On September 18, 2017, Angus Systems was once again a signature sponsor for the Wishes Fore Kids Golf Classic held at the Cherry Downs Golf Club in Pickering, Ontario.
The Wishes Fore Kids Golf Classic is headed by our very own Glen Collins and Mario Cervoni of Schofield Aker Insurance Group Limited, who have co-chaired charity golf tournaments together for the past 16 years.
For five years now, they have co-chaired this tournament in partnership with the Toronto and Central Ontario Chapter of the Make-A-Wish® foundation. Since its inception, the event has had the same two signature sponsors, Angus Systems and Accompass, who thoroughly enjoy supporting this charity year after year.
“We chose to support Make-A-Wish® Canada because it has always been a passion of mine to help kids.” – Glen C.
This year, the tournament brought out 76 golfers, and with the tremendous support from all of the participants, volunteers and incredible sponsors they were able to raise over $53,000 which brought their 5 year total to almost $245,000.
Wishes Fore Kids is much more engaging than most golf tournaments. People are greeted at the registration tent and after receiving a wonderful registration gift, are treated to a full breakfast available to them in the dining room. They then get treated to a great day out on the course, where there are activities located on each and every hole. There are multiple food and beverage stations as well as giveaways from sponsors. Smaller events within the event take place such as putting and chipping competitions.
“Our past participants and sponsors have commented on how professionally run and organized our tournament is. We take great pride in providing an amazing experience for our participants and based on their comments – I think we do that. Many comment that if they could only play in 1 tournament each year, they would choose ours.”
“Most of us are extremely fortunate in our lives with much to be thankful for. We have kids and grand kids, [who are] healthy and don’t live with the struggles that many kids live with each and every day. This tournament is a small way we can give back and help those who are not as fortunate.”
One of the best parts of the tournament, is having Wish recipients come and share their stories. So far, the speakers have been three recent Wish recipients, an adult who received a Wish as a child, and a Wish granter. Glen recounts on one of his most memorable moments with the Wishes Fore Kids Golf Classic:
“I don’t know how we’ll ever top our first ever tournament speaker. We had a little girl by the name of Stephanie Clayton, who was 11 years old at the time. She was born with most of her abdominal organs on the outside of her body, and so, as one could imagine, [she had numerous medical problems]. She stood up there and she spoke about her struggles living with this condition and yet she had the most upbeat positive attitude you could ever imagine. You couldn’t help but get emotional as she talked about her journey. She certainly put life in perspective.
She brought her little sisters who carried her ‘bead box’ that was full of what she referred to as “bravery beads”. She would get a single bead every time she went to the hospital for any type of procedure. This box must have had hundreds of beads. At the end of the [event], she came up to me and showed me her seven surgery beads she had received. She told me she wanted me to have one. I said “Stephanie, I can’t take one of those” but she insisted. Eventually, I agreed to her gift of one of her beads, which I now wear on my chain. Her mom later told me how she was very touched by our tournament. That’s easily my most memorable moment.”
“You walk away at the end of that day, exhausted yet so fulfilled. You just think about what you were able to accomplish and how many kids your efforts will provide wishes for. When you hear from the kids themselves, and the positive impact their wishes had on their lives, you simply want to do more.”
Visit the official Wishes Fore Kids Golf Classic webpage on the Make-A-Wish® website.