On Monday, July 17, 2023, Canadian sports and entertainment celebrities gathered at Lionhead Golf Club in Brampton, ON to support Smilezone Foundation’s eighth annual celebrity golf tournament.
Smilezone Foundation, co-founded by former NHL player and two-time Stanley Cup Winner Adam Graves, transforms Canadian hospital rooms and health centres into kid-friendly areas, helping children with illnesses or disabilities feel more comfortable while receiving medical treatment. Since 2013, the Smilezone Foundation has completed more than 340 Smilezone transformations, including recent renovations in 2023 at Mississauga’s Credit Valley Hospital, Port Perry Hospital, Scarborough Children’s Aid Society, Hamilton’s St Joseph’s Urgent Care Centre, and St John’s Janeway Children’s Hospital. The Foundation’s Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament has raised more than $1.2 million over the past eight years to help support these much-needed hospital renovations.
Throughout the day, 340 golfers and celebrities played the stunning golf courses at Lionhead, and enjoyed a wonderful day of food and drinks, exciting live and silent auctions, and special dinner presentation hosted by Hockey Night in Canada Host, Ron MacLean. Celebrities supporting the tournament at Lionhead this year included: celebrated former Toronto Maple Leafs Captain Rick Vaive, Gil Moore of legendary Canadian rock band Triumph, Anthony Cirelli of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sean Monahan of the Montreal Canadiens, Erik Gudbranson of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ryan Strome of the Anaheim Ducks, Dylan Strome of the Washington Capitals, Nick Ritchie of the Calgary Flames, Bo Horvat of the New York Islanders, drummer for the Arkells Tim Oxford, former drummer for Our Lady Peace Jeremy Taggart, and many more!
During dinner, a special Smilezone Ambassador Award was presented to Canadian hockey legend, Angela James, the first female hockey player inducted into Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame. This award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated long-standing generous support to Smilezone Foundation and to other charitable causes supporting kids, and who embodies our Smilezone values of compassion, integrity, and collaboration on a daily basis.
“We are honoured to see all the great support from our golfers and celebrity guests today at Lionhead Golf Club, including our 2023 Smilezone Ambassador Angela James” says Adam Graves, “Their leadership and passion for helping bring smiles to kids’ faces in hospitals across Canada is inspiring, and we could not have raised these critical funds without their support every year.”
Thanks to the strong support of golfers and celebrities today, more than $245,000 critical funds were raised for upcoming Smilezone transformations in cities such as Midland, Vancouver, Red Deer, Montreal, Toronto, Kitchener, Owen Sound, Moncton and more.
See you next year! Please save the date
Monday, July 22nd, 2024 at Lionhead Golf Club
More Information will be sent out in Jan 2024!
Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!
Slaight Family Foundation
Goodale Miller Team
David and Leslie Clanachan Foundation
Air Canada Foundation
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Sea Island Resort
Between the Lines Winery
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Oakville Sight and Sound
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