The Onion raises $29,400 for hospice, palliative care despite Covid-19 roadblocks

 Host committee fundraising moves forward despite postponement of 2020 golf tourney

 Despite the cancellation of its anchor golf event this summer because of Covid-19, the Brian McGuire Memorial Golf Tournament (The Onion) managed to raise $29,400 for its two provincial healthcare recipients — P.E.I. hospice care and palliative services.

The cheque donation took place recently in Morell during the wrap-up meeting for the 12th annual Onion.

Nancymarie Arsenault, executive director of Hospice P.E.I., and Peter Howatt, manager of the Provincial Palliative Care Centre, accepted the donation from members of the host Onion committee. The two healthcare groups will split the proceeds.

Both Arsenault and Howatt expressed appreciation for the Onion’s 2020 support, raised in the face of major roadblocks presented by the virus.

The tournament, held each August since 2009 at The Links at Crowbush Cove, was postponed in May because of the uncertainty presented by restrictions in place to control the pandemic.

“We were disappointed by the decision to cancel this year’s tournament but there were just too many unknown factors,” said tourney co-ordinator Bill McGuire. “We knew the needs at hospice and palliative were urgent, so we explored other options to help those healthcare groups in some way.”

McGuire said the decision to keep the Onion alive was made easier when tournament title sponsors P.E.I. Mussel King and Atlantic Shellfish each declared they were coming back and pledged to help the 2020 fundraiser in whatever form it took.

“With our title sponsors aboard, our committee voted to proceed. We set what we thought was an ambitious goal of $25,000 and reached out to our supporters. The response from businesses, individuals, volunteers and golfers was extremely gratifying,” said McGuire.

McGuire noted that a majority of Onion fundraising the previous 11 years took place through golf — from team registrations for the golf tourney and various events at Crowbush on tournament day.

“Obviously, that didn’t happen in 2020. We relied largely on the media, social media and personal calls to reach out, and our supporters came through again for the Onion.

”Once we let our patrons know that the opportunity remained to support the Onion, even without the fun golf tournament, the answer was always yes, although many of them suffered financial and personal hardships caused by Covid-19.”

This year’s $29,400 pushed the Onion’s 12-year fundraising total to $444,650 for hospice and palliative care.

“We are hopeful that things will return closer to normal next summer which would allow the Onion to hold our popular golf tournament, awards banquet and on-line auction," said McGuire.

He said the Onion hopes to hit the $500,000 mark when the 13th annual event takes place August 7, 2021 at Crowbush.

Ken & Ellen Connolly, Island EMS, George & Anne Morrison, Krista McGuire, MacPhail Poultry Inc., David Matthes, Donna Sanderson, Beth Greene, Sherry Winters, Kent Compton, Tom Killorn, Ben & Cheryl MacCallum, Kevin & Margot McGuire, Louis & Leona Dalton, Lyman & Anne MacInnis.

Holy Cow Restaurant, Paul & Esther Runighan, Emmett & Dorothea Ellsworth, Alycia McGuire, Patrick Kelly Inc., G&P Trucking & Construction Ltd., Kennedy Laybolt, Jed MacEwen, Fitzpatrick and Company, Jed Winters, Cathy Myers, Full Throttle Fitness, Bob & Ardyth McGuire.

Rural Municipality of Morell, Brazil’s Holdings Ltd., North Shore Funeral Co-op Ltd., Dr. Maurice A. Coady, Morell Co-op, MacBeth Bros Roofing, Raymond Murphy, Milligan’s Fisheries Ltd., Morell Credit Union Limited, Regan Winters.

Fetch Harbour Dog Spaw, Michael T Foran & Catherine L Keating, MRSB Chartered Professional Accountants, Hillsboro Funeral Home, Kalleigh MacEwen, Jasper Wyman & Son Canada Inc., P.E.I. Mussel King Inc., Maritime Electric, D’arcy McGuire, Jeff McGrath Century 21, Derryl MacDonald, Katie Gallant.

Stephen Fortune, Belvedere Funeral Home, Bruce & Linda Smith. Jacklyn Winters, Ann & Eric MacInnis, Guy & Audrey Robson, Emmett & Lorna McInnis, Irene Gregory, Ann & Garry Doyle, Andrew MacAdam, Heather Winters, Mary Trainor.

Joe & Mary McGuire, Betsy Keenan, Metro Credit Union, Paul and Cathy McGuire, Philip Rooney, Anne and Alan Donohoe, Alan MacAdam, Raeona Lacey, Rural Municipality of Mt. Stewart, Lou and Janet McGuire, Greg Perry, Candace Palumbo, Stanhope & Eileen Moore. 

Ryan & Penny McGuire, Garry and Betty McGuire, Darren McGuire, Sean & Julie McGuire, David McGuire, Nancymarie Arsenault, Ron & Jane McKinney, Atlantic Shellfish Ltd., Bill McGuire, Arash Madani, John and Elizabeth Murphy.

How to donate:

E-transfer payments will be gratefully accepted (on-line or in person at your banking institution) via:

Those donations go directly into the Onion’s Morell Credit Union account which is set up for auto-deposit, meaning that when anyone sends an e-transfer to that email, it will automatically go into the Onion account at Morell CU, without people having to submit a security question. This will make it easier and more convenient for everyone. Donors can email that same address,, with their mailing address so they can receive their full tax deductible receipt from Hospice care.


By cheque payable to:

The Onion (Brian McGuire Memorial Golf Tournament)
c/o Sherry Winters
P.O. Box 196
Morell, P.E.I.
C0A 1S0

For more information, contact Bill McGuire (cell 902-314-4606) or e-mail <

Silver sponsors:

Title sponsors:

Gold sponsors:

Brian McGuire Memorial Golf Tournament

E-transfer donations gratefully accepted at:


The Onion raises $29,400 for hospice, palliative care despite Covid-19 roadblocks
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