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No dinner, no golf, but still a donation: golf club supports nursing home

Georgian Bay Club Foundation cancelled its annual charity tournament, but members still contributed donations, which produced $12,500 for Sunset Manor
Paula Zubek presents a cheque to Sunset Manor on behalf of the Georgian Bay Club Foundation. Maddie Johnson for CollingwoodToday

On Sept. 23, the Georgian Bay Club Foundation (GBC Foundation) donated $12,500 to support Sunset Manor's Montessori program. 

GBC Foundation member Paula Zubek was joined by Deputy Warden Barry Burton outside the long-term care facility to present the cheque to staff members. 

Over the past 17 years, the foundation has donated almost $2.5 million to local hospitals and other organizations through funds raised at its annual charity golf tournament. Due to the current pandemic situation, the GBC Foundation had to cancel the fundraising event, which was scheduled for Aug. 14. Instead, the foundation put out a call to its membership asking for donations for "The 2020 No Dinner, No Golf Campaign."

"Everyone stepped up, donating what they would have had they come out to the event, and we raised over $150,000," said Zubek. 

Sunset Manor's Montessori program helps residents with dementia and Alzheimer's through individualized, hands-on exercises and activities.  

"It's amazing, especially at a time like this. Through the pandemic, our families and volunteers haven't been coming into the home like they used to. A donation like this can help us design programs set up for success, so to meet their emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical and social domains," said Jenn Baulke, supervisor of the program and support services department. 

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Maddie Johnson is an early career journalist working in financial, small business, adventure and lifestyle reporting. She studied Journalism at the University of King's College, and worked in Halifax, Malta and Costa Rica before settling in Collingwood
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