Digby golf tournament raises $15,000 for healthcare foundation

Published on September 9, 2017

DIGBY, NS – As it turns out, golfing for the health of it is a lucrative affair.

The third annual Richard Ellis Golf Tournament was held June 28 at the Digby Pines golf course.

This year’s tournament raised over $15,000 for the Digby & Area Health Services Foundation, over five times what it raised the previous year.

Event coordinators Kevin Ellis and Mike Bartlett are extremely pleased with how the day played out and the amount of money raised.

“It’s really something when people and the community come together in a social setting to raise money for a good cause,” said Ellis.

“Golf is an inclusive game. Women and men of all ages can play, and that’s exactly what happened that day.”

The event featured celebrity guest and retired National Hockey League player Joe DePinta, who won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

DePinta is currently serving as the regional and national director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. He spoke at the tournament about why such events are important to help raise money for healthcare.

“It’s always a great time when I come to Digby, and it’s always nice to see people getting together in the name of charity,” he said.

“Healthcare is an important cause.”

First place at the tournament went to Team Shell, captained by Allison Simpson. Second place went to Team Subway, and third went to the Bay Ferries team.

The event will once again be coordinated next year by Kevin Ellis and Mike Bartlett, who have already begun planning for it.

They already have an idea who will be the celebrity guest next year, and are looking forward to raising even more money for the healthcare foundation.

“We’re looking forward to raising money for healthcare in Digby, but also putting together another fun, social event that’ll bring people together,” said Ellis.

Ellis and Bartlett wished to thank event sponsors, donors, golfers and Joe DePinta, all of whom helped to make the event what it was.