Golfers posing in the rain at the Golf Classic 2023
(Left to right) Stephen Giamos, Chair of the Golf Classic, Landon Fletcher, Waylon Karr and Drew Paton were among the participants who made the most of a soggy day.

Golf Classic raises $315,000 in support of Michael Garron Hospital

Presented by EllisDon, the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation Golf Classic on June 12 raised funds to meet the urgent needs of our hospital and the community we serve.

A whopping 31 millimetres of rain couldn’t dampen spirits as Golf Classic participants took to the fairways in support of the heart of the east.

“I was blown away by the enthusiasm and generosity of our event sponsors and participants. They didn’t let the weather stop them from stepping up to champion the great care Michael Garron Hospital provides,” says Stephen Giamos, Chair of the Golf Classic.

This year marked EllisDon’s fifth as presenting sponsor. Mitze Mourinho, President of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation, says the company’s philanthropic investment in our hospital will benefit patients and their loved ones for decades to come.

“In addition to EllisDon’s philanthropy and exceptional work building our Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre, EllisDon team members have been generous in sharing their precious time to make our Golf Classic a success year after year,” Mitze notes.

Proceeds from this year’s tournament will enhance the care we provide our community by supporting our hospital’s highest priority needs, including essential medical equipment, renovations to older facilities, patient-oriented research and more.

Making more than a splash

Held at Scarboro Golf & Country Club, the evening program featured a gourmet dinner and awards presentation, as well as live and silent auctions. Among the tournament prizes awarded, Katie Rodwell took home the Stephen Damp Most Valuable Player Award. The Saul Korman Cup for top foursome was presented to Katie, Brandon Doyle, Justin Edwards and Kyle Taylor.

During dinner, an auction-style “hand-raiser” encouraged guests to donate toward outfitting exam rooms in our BMO Child & Youth Centre, which is now under construction. This family-friendly centre will bring together outpatient paediatric services currently spread throughout our hospital, such as clinics for young people with developmental challenges, eating disorders, heart disease and other health issues.

The hand-raiser secured an impressive $17,000 toward the purchase of chairs, exam tables and diagnostic equipment for the centre’s exam rooms.

Guests heard from East Toronto resident Jody Whitfield McKay, who expressed gratitude for the outstanding paediatric care her family has always received at our hospital, from our Family Birthing Centre to our Child and Youth Emergency Zone to our Paediatric Inpatient Unit.

“What’s consistent in every visit to Michael Garron Hospital is how much the staff care, and the quality of care we receive,” Jody says. “The staff are always prepared, gracious and compassionate.”

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