Annual Re/Max tourney nets nearly $30,000 for PECMH medical equipment

ALL FORE THE FOUNDATION- ReMax Quinte's annual golf tournament in benefit of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation raised a record $27,696 last month. Pictured at Thursday's cheque presentation are (From Left) Kristen Rutgers, Colin Henden, Christine Henden, Kevin Gale, Joseph Day, Sean McKinney, Briar Boyce with the PECMH Foundation and Herb Pliwischkies. (Jason Parks/Gazette Photo)

Supporters of the 4th annual Teeing Up Fore Health Care golf classic held on June 12 scored a hole-in-one for the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation by raising $27,696 for much-needed medical equipment.

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

These portable ventilators provide life support for transporting critically ill patients from one hospital to another. The ventilator breathes for these 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 this new equipment cost $31,902 for two ventilators and the PECMHF is happy to report this equipment is now operational at PECMH.

Last year’s tournament in 2017 netted over $27,500 for an upgrade to the telemetry (heart monitoring) equipment at PECMH.

This year’s achievement brings the four-year total raised through RE/MAX’s efforts to just over $94,000 which will bring the mercury in the thermometer outside their Lake Street office to $233,696.

RE/MAX has committed to raising $250,000 for medical equipment needs at PECMH.

In total, 21 foursomes teed off under sunny skies to enjoy 18 holes of best ball competition on the picturesque and challenging course at the Picton Golf and Country Club.

“The Teeing Up Fore Health Care committee is very grateful for the tremendous support from the community and to achieve a net of $27,696 is truly outstanding,” said Briar Boyce, communications co-ordinator for the PECMH Foundation. “Special thanks are extended to Wilkinson and Company Chartered Accountants and Tax Specialists who came in as the title sponsor for the tournament for the fourth year.

Boyce added that corporate sponsors CIBC Mobile Mortgage Advisors, Market High Advertising, Parkside Landscaping and Contracting and Wellings of Picton and Taskforce Engineering helped make the event a record-breaking success.

As well, Jamie Yeo of Sobey’s in Picton sponsored the barbecue lunch while Huff Estates donated the 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 winners of the various activities throughout the day were as follows:

Longest Drive Competition:

Male = Greg Parker                                         Female = Sarah Dean


Closest to the Pin:

Male = Brett Hele                                            Female =  Sarah Graydon


Winning foursome: Robert Quaiff, Brad Quaiff, John Haynes and Chris Rice at 11 under par.

The live auction portion of the evening saw wonderful prizes donated by the Waring House, Brookstreet Hotel, and Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.

“The Foundation raises money in our community for the purchase of priority medical equipment needed for patient care at PECMH.  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 in support of our County hospital,” said Monica Alyea, chair of the PECMH Foundation.