The organizing committee of the Mike Gregoire Memorial Golf Tournament is pleased to once again run our annual fund raising golf tournament, in honour of the late Mike Gregoire.
In the last seven years of our tournament, we have collected and redistributed over $80,000.00. Proceeds from this fund raising initiative will be directed to the Madison Ambos Rehabilitation Fund, Journey with James Michael and the Stephen Budai Foundation.
We are offering sponsorship opportunities and welcome your support and participation to help us to continue to serve our community.
We would also be honoured to have your playing participation in this year's tournament. Golfer registration fees have been set at $135.00 per player, which includes:
On behalf of the charities that benefit from the generosity of our tournament participants, we appreciate your consideration of sponsorship, and hope you will be able to join us on the day, for some great fun.
Please contact either of the following committee members for any clarifications or additional information.
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Deer Creek Golf Club
2700 Audley Road
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Sponsorship Fee: $2,000.00
Sponsorship Fee: $1,500.00
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Sponsorship Fee: $500.00
Sponsorship Fee: $300.00
Sponsorship Fee: $100.00
Sponsorship Fee: Donated items should retail at no less than $50.00
Sponsorship Fee: Donated prizes should retail at no less than $25.00
Sponsorship fees should be made payable to the Mike Gregoire Memorial Golf Tournament
Final artwork from sponsors, for all on course signage and tournament program must be made available, in pdf of jpg format, by September 14, in order to meet printing deadlines.
Meet Madison! She is almost 6 years old and loves playing with her brother Jack, Cousins Nate, and Evelyn, going to school with her friends, swimming, going to Girl Guides and riding her horse Axel! She brings joy to everyone she meets with her infectious smile and bubbly personality.
Madison was born with Cerebral Palsy: damage to the brain caused by lack of oxygen before or at birth, which affects muscle tone and impairs muscle coordination in both her legs and arms. Cerebral Palsy is something that she will live with her whole life, but already at such a young age, she does not let it define her. With the support of friends and a large cheering section made up of the extended Gregoire families, Madison has already proven that nothing is impossible. She continues to enlarge her family with all of the doctors, therapists and professionals she has met through early intervention.
Very quickly, we understood the importance of early intervention and decided at the beginning of our journey to take an aggressive approach to providing support strategies for her. We determined that the specific knowledge shared with us about neuroplasticity in the brain was key. Through consistent and repetitive therapy, Madison is creating new pathways in her brain. She is able to both attempt new movements and control movements that she would not normally have been able to do. The therapy she has received from Grandview Children’s Centre in Durham, Variety Village, The March of Dimes Conductive Education Program in Toronto, and Smile Therapy for Kids, Neurochangers and Sportside Medical Services has been life changing for her. She has become more confident, is able to think through her movements and has become more of a risk taker. She uses her canes independently and is taking independent steps. Physical activity and sport are extremely important to our families and we know they will be for Madison too. Swimming has also been an amazing therapy for Madison. She can kick in the water, stretch out her muscles and be free. She is training towards being on the Variety Village swim team.
Thanks to the support from past year’s golf tournaments, Madison has been able to do many more therapies that have given her more independence, strength and skills that help her navigate through her daily life. This past winter, Madison was able to try skiing for the first time and she loved it! We are extremely grateful she was able to experience it and she is looking forward to continuing next winter. She had her SDR surgery two years ago and is doing very well. Madison is also celebrating her one-year anniversary from PERCS muscle lengthening surgery. Her doctors believe this is the final piece of the puzzle of giving her the best chance at being an independent walker. Partial proceeds from this year’s golf tournament will go towards Madison's therapy program.
We are extremely grateful for the family we have and for Lisa, Patrick and Jessica Gregoire who have graciously offered to include Madison in the fundraising efforts with the Mike Gregoire Memorial Golf Tournament held in honor of my father’s cousin. Thank you for your support and if you are interested in continuing to follow Madison in her adventures, please check out our blog: www.madimoves.com.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the golf tournament and thank you again for your support of this event.
Katherine Ambos (Gregoire)
Meet James! He is our three year old boy - a happy, spirited, and loveable boy who has Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy. He was diagnosed when he was 13 months old after being born 3 months premature and delayed in major developmental milestones. He is a level 4 (out of a 5 level gross motor classification system) and as such, has limited mobility. He has a hard time sitting for a long period of time without falling over and cannot get into a seated position on his own. He can army crawl (on his stomach) but cannot four-point crawl at this point. He needs assistance with all standing positions and because of the high level of spasticity (tightness), his legs scissor a lot making walking movements hard when he uses a walker. We are so excited that James has been accepted for SDR (selective dorsal rhizotomy) surgery. The surgery results in a significant reduction in spasticity which will have a huge impact on James' mobility and quality of life.
SDR is performed at St. Louis Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, USA by an internationally renowned neurosurgeon Dr. T.S. Park. Dr. Park predicts that James' spasticity will be permanently reduced, his sitting and standing postures will improve, his transitions between postures will be easier and faster, his balance and level of comfort will improve and he'll be able to walk using a walker. Crutch walking is possible. These predictions bring us great joy and excitement for James' future! James is a very hard worker and responds well to a busy therapy schedule. He currently goes to Conductive Education at March of Dimes, horse back riding at Windreach Farms, and physiotherapy at SMILE therapy and Grandview Children's Centre, as well as swimming. We are confident James will respond well to intensive rehabilitation following his scheduled SDR surgery. The surgery is currently scheduled in 2020 but we are on the cancellation list which provides as little as 6 weeks notice should an earlier date become available (which we are hoping for). We are so grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of this year’s Mike Gregoire Memorial Golf Tournament. The funds raised will be used for James’ ongoing physiotherapy and equipment needs following James’ SDR surgery. We hope you follow along on our journey at journeywithjamesmichael.com
Stephen J Budai Memorial Fund
The Stephen J Budai Memorial Fund was established in May 2011 in honor of the Late Stephen J Budai, husband, father, son and hockey coach!
The fund was set up to help those kids less fortunate play hockey in Ajax. Stephen had a passion for hockey and all he ever wanted was to see that every child had the opportunity to play. So that is why the fund was created.
The fund is administered by The Salvation Army who qualifies each family based on household income minimums established by the Ontario Government. Also they are a registered charity so anyone who makes a contribution can get a tax receipt for a charitable contribution.
Since its inception the Memorial fund has almost hit the target of helping 100 children play hockey. I am sure with the 2016-2017 hockey season, it will be achieved.
A contribution from the MGMGT has been an amazing help the past two years. It has enabled us not to have to say No to any child!
What a better way to honor these two men who left us far too early…
For further information;
The Salvation Army
35 King’s Cres
Ajax L1S 2L8
Contact; Heather Lyons