$271K raised for northwestern Ontario charities from Staal Open tournament, say organizers
Beneficiaries include Camp Quality, Northern Cancer Fund and Smilezone Foundation
Officials with the Staal Foundation Open golf tournament in Thunder Bay, Ont., say three charities that operate in northwestern Ontario will get over $271,000 from proceeds raised during the event.
Johnny Ruiz, a 23-year-old from Camarillo, Calif., won the tournament, taking home $31,500 for the victory. Ruiz shot 13 under par, one shot better than runners-up Max McGreevy, Kramer Hickok and Chad Ramey.
Tbaytel was the title sponsor.
Support for kids battling cancer and their families has been a particular focus of the tournament's fundraising efforts. The event has raised a total of more than $845,000 over the past four years, organizers said. The money goes towards "regional programming, outreach, patient care and new equipment in northwestern Ontario," according to a written release.
"The support that's been directed to ensuring we have exceptional cancer care in northwestern Ontario, so our families can stay together during a cancer journey, has been nothing short of astonishing," Glenn Craig, the head of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation — the fundraising arm of the hospital — was quoted as saying.