Memory of community leader honoured at golf tourney

By Joel Charron

Friends and family of Pat Thrasher said he would have been thrilled to see them enjoy three of his favorite things: charity work, family and golf.

On Friday, Aug 5 the Ninth Annual Pat Thrasher Memorial Charity Golf Tournament took place at Ambassador Golf

The Ninth Annual Pat Thrasher Memorial Charity Golf Tournament raised over $12,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society Windsor Chapter. In photo- (L to R) MS Society Windsor Chapter Fundraiser Director Jackie Putterman, Lindsay Gyori (daughter), Becky Banks (daughter), Brady Thrasher (son), Ken Thrasher (brother), Wes Thrasher (son.)

Club in LaSalle.

Pat was a local business owner, politician, and chairman of the Multiple Sclerosis Society Windsor Chapter who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. Pat was forced to work from home due to his disability and spent many hours networking with strangers across the globe, inspiring and educating them to overcome and deal with their disability.

Pat succumbed to cancer in 2001 after battling Multiple Sclerosis for 25 years.

All the proceeds raised from the golf tournament will be donated to the Windsor Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“We had a fabulous day,” said Jackie Putterman, Fundraising Director of the Windsor Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. “It may have been a little warm but everyone is having a lot of fun.”

Putterman said the proceeds will be put towards local client services, which include, purchasing equipment such as, wheelchairs, walkers, van lifts and any kind of mobility devices that can help their clientele get from point A to point B.

Putterman said there are roughly 600-800 people in the area who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis.

“The money raised goes a long way,” she said.

Ken Thrasher takes a practice swing before teeing off .

Wes Thrasher, Pat’s son and organizer of the annual golf tournament, said despite the heat it was a “perfect day” to raise money for MS and play a round of golf in memory of his late father.

Wes said 142 golfers hit the links and estimated that roughly over $12,000 was raised.

“We raised a little more than last year and the year before,” said Wes.

Wes said golfing in a tournament that bears his father’s name is “truly an honour.”

“I love being part of this, I love working alongside Jackie. It’s a big honour for me because of how closely she worked with my dad,” said Wes.

He also added that witnessing the number of people who came out to celebrate his father memory was “the best feeling.”

“To put a lot of hard work into something like this and then watch all your friends and family come together to support you, it’s a terrific day and a great buzz,” said Wes. “It’s just great to continue my dad’s passion for raising awareness for MS. That’s something that my family really strives to do.”

Pat’s younger son Brady was also on the course.

“He was out there on the course today,” said Brady.

Brady joked that his father helped him drain the “greatest shot of his life.”

“I sunk a 60 foot shot. There’s no way I’d make that shot without his help,” joked Brady.

He also mentioned that golfing in the tournament made for an “emotional day” for him and his family.

“I take a lot of pride playing in this tournament,” said Brady. “I’m very grateful that we are able to do something like this and carry along the legacy of my father and support the MS Society.”

Brady noted that it was his father who instilled the passion for charity work in all of his children, as all four children (Wes, Brady, Lindsay and Becky) are all involved with some sort of charity work.

“He really believed in what he was doing,” said Brady. “He instilled that passion into us. Keeping him alive through the things that we do is important to all of us. It’s my dad, he’s my hero.”

2 responses to “Memory of community leader honoured at golf tourney”

  1. BT says:

    very amazing. thank you Joel/.

  2. Sandi Villeneuve says:

    Wes,Rebecca,Lindsay and Brady – so proud of each of you! Great job, you give hope to many as you continue your Dad’s work.
    Love you guys!