more than 25,000 charitable events are hosted at Canadian courses. Conservatively, these events raise more than $439 million in total for charitable causes across Canada including $413.0 million in fund raising. In addition to charitable funds raised, Canadian golf courses themselves contributed $8 million in cash donations and another $18 million through in-kind support.


Close to home, there are examples such as the Bonvie-MacDonald Rinks to Links Golf Classic. Host PGA Head Professional and Manager Ed Ryan has served as the Chairman of the event which takes place at the Antigonish Golf and Country Club. During its 10 year history, over $200,000 has been contributed to community organizations. The major benefactor is minor hockey in the Antigonish and Strait area with funds helping those who are less fortunate to be able to register and play. Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Antigonish Guysborough Early Childhood Intervention Program which helps parents raising children and youth with challenging behaviour have also been recipients of funds generated from the event.PGA of Canada Atlantic President Jim Ogilvie ... “I am proud to be a PGA Professional and part of an organization that has so many members who contribute in many ways to the communities in which they live. The efforts put forth in helping raise funds for many worthwhile causes is very satisfying.”

The 19th Annual Summer Street Golf Scramble held at the Abercrombie Golf Club raised $226,500 this year and has raised over $2,012,000 in its history.  Summer Street Industries Foundation creates opportunities and a better life for adults with intellectual disability with programs that provide education, independence, employment and pride of accomplishment for over 200 people. Abercrombie’s PGA Head Professional Jon Garron who sits on the organizing committee states” It is wonderful to see the community effort that goes into generating funds for such a fantastic program. To be able to help contribute to its success is very gratifying.”

The Ladies Division of The Ken-Wo Golf Club annually hosts the Scramble for Cancer Care with 140 ladies participating. The event raised $13,000 last year and during its 10 year history has contributed around $100,000 to the Cancer Patient Navigation Unit at the Valley Regional Hospital. “This is the major fundraiser for this unit and Ken-Wo is pleased to play a role.” proudly states PGA Director of Golf Operations Rene MacKay.

PGA Head Professional Derek MacKinnon served as the Golf Chairman for the Nova Scotia Special Olympics hosted at Ken-Wo this past summer.

Summerside Golf Club’s General Manager and PGA Professional Dallas Desjardins states, “Being a community driven golf club, we are proud to be able to participate in supporting community charities.” Mark’s Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament celebrated its 10th anniversary and raised $50,000 this year for the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside.

PGA Head Professional Trevor Giggey confirms that the Fox Meadow Golf & Country Club hosted at least ten fund raising events this year totalling almost $100,000. Charities who were beneficiaries include the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and the PEI Humaine Society.

Gowan Brae’s PGA Director of Golf Adam Chamberlain serves on the committee for the Chaleur Regional Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament. Held annually at the Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club, the event raised over $48,000 this year and in its 11 year history has raised over $400,000. “It is very rewarding to be involved in an event that contributes to our community raising the necessary funds for the purchase of much needed equipment at our local hospital.” says Adam with satisfaction.

This is just a small sampling of how golf clubs and your PGA of Canada Professional contribute to their local communities through fund raising and charity events.