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Gord Brown Memorial Golf Tournament a Success! News Release

BROCKVILLE & KINGSTON, ON – This year’s Gord Brown Memorial Golf Tournament in support of the United Way Leeds & Grenville and the YMCA of Eastern Ontario is a great success thanks to the generosity of people in our region!

The final total raised will be more than $182,000 to support many of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“Our late MP Gord Brown really set a standard of caring for our community and we are so pleased to be able continue this great work with the support of his family,” said Jane Hess, Interim Executive Director of United Way Leeds & Grenville. “We are thankful for the Brown family’s trust in us to utilize these funds to support health equity in our community through important local programs and services.  Working with the YMCA of Eastern Ontario, on the event, we welcomed back so many volunteers, sponsors and golfers who truly care about our communities.” 

Larry Robinson, Al Iafrate and Todd Gill kicked off the day with a media event and spent time with fans, signing memorabilia and being available for lots of selfies. The three former NHLers have am affinity for our region. Robinson played for the Brockville Braves and has family in the area. Iafrate began his hockey career in Belleville and loves using hockey as a way to give back to the community. Gill grew up in the area and also played for the Brockville Braves. He said: “I grew up in a small town in Ontario and to do these things is an honour and something I enjoy doing. I get to see a lot of familiar faces, and I have a lot of fun.”

Robinson loves playing the course at Smuggler’s Glen. “My brother and I like to play at least once or twice a year because it’s such a spectacular view.” He added, “Gord did a lot for charity, so it’s great to come back and help the cause.”

“It’s the kind of event where everyone has a good time made even better by the knowledge that by sponsoring, participating or volunteering, they are helping people,” said Rob Adams, CEO, YMCA of Eastern Ontario. “Larry, Al and Todd give their time because they know just how important it is for people to have access to the supports they need. Everyone who helps has shown a lot of heart and we are very grateful to them. We are particularly indebted to the Brown family and their continued support of our communities.”

The United Way and YMCA wish to thank all the sponsors of the Gord Brown Memorial Golf Tournament whose support was invaluable to the success of the event.

1000 Islands Community Development Corporation

Canarm Ltd.

Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands


Findlay Foods (Kingston) Ltd.

Andrew Kizell Photography

Smart Centres Real Estate Investment Trust

Henderson Digital Marketing & Printing

Bell Media (Move FM/Bounce FM)

Post Media

Gananoque Chevrolet Buick GMC

Burnbrae Farms Ltd.

G. Tackaberry & Sons Construction Co. Ltd.

Pal Insurance

Kingston Frontenacs

Gananoque Lions Club

Gan Brewing Co.

HangUps Creative Picture Framing

Travelodge (Gananoque-1000 Islands)

The Pump House Creamery



Coca Cola Canada Bottling Ltd. 
Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course

Gananoque Chev Cadillac Buick GMC

Beer Canada

Comfort Inn & Suites (Gananoque-1000 Islands)

Northern Cables Incorporated

Jay Rayner/Assante Wealth Management

Starbucks (Gananoque-1000 islands)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Gananoque)

Pelee Island Winery

Brockville Hyundai

Choice Hotels

The Keystorm Pub

Brown Hospitality Corporation




About United Way Leeds & Grenville

United Way Leeds & Grenville is a non-profit agency that supports 20 local partner agencies in the community. Its mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. UWLG is dedicated to bringing people together to build vibrant and caring communities. For more information, please visit www.uwlg.org

About YMCA Eastern Ontario

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario is a charity that provides programs and services to improve health and health outcomes, develops leaders, helps build social connections and provides safe, inclusive spaces for people of all ages. The Y is Canada’s largest provider of childcare with trademarked curricula and offers fitness and other specialized programs including Work Hard Eat Well, advanced aquatics and Total Life Care. www.eo.ymca.ca

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Christine Radford

Director, Resource Development

United Way Leeds & Grenville




Colleen Gareau

Director, Marketing & Communication

YMCA Eastern Ontario