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Mercury rises as golfers ‘Tee Up Fore Health Care’

From left at RE/MAX – Kristen Rutgers, Colin Henden, Christine Henden, Kevin Gale, Joseph Day, Sean McKinney, Briar Boyce with the PECMH Foundation, and Herb Pliwischkies.

Supporters of the fourth annual Teeing Up Fore Health Care golf classic held in June scored a hole-in-one raising $27,696 for the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Realtors at RE/MAX Quinte Ltd. in Prince Edward County teed up support to improve care patients receive at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital by directing the proceeds from the tournament toward the Hospital Foundation’s current campaign for medical equipment, specifically for the purchase of two ventilators used in the emergency department.

This year’s achievement brings the four-year total raised through RE/MAX’s efforts to just over $94,000 – bringing the mercury in the thermometer outside the Lake Street office to $233,696. RE/MAX has committed to raising $250,000 for medical equipment needs at the County’s hospital.

The portable ventilators provide life support when transporting critically-ill patients from one hospital to another. The ventilator breathes for patients who are unable to breathe for themselves. This machine is also able to provide oxygen under pressure with a mask similar to a machine used for treating sleep apnea.

Acquiring the new equipment cost $31,902 for two ventilators and they are now operational in the hospital.

Last year’s tournament net more than $27,500 for an upgrade to the telemetry (heart monitoring) equipment at PECMH.

Twenty-one foursomes teed-off under sunny skies for 18 holes on the picturesque and challenging course at the Picton Golf and Country Club, a Par 72 course.

“The Teeing Up Fore Health Care committee is very grateful for the tremendous support from the community,” said Briar Boyce, communications co-ordinator for the PECMH Foundation. “To achieve a net of $27,696 is truly outstanding. Kudos to all.”

Wilkinson and Company Chartered Accountants and Tax Specialists came in as title sponsor for the tournament for the fourth year. Also chipping in support as corporate sponsors were CIBC Mobile Mortgage Advisors, Market High Advertising, Parkside Landscaping and Contracting and Wellings of Picton and Taskforce Engineering. As well, Jamie Yeo of Sobey’s in Picton sponsored the barbecue lunch while Huff Estates donated wine for the take away bags.

“Again, we were blessed with approximately 40 local businesses who came on board as hole sponsors, thus showing their support for PECMH,” said Boyce.

Picton Home Hardware and Building Centre donated the prizes for the hole activities and top foursome. The live auction portion of the evening saw prizes donated by the Waring House, Brookstreet Hotel, and Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.

Winners throughout the day included Greg Parker and Sarah Dean who won longest drive competitions. Brett Hele and Sarah Graydon won ‘closest to the pin’. The winning foursome featured Robert Quaiff, Brad Quaiff, John Haynes and Chris Rice at 11 under par.

“The Foundation raises money in our community for the purchase of priority medical equipment needed for patient care at PECMH,” said Monica Alyea, chair of the PECMH Foundation. “Each year, our County hospital staff treats more than 18,000 in our emergency department alone. The Foundation’s goal is to build partnerships in the County with businesses and others who will work with us to meet the needs of our fundraising endeavours to bring state-of-the-art equipment to our hospital. We are proud of RE/MAX’s ongoing efforts to Tee Up Fore Health Care.”

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