The Saltillo Tile and Stone team won this year’s tournament. The team was comprised of (left to right) Ryan Welsh, Ottawa Senators Cody Ceci and Mark Stone, and Ryan Hicks

The 11th annual Champions for Kids Foundation Golf Tournament last week raised over $55,000 for the Foundation. Organizers have indicated that the tournament raised one of the highest totals of any Champions for Kids tournament held so far.

“We’re ecstatic,” said tournament Co-Chair Casey Nelson. “We are so thankful to the golfers who supported us and the many volunteers who came together to help make our tournament a success. These funds will help children in our communities enjoy sports and the arts, support medical and other needs, and make their childhood better.”

The Champions for Kids Foundation Golf Tournament is the major annual fundraising event for the Champions for Kids Foundation. Over more than a decade, the Foundation has raised tens of thousands through the tournament. Proceeds are used to help kids enjoy sports, the arts, and other fun activities. Funds have also been used to meet unique needs like covering minor medical expenses (i.e. eyeglasses), providing gas cards to parents with a child in the hospital, or purchasing a winter coat for a child who needs warmth.

The overall winner at the event was the Saltillo Tile and Stone team, which included Ryan Welsh, Ottawa Senator Cody Ceci, Ottawa Senator Mark Stone and Ryan Hicks.

The tournament attracted 110 golfers to the Mississippi Golf Club near Carleton Place who enjoyed a barbecued lunch, 18 holes of golf, a silent auction featuring signed NHL memorabilia, a barbecue, green fee packages for area courses, gift baskets, outdoor furniture, and other items.

A live auction included a signed Eric Karlsson Ottawa Senators’ jersey which sold for $500, autographed hockey sticks, a small fridge, and more. Preparations are underway for the 2019 tournament, to be held at the Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club, on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.


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