The Canadian Black Book golf tournament was renamed on its twenty-first year, as the Canadian Black Book Kathy Ward Memorial Golf Tournament in honour of the host’s former long-time CEO. It was also announced that the tournament raised over $100K for the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation since Kathy’s passing last December.
Since its commencement, the tournament has raised over $500,00 for the charity of choice of the late Kathy Ward. Kathy’s husband Harm and son William, committed generously earlier in the year 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 at its golf tournament in August, Harm and William’s contribution was maximized.
“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 Canadian Black Book, Kathy Ward Memorial Golf Tournament was held at Magna Golf Club in Aurora on September 10th and hosted 120 golfers from the auto industry across Canada.
“William and I are committed to honouring Kathy’s ambition to send over 1000 under privileged kids to Tim’s camps (a cost of approx.. $1000.00 per child),” says 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.