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Huge turnout for annual golf tournament 

Tyler Curotte The Eastern Door

The 10th annual charity golf tournament benefitting the Kateri Memorial Foundation (KMF) drew in a large crowd, with overwhelming support and donations from the community.

“The golf tournament is important as it creates funds for the KMF, which in turn allows us to buy equipment and provide services that have been underfunded for so long,” said Carla Skye, a member of the board of directors for the foundation, emphasizing the direct impact the event has had on the community.

The final fundraising numbers were still unconfirmed as of Thursday afternoon, according to the KMF. The target for the event was set at $150,000.

Out of the 44 teams who signed up for the event, the winners of this year’s tournament with 14 under par were Jon Kane, Dalton Kane, Stormy Goodleaf, and Kevin Hogg. 

“I’m happy we won it this year because we were so close last year to winning it,” said Dalton. “We only lost by one shot to a stacked team. So, it was on our minds all off season to try and redeem ourselves this year.”

The charity golf tournaments creation came when Frank McComber and Charleen Schurman began an effort to acquire additional funds for the hospital, as not all essential health resources are covered by the government. There are still various unmet needs in the community, they said.

Reflecting over the past decade, McComber spoke about how meaningful this event is to the community. “For the past 10 years, it’s been an incredible time and opportunity to be a part of something that gives back so much to our community,” he said. 

“Looking around, everyone seems very happy. It’s a beautiful day. The weather is beautiful.”

Carly Gilbert, the tournament’s coordinator, explained that the profits are distributed according to the hospital’s requests and recommendations in regard to areas that are lacking in resources or equipment.

The tournament, sponsored by Playground Poker, the 207 Steakhouse, and KMHC’s pharmacy among various other local businesses, has grossed around $100,000 annually since the induction of the tournament in 2013.

The 2024 edition of the event marked the 10th KMF tournament, as the event was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The foundation’s fundraisers year-round have led to the addition of new medical equipment and renovations at the hospital, such as a bladder scan, an EKG, and recently a new ultrasound machine.

Over the past decade, the tournament has raised over $900,000. If the KMF reached its fundraising goal, the event will have now contributed more than $1 million over the years.

Part of the revenue this year will go towards building a permanent roof over the entrance and ramp to the long-term care unit at the Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre, allowing greater accessibility for the elders within the community to enter and exit, along with their guests. 

“This event has impacted the community in enormous numbers,” stressed Kevin Nolan, an annual participant in the event. “It’s the biggest fundraiser event here in Kahnawake.” 

Those who are hoping to participate in next year’s tournament should sign up now, as the reception from the community has been extremely positive. “The community has been so generous in their donations in the past, we already have a waitlist for next year,” said Gilbert.

tyler@easterndoor.com

This article was originally published in print on June 7, in issue 33.23 of The Eastern Door.

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