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Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230 holds 13th annual Texas Scramble golf tournament

 

 

By Jolene Perron

Thanks to 122 golfers, 10 volunteers, a BBQ steak dinner and 18 holes of golf, more than $9,000 was raised for those with intellectual and physical disabilities last week.

The Order of Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230 held their 13th annual Texas Scramble golf tournament at the Orchard View Golf Course in Ruthven July 19. The day was kicked off with coffee and donuts, donated by Tim Hortons. Each player was also treated to a hot dog and pop at the turn at the 10th hole, and then a steak dinner at the Knights of Columbus in McGregor.

Golfers from around the area, including Amherstburg, took part in the Alhambra golf tournament last Wednesday in Ruthven.

Golfers from around the area, including Amherstburg, took part in the Alhambra golf tournament last Wednesday in Ruthven.

“All of the golfers really enjoyed themselves and they said they would be back again next year, and they said it’s probably one of the best tournaments they have been in,” said Richard Prieur, past grand commander, and current consult to the grand commander.
Prieur explained this event is one of the ways they raise their money to be able to put on picnics, boat days and Christmas parties for the mentally and physically handicapped. It also allowed them to purchase wheelchairs and assist them with anything else they may do to help out.

“Thanks to the many golfers who support us every year and the many families and businesses who donate as hole sponsors we were able to raise just over $9,000,” said Louis Trudell. “This fun filled scramble event had one team of Joseph Barichello, Dale Kryway, Ryan Dickie, and Kevin Masaro score an remarkable -10.”

Additional prizes were given out for the five closest to the pin winners on the par 3 holes:

Hole #3   Rick Kobielski

Hole #7    Craig Bryan

Hole #12  Hank Lamoureux

Hole #14  Tom Ray

Hole #18  Gerry Radford
Trudell said the always fun and challenging putting contest was won by Leon Robichaud. He said overall, the greatest winners will be the mentally and physically handicapped in the community, who will benefit from the “wonderful generosity of those supporting Alhambra and our annual golf event.” Prieur echoed his words.

“It just gives you a good feeling, a super feeling, that we can do something to help them because they’re like this 365 days a year,” Prieur said. “We try to help them with the picnics and the boat day and that, to put a smile on their face.”

For more about Alhambra Garcia Caravan 230, visit their Facebook page or contact either Therese Barichello, Grand Commander of Alhambra Garcia Caravan 230, at 519-919-6462 or Prieur at 519-726-6992.

 

Former NHL’er aids cancer research with golf tourney


By Jolene Perron
Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership collaborated with NHL star Ed Jovanovski to host a golf tournament and raise money for cancer research.

The cause hits home for Jovanovski, who’s mother as been in remission for two years now.

“My mom had stage 2 breast cancer,” explained Jovanovski. “She battled it pretty tough for a year, but she’s now in her second year of remission. People here in Windsor did a great job. I flew in and went with her to two treatment. It takes special people to work in these places. They are upbeat people and the work that they do is amazing and whatever we can do to help, I’m more than happy to do it.”

Ed Jovanovski stands beside the Memorial Cup at his first annual golf tournament at Pointe West Golf Club. The tournament raised $50,000.

Ed Jovanovski stands beside the Memorial Cup at his first annual golf tournament at Pointe West Golf Club. The tournament raised $50,000.

With his brother being a member at Pointe West Golf Club, the choice of where to hold the Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic was easy and Jovanovski explained their hospitality was fantastic.

The tournament raised $50,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Scott Elliott, dealer principal at Amherstburg Chevrolet said he and Jovanovski talked about having a golf tournament for a number of years but it was hard to arrange with Jovanovski playing in the NHL. Now that he has retired, timing worked out well.

“This charity was personally picked by Ed,” said Elliott. “Like any event of this size there is a lot of planning but with the help of Ed’s brother Deni and volunteers everybody has worked hard to put on this event. The public have received the event well. We had a 144 golfers and the tournament was full within three weeks of announcing the tournament in April.”

Steve Matoski (left) and Dale Lamoureux get ready in their golf cart for the tournament to start July 13.

Steve Matoski (left) and Dale Lamoureux get ready in their golf cart for the tournament to start July 13.

Elliott said he coached Jovanovski at the pee wee level in Windsor Minor Hockey AAA and has been friends with the family ever since.

Winners of the golf tournament were Aaron Ekblad, Kerby Rychel, Ryan Wilson and Greg Mullins with a score of -18.

“We have a lot of great deal of support here in town and everyone is so generous, you can see that by the turnout, it’s going to be talked about,” said Jovanovski. “It’s a good spot and we’re looking forward for many years to come.”

Mission raises $6,000 at annual golf tournament

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission held its annual golf tournament Saturday with nearly 100 golfers joining them again this year.

The 2017 tournament, held at Dominion Golf Club in LaSalle, drew a similar number of golfers as compared to the 2016 tournament.

“We had 97 golfers this year, almost 25 full teams,” said Winston McAllister, one of the main organizers of the tournament.

McAllister, whose father Tim is the board president of the mission, said the July 8 tournament raised about $6,000. That brought the overall total to $56,100 since the tournament was first founded ten years ago.

“We’re happy with any number,” said McAllister.

The proceeds raised go into the general fund at the mission and is used for whatever is required.

The winners of Saturday’s Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission golf tournament were (from left): Chad Mayrand, Bruce Bratt, Mark Bondy and Jesse Carter.

The winners of Saturday’s Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission golf tournament were (from left): Chad Mayrand, Bruce Bratt, Mark Bondy and Jesse Carter.

“It pays the bills and whatever expenses they have,” he said. “The mission is 100 per cent volunteers. That money goes a long way.”

McAllister said a group of about 12 people helped him plan the tournament and they “do whatever it takes” to make it successful. He thanked the golfers, sponsors, the golf course and everyone who supported the mission and the tournament.

“Our slogan is ‘people helping people’ and that is at the heart of what the mission is,” said McAllister.

Shirley Hitchcock, vice president of the board, said McAllister, his wife Trish and the other organizers deserve a lot of credit.

“This couldn’t happen without Winston and Trish and their entire team of people,” said Hitchcock.

Golfers hit the links in support of The House Youth Centre

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The House Youth Centre held its annual golf tournament Saturday and organizers report things went well.

Activities director Rebecca Vander Vaart said 20 foursomes signed up for the tournament with teams including the town of Amherstburg, G&S Party Rentals, Aalbers Tool & Mold and Convenient Trailers.

“It’s the first time we’ve had the tournament in June,” she said. “We usually have it in May so we’re used to freezing rain.”

The winning team at the June 17 golf tournament for The House Youth Centre was made up of T.J. McWhinnie, Teddy Jacob, Johnny McLelland and Brian Laramie.

The winning team at the June 17 golf tournament for The House Youth Centre was made up of T.J. McWhinnie, Teddy Jacob, Johnny McLelland and Brian Laramie.

The event raised over $8,000. Vander Vaart said half of the proceeds raised will go toward programming at the House while the other half will be designated for building maintenance, with Vander Vaart pointing out the age of the building as the reason for the latter.

“We’ve been growing our programming in the last year or so,” she added.

The number of golfers was attributed to not only people just wanting to support The House, but also the fact that many graduates of their program want to continue to help out. There were a number of peer mentors and parents that helped support the tournament, Vander Vaart stated.

“Once you see the effect The House has on youth, people want to help and do what they can,” she stated. “It’s a fun way to come out and help the House.”

The winning team was made up of T.J. McWhinnie, Teddy Jacob, Johnny McLelland and Brian Laramie.

Belle Vue golf tournament raises over $10,000

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Bright, sunny skies greeted the golfers who hit the links in support of restoring the 200-year-old Belle Vue property.

The Belle Vue Conservancy held its first golf tournament, entitled “Bogies and Birdies for Belle Vue,” May 13 at Sutton Creek Golf Club in McGregor. Approximately 90 golfers hit the links for the tournament, including dignitaries. Those dignitaries included Essex MPP Taras Natyshak, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, fire chief Bruce Montone, retired fire chief Al Reaume and Councillor Leo Meloche among others. The Amherstburg Police Service also entered a team.

“It’s pretty good for a first tournament,” said golf tournament organizer and Belle Vue Conservancy member Meg Reiner. “It’s perfect weather. You never know when it’s early May.”

The Belle Vue Conservancy presented a cheque of over $10,000 to the Amherstburg Community Foundation last Thursday afternoon.

The Belle Vue Conservancy presented a cheque of over $10,000 to the Amherstburg Community Foundation last Thursday afternoon.

Now, two weeks later, the money has been counted and total proceeds from the tournament have amounted to $10,080.59.

Michael Prue, the conservancy’s treasurer, credited Reiner for her work in organizing the tournament.

“Meg, her family and her friends put a lot of effort into this cause,” said Prue. “She pulled it off. Meg and her friends are responsible for (the total).”

Reiner said some of the teams dressed in 1920’s style attire, with prizes for the best dressed. She said a large number of businesses helped out by donating door prizes for the tournament.

“The businesses were very supportive,” said Reiner. “We’re doing a silent auction.”

Golfers not only came from the Amherstburg area, Reiner added, as she noted some came in from Windsor as well.

Jacob Kelterborn, Jeff Kelterborn, Brad Nelson and Tom Wigle were the winners of the tournament.

Prue added that the conservancy was thankful for all of the tournament’s sponsors, a major one being Families First Funeral Home. He also thanked Sutton Creek for their efforts in hosting the tournament.

The Belle Vue Conservancy also publicly updated how much it has risen now that the golf tournament proceeds are known. Counting in-kind contributions, the conservancy has raised over $100,000 towards its $1 million goal.

“There’s more to come,” said Prue.

The conservancy also has plans for the fall, but has not released details as of yet.

“We’re planning for a huge event in September,” said Prue. “We’ll leave you in suspense for now.”

Jacob Kelterborn, Jeff Kelterborn, Brad Nelson and Tom Wigle were the winners of the Belle Vue golf tournament.

Jacob Kelterborn, Jeff Kelterborn, Brad Nelson and Tom Wigle were the winners of the Belle Vue golf tournament.

DiCarlo joked at last Thursday afternoon’s cheque presentation that he was likely the most surprised that his team used his shot once during the best ball tournament. He also pointed out that he sank a putt.

On a serious note, the mayor told conservancy members “as a municipality, we are so lucky to have you all. We are so lucky to have people like you.”

Without people like the volunteers in the conservancy, the mayor continued, there would be no hope to restore the Belle Vue house.

“I keep telling people this is going to become a reality and that we’re going to do it,” said DiCarlo.

The cheque was presented by the conservancy to the Amherstburg Community Foundation. The foundation is the charitable arm of the town, with town treasurer Justin Rousseau stating that it is “nice to see people coming together to make the Belle Vue house a reality for everyone.”

Online donations for the restoration of Belle Vue can be made at www.amherstburg.ca/donate.