While some charity golf tournaments come and go, the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation Charity Golf Classic has lasted the test of time and continues to move forward full throttle in raising funds for the Norfolk General Hospital located in Norfolk County, serving 65,000 residents. In its 23rd year, an amazing $225,000 was raised over the two day tournament, held July 17 and 18 on the beautiful links of the Norfolk Golf and Country Club in Simcoe.
“We are so grateful to be living in such a giving community with dedicated volunteers who work so hard for our hospital” says Julie Powell, who played in the tournament for the very first time as the hospital foundation’s newest director of development.
This year’s proceeds were directed to the Operating Room Revitalization project which aimed to update and upgrade some of the surgical tools used in the Operating Room including bariatric tables, blood pressure monitors, anaesthetic monitors, colonoscopies and a bronchoscope at Norfolk General Hospital.
Each year an incredibly dedicated group of volunteers and committee members organize this event from start to finish. They set out early to gain large corporate and local support, generate buzz amongst the golfing community and seek donations for both live and silent auctions. These items are first introduced through an online auction via the hospital’s website www.ngh.on.ca four weeks in advance of the tournament. This provides an opportunity for non-golfers and employees of the hospital to get involved and bid on items. It is also an excellent opportunity to showcase the various sponsors that have contributed items to the tournament.
A big part of the success of this tournament lies in the way tournament organizers show their gratitude towards golfers and the many valued supporters. Following this year’s tournament over 25,000 ‘Thank You’ brochures were distributed throughout the community, courtesy of local media printer Annex and distribution offered by the Simcoe Reformer. A series of videos were also produced which offer personal words of thanks from both hospital staff and organizers of the tournament.
Over the tournaments history $1.5million dollars has been raised for Norfolk General Hospital. An impressive feat for the small rural community located on Ontario’s South coast region. The tournament is also responsible for successfully raising funds for various needs of the hospital including; the intensive care revitalization project, patient safety ceiling lifts, digital mammography and a digital x-ray machine and suite.
“We would like to thank everyone involved with making this tournament such as success,” says Julie Powell. “This event would not be the success it is without all of you and the wonderful support from our community.”
Organizers are already working ahead for the next year’s tournament and look forward to many more years of supporting the needs of the Norfolk General Hospital and its patients. To find out more about the tournament, please visit http://www.ngh.on.ca/foundation-golf-classic.html