Kingston Golfers Raise Funds to Save Lives

On July 31, the women of the Cataraqui Golf & Country Club celebrate the Rose of Hope’s 20th anniversary, welcoming more than 150 players, volunteers and supporters to a spirited day of golf, live and silent auctions and a keynote speaker. There will be an announcement of what they have raised this year which is expected to be another record-breaking number.

This year, tournament organizers have committed to a five–year pledge of $500,000 to help configure, equip, furnish and improve the breast screening unit at Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s (KHSC’s) Hotel Dieu Hospital site where, annually, 3,700 women face the possibility of starting a potentially life-changing journey with breast cancer.

The ambitious pledge will support early detection efforts which offer the very best chance for a good prognosis. “We are thrilled that the Rose of Hope Tournament Committee has chosen to invest in our program which strives to provide early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer in a timely fashion,” says Eric Sauerbrei, Radiologist, Breast Assessment Centre, KHSC, “this generous investment is tremendously important to enhance and optimize these services.”

Over the past 20 years the tournament has raised in excess of $1.6 million for cancer services in our region. Last year’s best-ever total of $140,000 went to support KHSC’s breast reconstruction program so that women have the best care, close to home.

Event Chair, Sherri McCullough, attributes the extraordinary results of the Tournament to “a powerful need to give back to our healthcare system.” McCullough says Rose of Hope is “not just a golf tournament.” With women and men alike decked out in pink there is a lot of fun to be had but the significance of the greater good—raising funds in order to save lives—is never far from players’ minds. “We all know someone, we’ve all lost someone, or we’ve been through it ourselves,” says Sherri, “We feel empowered to fill the need and know that our past support and this new goal will make a difference for patients and their loved ones from our community.”

“What these women have accomplished together through the years, how they have rallied and sustained support for breast health in southeastern Ontario is an exceptional tribute to their leadership, and a poignant example of their genuine love of community.” –Lori Faggiani, Director Annual Appeal, University Hospitals Kingston Foundation

Event details are as follows:

Location:      Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, 961 King Street West Kingston, ON.
Date:              Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Time:              11:00 am – Event welcome and interview opportunity prior to 11:30 am shotgun start.


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