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Return of Glenn Howard Charity Golf Tournament has big impact for GBGH




From left: Nicole Kraftscik, executive director, GBGH Foundation; Glenn Howard & Andrea Ahrens, golf committee volunteers; Terry Hampson, branch manager, Scotiabank Penetanguishene; Victoria Evans, community giving officer, GBGH Foundation.

 

On August 12, 2022, 128 golfers gathered at the Midland Golf & Country Club for the Glenn Howard Charity Golf Classic. After a 2-year hiatus, the tournament was a complete sell out, and raised $122,000 for the Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) Foundation.

Funds raised at the tournament are supporting the Foundation’s Impact Fund, which addresses the highest priority capital equipment needs. This year, the highest priorities include new ultrasound table & probes to help reduce wait times at GBGH; a microfilm scanner, which is essential in retrieving old records used externally and within the hospital; and cardiac monitors, to ensure the most advanced technology is being used for our intensive care patients.

“We all rely on our hospital…our whole community does,” says Glenn Howard, tournament chair. “It’s a privilege that we get to help give GBGH what they need to diagnose and treat our friends, families and neighbours. We couldn’t do it without the support of our incredible business partners and sponsors, who put so much in to making this tournament so beneficial for GBGH.”

This year’s tournament was strongly supported by Scotiabank, through a $15,000 contribution that was spearheaded by colleagues from the branches in Midland & Penetanguishene, along with members of the Wealth Management and Commercial Banking teams.

“Our team at Scotiabank truly cares about clients and community, and it’s hard to imagine that anyone within our community has not benefitted from the wonderful care at GBGH,” shares Terry Hampson, branch manager, Scotiabank Penetanguishene. “We chose to invest in our local hospital to ensure they can expand infrastructure, be equipped with essential tools, continue education and stay up to date with advances in technology.  I loved being part of the Glenn Howard Charity Golf tournament & committee. It was amazing to see so much fun had by all, while supporting an excellent community and cause.”

In total, the Glenn Howard Golf Tournament has raised more than $650,000 for the GBGH Foundation since 2016, supporting vital equipment investments such as scope cleaning machines, automated medication dispensing units and surgical expansion.

“The investment that the Glenn Howard Golf Tournament is making in GBGH is incredible,” shares Nicole Kraftscik, executive director, GBGH Foundation. “These pieces of equipment are having a tangible impact on patients, through increased access to surgery close to home, sterile instruments for outpatient procedures and increased safety in medication delivery. We are so proud to partner with Glenn & his committee to empower our hospital.”