In late 2018, The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton received a tremendous gift from the Hamilton Golf and Country Club Foundation (HGCC): the opportunity to enable two youth to pursue their post-secondary education without struggling with the associated costs.
Since 2015, the Hamilton Golf and Country Club Foundation has donated $80,000 which has provided 16 students with financial assistance to pursue a post-secondary education through funding raised at the annual Dick Borthwick Memorial Golf Tournament. Since 1970, the Borthwick Golf Tournament has raised approximately $2.8 million for local charities and the Foundation maintains a maximum three year commitment to the organizations it supports. However, hearing about the tremendous success of youth who previously received HGCC Foundation support really impacted the members and thus, with a cause that has become so dear to their hearts, they began to explore additional ways to support the Society’s bursary programs.
A recently formed partnership between the HGCC Foundation and its connection to the 2019 RBC Canadian Open saw FedEx, the sponsor of the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour, donate $14,000 USD to the Foundation through its FedEx Cares Program. $6,000 of the FedEx gift was added to a $4,000 donor directed gift made to our agency from an HGCC member and CAS supporter, Nigel Morgan, and has enabled the Foundation to continue its support of the Society’s bursary program through a $10,000 donation to provide two youth in extended Society care with $5,000 bursaries for the 2019-2020 educational year.
With a strong commitment to improving educational outcomes for youth in extended Society care, the agency couldn’t be more excited about this gift. The Society extends sincere thanks to all of the contributing members at HGCC, the HGCC Foundation and the FedEx Cares Program.
HGCC GM/COO, Peter Holt; Bill Paul from Golf Canada; Brian Short, HGCC Foundation President; Fund Development Office from The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, Teresa Silvestro; HGCC Foundation, Vice-President, Al Scott and Club Past President, Scott Shannon met at the HGCC clubhouse for a cheque presentation in December 2018.