In little more than a month, the Kawartha Golf and Country Club (KGCC) will again be transformed into a generator of hope for neuroblastoma families when the 6th Annual Nexicom James Fund Golf Classic kicks off June 3.
Every year since the tournament’s launch, a diverse range of golfers — along with a generous host of sponsors — have joined to collectively raise tens of thousands of dollars to support neuroblastoma families.
KGCC general manager and chair of the organizing committee Martin Piche says that while it would be hard to top the success of last year’s event, which raised more than $40,000, he has high expectations for this year.
“Last year we had beautiful weather, so many wonderful prizes and nearly every spot on the course was filled,” Piche recalls. “This year we’re fortunate to count Nexicom as our title sponsor and since we’ve managed to grow bigger and better every year, I’m sure we’ll continue to build on our earlier successes.”
This year’s prize list and auction table will once again be filled with items that are all generously donated, which keeps overhead to a minimum and ensures the tournament raises as much money as possible for the James Fund Neuroblastoma Family Retreat.
The Retreat brings together families and caregivers with doctors, health-care workers and researchers in a safe environment filled with support. It’s a place where children can be children and families lean on each other while discovering the latest news related to the battle to fight the deadly childhood disease.
Nexicom president Paul Downs has been a long-time supporter of the James Fund for Neuroblastoma Research and says taking on a new role as title sponsor of the Golf Classic is a wonderful opportunity to expand that support.
“We have always been honoured to be a part of the James Fund Golf Classic,” Downs says. “When the opportunity arose for us to become even more deeply involved in helping families battling neuroblastoma, we didn’t hesitate to say yes.”
“As a long-time partner and friend of the James Fund, I’ve always enjoyed playing in this tournament with my son, Matt,” Downs explains. “There’s an energy of positivity that surrounds the event, people and volunteers connected to it. We’re proud to strengthen our commitment to this wonderful community.”
CHEX TV’s Michelle Ferreri and Canadian stage star Michael Burgess will once again host this year’s post-tournament dinner, where golfers and guests can count on an oyster bar warm-up to a generous feast, live and silent auctions, and a range of entertainment.
The June 3 tournament begins with lunch at 12 p.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at the Kawartha Golf and Country Club. Tickets are also available for the evening program only, starting at 6 p.m.
For more information visit www.jamesfund.com/golfclassic or call Diana Birrell, Executive Director of the James Fund for Neuroblastoma Research, at 705-749-3941.