Community rallies to support golf club
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor Members of the community came together in force to support the Glengarry Golf and Country Club’s ‘Raise the Roof’ fundraiser, which was capped off by an Oct. 20 tournament and supper.
Johanna Wilson, speaking for the fundraising committee, explains that the goal was to collect enough money to replace the clubhouse roof.
A number of initiatives were undertaken, including soliciting donations and holding a silent auction, but it was the golf tourney that proved key.
The organizing committee was hoping for 72 golfers, but they ended up with 148, packing the course for the tournament and later filling the clubhouse for a scrumptious dinner.
The food was donated by Sylvie Tremblay, who heads the club’s kitchen, and a special cake, which showcased the golf course’s special ninth hole, was prepared by Jacques Quenneville, who also emceed the evening’s proceedings.
Over $16,000 was collected from the event, much to the delight of everyone in attendance.
Quenneville, on behalf of the club’s board of directors, expressed thanks to all, adding a special
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nod of appreciation to the Raise the Roof committee.
Peter Filion presented $3,000 from the Brian Filion Memorial Fund, noting the incredible community support shown in this fundraising drive. Quenneville also thanked local businesses that support the club, asking golfers to in turn support them.
Then there was a standing ovation to honour JT Grossmith and Jeane Sigurdson for their “countless hours” volunteering at the club over the past two years.
The duo took on day-to-day operations of the golf course, helping to steady the ship, in what Sigurdson characterized as “a labour of love.”
She noted the support of the shareholders, members, and the community in helping the club achieve a better financial position going forward.
Grossmith and Sigurdson, who are husband and wife, are leaving the area to be live closer to family members, though they will be back next spring to assist with the transition to a new operational team.
As for the roof, with the funds now in place, work is expected to begin in November, completed before winter and ready for golfers to enjoy come spring 2019.