The following is a submitted Letter to the Editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist.
This year has certainly been a challenging one for many individuals, charities and businesses alike. Many of the fundraising events that were planned in support of the Alzheimer Society of KFLA this year (with the exception of the virtual Walk and a few Social with a Purpose events) had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions, however, one annual event was able to take place in the fall, albeit with many new restrictions in place and fewer participants. It is for this reason that we wish to acknowledge a special group of people, who went out of their way this year to successfully host/support and participate a beloved annual fundraiser, amidst much COVID chaos!
Each year, Loyalist Golf and Country Club hosts the CanWealth Charity Golf Tournament which is spearheaded by Ron and Brenda Earl in memory of Ron’s good friends Dan White, Roy Partridge and Guy White, all of whom lived with dementia. This year marked the 11th annual event.
This event obviously held great significance for many business owners, who came forward to renew sponsorships from previous years despite the business hardships caused by this pandemic. As a result, and with the help and support of 90 avid golfers, the tournament raised $8720.00, bringing its 11-year total to $116,360.
We offer our sincere appreciation to Ron and Brenda Earl for going above and beyond, this year in particular, in order to make this event happen, and for their ongoing support of the Society.
Although Loyalist Golf and Country Club was able to open for business in 2020, it certainly was not business as usual this year, and they were able to host only a few of the usual 20+ tournaments this year. We thank both management and staff for supporting this event, and for your extra efforts in keeping participants safe with all appropriate measures in place. Thanks as well to all the golfers who happily participated in support of the Society and, for many who take part, in memory of friends and family for whom the tournament was created.
In addition, we offer our thanks to the following individuals and businesses who came on board to support the tournament this year, despite the financial impact of COVID-19 restrictions on local businesses:
- Doornekamp Construction
- Jack Chong, Solicitor
- Kevin Corcoran, Mortgage Professionals
- Attention Getters
- Kingston Police Association
- Mark Potter, Raymond James Ltd.
- Dr. Jackie White, Chiropractor
- CanWealth Financial
- Jeff Dillon, Mortgage Professionals
- Steve Marshall, Dominion Lending
- Dr. Walter Emrich
- Dale Sanders, DMS Financial
- Ernestown Old timers
- Shannon Green, REMAX
- Jeff Hawley, MNP
- Queen’s University Men’s Hockey
- Pat Lavales & Elaine Lowe
- Bob Steacy, Sutton Real Estate
- Flo Rodrigues, Cosmie Auto
- Wade Mitchell, Exit Real Estate (Napanee)
- Liz White, Sutton Real Estate
- Gibson Family Health Care, Carveth Care Centre & Helen Henderson Care Centre
- Peter Wilkie, Wilkie Insurance
- Ted Custance, Sutton Real Estate
- Linda Deschamps, Stand Your Ground
- Mike Airhart, McDougall Insurance
- Jim Sprott, Manulife Financial
- Jim Lyon, Phone Works
- Rob Mooy Photography
- Wendy White
- Wartman Funeral Home
- Susan Creasy Financial
- Don Earl, Moosehead Brewery
We are always so grateful for the support, but this year especially, as it has allowed us to maintain a virtual connection with our clients, caregivers and families who live in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington region, at a time when they need us more than ever before.
We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.
Vicki Poffley, Executive Director
Lesley Kimble, Fundraising Coordinator
Alzheimer Society of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington