176 Golfers chip in for health care close to home in Mississippi Mills

The 14th annual summer Golf Classic sponsored by Kanata Ford in support of the Almonte General Hospital / Fairview Manor Foundation raised more than $55,000 on Monday, June 6 at the Canadian Golf and Country Club.

“Our community cares deeply about their Hospital and Manor,” said Art Solomonian, Chair of the AGH-FVM Foundation. “Spending a day on the links is such a simple and fun way to provide support which results in replacement or new equipment in the hands of our doctors and staff.  Patients at the Hospital and residents in the Manor are ultimately the big winners.”

Golfer Greg Hickey thanked participants prior to the dinner.  A long-time Almonte resident, his mother is currently cared for on the Rosamond Unit (Complex Continuing Care) at the AGH.  Greg said that when family members bring her home for a visit on the weekends, she looks forward to returning to the Hospital.  He felt that speaks volumes to the quality of care she receives on a daily basis.

As well as golfing, participants enjoyed hole prizes, raffle tickets and the opportunity to bid on live and silent auctions items which were donated by generous local businesses and individuals. Sponsorship accounted for a large portion of the funds raised.  Kanata Ford was this year’s major sponsor followed by the local Rexall store and the BMO branch. 

“So many people deserve a big thank you including all our golfers, sponsors, auction item and prize donors, dinner guests, and volunteers,” said Al Roberts, Managing Director, AGH-FVM Foundation. “I especially want to thank our amazing golf committee who worked so hard to make the event a success:  Liz Taylor, Gretta Bradley, Josh Gamble, Richard Love, Bert McIntyre, Kathy Stratton, Carolyn Piche and committee chair Joy Delahunt.”

Next year’s tournament will take place Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Canadian Golf and Country Club.