On September 9th, the annual George Cohon RMHC Golf Classic took place at the beautiful Eagles Nest Golf Club in Maple, Ontario.
RMHC Canada’s founder George Cohon, opened the event introducing the very special Black family, who stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in South Central Ontario for seven months while their daughter, Gracie, grew strong enough to go home after being born prematurely. The Black family shared their story of hope and togetherness, bringing the true meaning of our mission to life. Longtime RMHC Canada Board member and RMHC champion Ken Shaw, also shared his personal touching story of how his daughter and son-in-law stayed at RMHC Toronto this past year during the birth of their triplets. RMHC Ambassador, Cassie Campbell-Pascall also shared her love and connection with RMHC inspiring tournament guests as they got ready to tee off.
Tournament guests were treated to exciting golf activations, including George’s Wheel of Fortune, Caricature drawings, closest to the pin, hole-in-one competition, Brett Cleverdon’s trick shot challenge, and a golf swing analysis, and enjoyed delicious treats generously donated by our sponsors.
A few special features this year at the tournament included CP24 Breakfast who broadcasted live all morning from the course, as well as special guests Nick Kypreos, along with TSN personalities: Carlo Colaiacovo, Darren Dreger, Tessa Bonhomme and Dave Poulin.
To close out the day, special guest, Premier Doug attended the reception along with the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce who shared their commitment to community and passion for our mission. George recieved a special honour from Premier Ford for his commitment to helping families with sick children.
This incredible day would not be possible without the generous support
of our wonderful Golden Arches sponsors, McDonald’s Canada, Cargill, Coca-Cola and RBC and to each and every one of our incredible golfers. A big thank you to our Big Mac sponsors, Cintas, Hershey, IMS, Kraft Heinz, OSI Group/Rose Packing/Fair Oak Farms and TFI, and our McCafé sponsors, Capgemini, Diebold Nixdorf, Fujitsu, Garland Canada, LG Electronics, RBC Insurance and Seda, and our Happy Meal sponsors, Bunge, Skip the Dishes, Facebook, Keurig Dr. Pepper Canada and Whirl who all made our day possible. And a big thank you to TFI, Georgian Bay Spirit Co. and McCain for all the delicious treats on-course.
Over 25,000 families of sick children stay close at the 15 Ronald McDonald Houses and 17 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms each year, and whether you supported as a donor, guest, sponsor, volunteer or champion, your contributions have made an impact to families with sick children across Canada.Through the outstanding efforts of our tournament guests and sponsors, an incredible $4,367,118 has been raised in support of RMHC families since the George Cohon RMHC Golf Classic first began, including $420,935 this year. Thank you!
Together, we are keeping more families close than ever before – thank you, and we hope to see you again next year!