Tee It Up For Mattawa Healthcare – Final Thoughts

I have written several articles on this fantastic local charity golf tournament. As you are aware, I was fortunate to participate in this growing tournament and I have to say that it was first-rate! The purpose of this event was to raise monies for the Mattawa Hospital and the new Algonquin Nursing Home (being built as we speak) and to that end, the entire day was very successful. The unofficial tally for all the efforts of the organizers was over $51,000. Almost doubling the previous year’s total.

Holding the Big Cheque!

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A Million Dollar Golf Shot

Have you ever had a chance to win a million dollars playing golf? Unless you are a professional, the chances are highly unlikely that you have. Well, just a couple of weeks ago I had this very chance.


I made my way to the Veterans Fields in North Bay and thought I would try to shoot a hole in one for a million dollars. I have 3 holes in one through my golfing career, so I thought why not me!  Continue reading

Helping Military Families

The True Patriot Love Foundation helps countless military families every day!  Last year, the True Patriot Love Foundation launched its program for North Bay, Ontario, Canada.  On 03 July 13, I had the honor, for the second year in a row, of playing golf with a group of dedicated civilians and military personnel focused on making a difference.

True Patriot Love Foundation

Former Canadian Professional Golf Association president Glen Cundari – 03 July 13

True Patriot Love is a national foundation that supports and honors members of the Canadian military and their families. It was founded by a group of citizens dedicated to building bridges between Canadian civilians and their military, in order to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices of soldiers and their families. In celebrating the patriotism of our military families, our foundation also strives to inspire Canadians to serve their country, whether it’s in or out of uniform.

The Nugget.ca reported: “Former Canadian Professional Golf Association president Glen Cundari, of North Bay, said it officially started Tuesday at the PGA championships in Markham, Ont., and will run through to the Canadian Open.  Local (North Bay) golfers donated almost $5,000 to the True Patriot Love Foundation through the Patriot Golf Day initiative last year with tens of thousands more raised across the country.”

At 22 Wing North Bay, the True Patriot Love Foundation supports military families with the most basic of needs.  Most Canadian military families move every 3-4 years; this constant change makes it almost impossible to secure a family doctor!  However, due to this amazing initiative, “Locally we’ve seen a tremendous impact,” Major Don Saunders told The Nugget. “Two years in a row the Patriot Love Foundation has donated $70,000 to fund our 22 Wing family medical clinic.” “The clinic supports almost 300 military member’s families and veterans in this area, serving 1,200 patients.” (Nugget.ca)

“I wish to thank the sponsors of the event the Professional Golf Association (PGA) for recognizing our commitment to Canada both at home and abroad, and my sincere thanks for the patriotism the golfers are showing today in supporting those soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen and their families,” said Colonel Conrad Namiesniowski, 22 Wing Commander.(BAYTODAY.ca)

As a serving military member, I am truly grateful for the True Patriot Love Foundation`s support to our families.  Our families make as much or more of a sacrifice everyday to help protect the freedoms we hold dear!  Thank you to everyone who supported this most deserving charity!

Special thanks to PGA professional Jeff Rogerson at Opsrey Links Golf Course for hosting this years event!  Jeff and his team did a fantastic job and we are all grateful for their outstanding hospitality!

I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!