Golf­ing for Hospice

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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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