It is just two weeks away from play and the Scotiabank Serge Giroux Golf Dream Classic could still use a few more golfers.
The key fundraiser for a PGA of Ottawa program that supports golf dream trips for children dealing with life-threatening illnesses will take place on May 29th at The Marshes Golf Club, one of the top public golf courses in the Ottawa region.
Since 2000 the tournament has been creating memorable opportunities, with a goal each year of sending families on a dream trip to Florida.
The Pro-Am tournament allows participants to enjoy a day of golf and celebrations, contribute to a worthy cause, and also have a chance to meet the candidate children and their families – a connection that resonates strongly with every participant.
Flagstick Associate Publisher Scott MacLeod travelled with the families and children on the Dream Trip about a decade ago and the experience has stayed with him. “To see the joy on the faces of the children and the relief of the parents as they took time away from their struggles was a touching time,” he related. “Too often charity events do not offer you a chance to see who you are helping but the Serge Giroux Golf Dream Classic let’s you see it when you meet the candidates and their families at the event. This trips mean a lot to them and for people to help make it happen just by playing in a golf tournament is a great opportunity.”
Over the years 35 children and their families have benefitted from the tournament. This was done through the support of tournament participants and fantastic, community-minded sponsors which include: Scotiabank (Ottawa/Outaouais Region), Snelling (Randy Graham), Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates (Peter Clark), Royal LePage Team Gale (Kent Browne), Car Canada (Jonathan Donaldson) and the PGA of Ottawa Golf Professionals.
“Scotiabank is extremely excited to continue our partnership with the Serge Giroux Golf Dream Classic and the PGA of Ottawa. The event allows us to give back to our community and raise awareness and funds for an excellent cause.” Geoff Moore, Scotiabank
Each year, several deserving children are selected by a committee to participate in the ‘Golf Dream’. The event’s namesake, Serge Giroux, was the first candidate, who traveled to Orlando for the ‘Golf Dream’. Serge had a big personality, a great sense of humour, and a tremendous passion for life. He died shortly after his trip due to complications from his illness, however his spirit lives on through this event.
In 2014, the goal is to send two children and their families to Orlando in late October. The children will receive special Disney treatment during their stay such as playing ‘Disney Golf’, visiting Sea World along with other Orlando theme parks, and a special showing and meeting of the artists from Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘La Nouba’.
To learn more about The Scotiabank Serge Giroux Golf Dream Classic, please view the event poster and you may contact the PGA of Ottawa Office. Phone: (613) 623-1078 Fax: (613) 623-5071 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To register a team, please print the registration form and return it to the attention of Andrew Donaldson, Marshes Golf Club. Phone (613) 271-3530 Fax (613) 271-3372 Email email@example.com.