Another summer season means another round of golf at the Paul Rushforth Real Estate Charity Golf Tournament, and another incredible fundraising success.
This year’s total, while not officially counted yet, is between $40,000 to $50,000. This is fantastic news for two charities who are benefitting from the fundraiser: The Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre and the Ottawa Senators Foundation.
The tournament also signaled another day of fun and good feelings for the team from Cassidy’s Moving and Storage.
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Why We Love It
We’ve been a sponsor of the event for a couple of years now. We like to support the local community and with the golf tournament, we not only get to support two deserving charities, we get to “ support one of our big customers,” Scott Myers, Cassidy’s sales representative, explained. Cassidy’s has done many moves for homeowners who have bought or sold their house with Paul Rushforth Real Estate.
This year’s turnout was as big as ever. “It’s sold out every year,” Scott said, adding that not many people say no when given the opportunity to be a part of it.
While the focus is on supporting the community, there was no shortage of fun and frivolity. “We go for the fun always,” Scott laughed, adding that they were never concerned with how well they did.
Scott and Jim Schuiteboer were joined by team members Marc and Shawn for the event, and admitted that while they weren’t the best team there, they “didn’t do terribly.” Jim was even one of the eight golfers who competed for the Million Dollar Hole-in-One (no one managed to claim the prize).
When not receiving respectable scores on the course, our team was always interacting with fellow golfers. According to Scott, the tournament is all about giving back and “the people you meet.”
Some of those ‘people’ included the life size cutouts of Paul in a variety of poses and outfits, which many of the golfers couldn’t wait to interact with. “I liked the bikini cutout,” Scott said, laughing at the memory.
There were plenty of memorable moments off the course as well. “Scott is always the life of the party,” Jim chuckled, adding that there was plenty of good-natured goofing around with Magic 100’s Angie Poirier, one of the MCs for the evening.
- The Orleans-Cumberland Community Centre is a very deserving place that provides many much-needed services. These services including counseling and providing hungry families with healthy food.
- The Ottawa Senators Foundation is one close to Paul’s heart – and ours. The main focus of the foundation is to provide programs that help children and teens stay both physically and mentally healthy.
The Prizes and Auction Items
While no one who participates in the tournament needs extra incentive, many companies were generous enough to donate prizes for the participants, including:
- 2 tickets to wherever you want from Westjet
- A $20,000 Dream Backyard package from Brival Landscaping, Permacon, Lavergne Home Improvements, André Taillefer, and Robert Plant.
- A Kevin Haime Golf Package from the Kevin Haime Golf School
- A Lakers jersey autographed by the Magic Johnson from Paul Rushforth Golf.
- A Blue Jays Experience Package including 4 tickets, caps and an autographed Aaron Sanchez jersey from Jani King Ottawa.
This is just a sampling of the prizes made available, not to mention the Hole In One prizes, which went unclaimed this year. Besides the Million Dollar Hole-In-One, there was also a $10,000 prize from RBC and a Ford Mustang.
We Can’t Wait Until Next Year
We’d like to extend our warmest thanks to Paul Rushforth Real Estate for being a gracious host and starting such a wonderful annual event. We’re happy to be a part of it.