• James Parry

A golf classic in every sense of the word helps local worthwhile causes

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Proud Hudsonite and hockey coach legend, Jacques Demers (foreground), received a standing ovation when he was present for the presentation of a cheque to the Western Patriots Football Association which helps support under privileged youngsters pursue their sporting dreams in the Vaudeuil-Soulanges region.

In the true spirit of caring and sharing, Whitlock Golf and Country Club in Hudson was the setting for a brilliant celebratory dinner Saturday, August 5, when three local worthwhile causes were presented with cheques thanks to the generosity of golfers, business leaders, sponsors, and others from throughout the community who participated in the 7th annual Cunningham's Pub-Whitlock Community Golf Classic played there in June.

This year, over $35,000 was raised bringing the total to date to over $135,000 and the beneficiaries this time around were the Kidney Foundation of Canada in the amount of $17,000 and gratefully accepted by Patrick Marais and Chris Gobeil, Hudson's Le Pont/Bridging food bank which was represented by Anik St. Germain and which received $5,000, and the Western Patriots Football Association that supports underprivileged youngsters in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region presented to Dan Wilson and also to the tune of $5,000. The balance is being held in reserve to help them in cases of emergency that may arise in the coming months.

And what a magnificent evening it was complete with a scrumptious buffet. With some very special guests from the sports world including - and welcomed with a sustained standing ovation - former Habs Stanley Cup-winning coach and now Senator Jacques Demers making one of his rare public appearances since suffering a stroke last year. Also fellow Senator Larry Smith a former running back with the Montreal Alouettes for nine seasons, as well as NHL players current and past including Matt Lombardi, P.J. Stock, and Wally Weir. Also local artist, Hillary Olivier, whose original painting portrait of Jacques Demers created specifically for the evening will be on permanent display at Whitlock.

A big bravo to the organizing committee comprising Jim Beauchamp, owner of Cunningham's Pub, and Graham Dorcas who first came up with the idea seven years ago, Keith Dugas, twins Erika and Christen Wilken, and Whitlock's Community Development Team Leader, Scott Crowder, who told Your Local Journal, “Instead of a dinner immediately after the actual tournament, we decided to invite business leaders, sponsors and everyone involved for a special evening. To better get to know one another and perhaps come up with more ideas as to how, working together in the future, we can also help the community and make a positive change in the lives of people in need.”

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