‘Canadian Black Book Kathy Ward Memorial Golf Tournament’ Raises Over $100K for Charity

‘Canadian Black Book Kathy Ward Memorial Golf Tournament’ Raises Over $100K for Charity
Brad Rome, Harm DeJonge and William DeJonge-Ward present a cheque for $109,680 to Grace Marrifield of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, at the 21st annual Canadian Black Book Kathy Ward Memorial Golf Tournament, Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont., September 10th, 2018. (Photo: Canadian Black Book)

On Monday, September 10, Canadian Black Book hosted its 21st annual Charity Golf Tournament.

In 2018, the tournament’s 21st year, it was renamed the Canadian Black Book Kathy Ward Memorial Golf Tournament, in honour of CBB’s former CEO.

Since Kathy passed away in December, the tournament has been able to raise $109,680* in support of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.

Since 1997, the tournament has raised over $500,000 for Kathy Ward’s charity of choice.

Back at the start of 2018, Kathy’s husband Harm DeJonge and their son William DeJonge-Ward, made a commitment to match any donations made in her name, up to $50,000.  Between the tournament itself, website donations and money raised by Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) at its Northern Tournament in August, Harm and William’s contribution was maximized, resulting in an exceptional year for donations to the foundation.

“I really don’t have the words to express how thankful we are at Canadian Black Book in recognizing how giving the auto industry has been this year towards Kathy’s charity of choice,” says Brad Rome, President, Canadian Black Book.  “All the golfers, the TADA, Harm and William, really stepped up and provided donations that are not only welcome, but really unprecedented for our fundraising efforts to date.”

The 2018 Canadian Black Book, Kathy Ward Memorial Golf Tournament was held at Magna Golf Club in Aurora and hosted 120 golfers from across Canada’s automotive industry.

“William and I are committed to honouring Kathy’s ambition to send over 1000 under privileged kids to Tim’s camps (a cost of approximately $1000.00 per child),” said Harm DeJonge.  “With the support of Canadian Black Book, all of its affiliates, sponsors and the drive of all of the golfers, we are more than half way there to fulfilling Kathy’s ambitions!  Still a way to go, but thrilled that the tournament participants were there to share in Kathy’s dream and be part of that dream.  Let’s continue to fulfill her dream,” he adds.

“Kathy was a great friend to me and the TADA.  It was our honour to focus our fundraising on a cause so close to the heart of one of Canada’s auto industry icons.” said Todd Bourgon, Executive Director, TADA.
The winning foursome, in the scramble format tournament, were Martin Douglas, Mark Would, John Christianson, and Omar Khan, who carded an impressive -7.
As in past years, the tournament’s partner sponsors are four of Canada’s premier financial institutions: Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank and TD Canada Trust.

*Amount to be verified at press time

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