No diamonds were gifted yesterday during the 10th Anniversary of the Re/Max Queen of Hearts Ladies Golf Classic; but perhaps even better, $18,573 was given to the cardiovascular program at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre through the Northern Cardiac Fund, thanks to proceeds from this event. In its 10-year history, this event has raised $208,831 for world-class cardiac care, including 24/7 angioplasty, in Thunder Bay.
Women packed up their golf clubs and took advantage of the beautiful golf facilities at Whitewater Golf Course, for the all-ladies golf tournament. Some even chose to colour co-ordinate team outfits; highlights were Team Dougall Media with their bright orange socks, Team Mitshi Chicks with their black shirts and red pants, and Team Stosic who sported maple leafs all over. Each ‘Queen’ was pampered throughout the day and enjoyed many different contests, as well as a deck party to finish off the afternoon, where the sun almost managed to poke through the ever-present clouds.
“Each ‘Queen’ got the royal treatment, all while participating in an extremely important event to raise funds for cardiac care in our community,” said Nancy Tegola, Committee member. “This tournament is a lot of fun,” continued Tegola. “Underlying the fun, however, is the reason why we’re all here, and that’s to ensure that funds are available to purchase new, leading-edge equipment so that we have access to life-saving cardiac care here in Northwestern Ontario.”
The most serious health problem facing women today is heart disease and stroke. In fact, most Canadian women have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. That’s why the Re/Max Queen of Hearts Ladies Golf Classic is such an important event as 100% of funds raised at this tournament stay here at home. “Re/Max is proud to sponsor this great event that helps out our community,” said Mario Tegola, Broker, Owner, Re/Max First Choice Realty.
Most recently funds raised have supported the purchase of a new C-arm in the Health Sciences Centre’s Catheterization (Cath) Lab. This $1.4 million piece of equipment is vital to our 24/7 angioplasty program and enables the team in the Cath Lab to provide life-saving angioplasty to over 700 patients a year, as well as to provide cardiac catheterization to over 2,000 patients a year.
Together, we’re bringing cardiac care closer to home.
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