An Air Canada employee-organized golf tournament in Montreal has raised a record $197,000 for research into Multiple Sclerosis and, over just five years, has become the biggest fund-raising amateur golf tournament in Canada. Since its inception in 1995, the annual employee fund-raising event has raised a cumulative total of $540,000.
The golf tournament, which was held at the St. Raphael Golf Club in Ile Bizard last Monday, attracted more than 200 participants and included dinner as well as an auction featuring a variety of donated merchandise, trips and unique sports items. Funds raised from the event will go to support Multiple Sclerosis research and patient services at two Montreal hospitals: Notre Dame and the Montreal Neurological Institute.
“Air Canada employees put a lot of effort into collecting from our different business units and many of our suppliers goods and donations which were auctioned during the evening,” said 1999 Honorary Chairman Robin Wohnsigl, Vice President, Technical Operations. “I am proud of the volunteers and the participants who are passionate about this event and made it a roaring success.”
Items auctioned off during the evening included a one-week trip to Montpellier, France to play golf and a variety of `one-of-a-kind` sports items including: a Roots jacket signed by Air Canada Grand Prix winner Mika Hakkinen, a Montreal Canadiens sweater autographed by Saku Koivu and racing gloves signed by Alex Zanardi. The highlight of the evening was Jacques Villeneuve`s racing helmet from this year`s Air Canada Grand Prix which sold for $6,000.
Plans for the sixth annual tournament, scheduled for August 7, 2000, are already underway and Air Canada Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Claude Saillant will serve as Honorary Chairman of the event.