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Brian McGuire Memorial Golf Tournament

2020 ONION GOLF TOURNAMENTCANCELLED BY COVID-19 PANDEMIC

We will be back in 2021!  

 May 2020

Re: The Onion (Brian McGuire Memorial Golf Tournament)

To: All  Onion supporters — sponsors, hosting partners, golfers, donors, volunteers and friends
 

Hello:


It is with regret that the Onion host committee announces that the 12th annual edition of the Brian McGuire Memorial Golf Tournament is postponed this year.

This announcement should come as no surprise because of the major negative impact from the Covid-19 pandemic being felt across this province since early March. Due to numerous factors beyond our control, it is impossible to hold the tournament in 2020.

We want to share with our Onion friends some background on our decision, thank them for their support in the past, and encourage them to continue supporting the Onion’s charitable recipients (hospice and palliative care) this year. And to prepare for the Onion’s return in 2021.

As of mid-May, Island golf courses cannot hold tournaments; the chief health officer has measures in place to limit large gatherings of people well into late August; Rodd Crowbush Resort remains closed for regular business operations; non-essential travel restrictions remain in place; and many P.E.I. businesses which  support the Onion were forced to close, lay off staff or see their sales and production figures plummet.

We had no option but to suspend our tournament this year, scheduled for Saturday, August 8th at Crowbush.

We know the decision to cancel comes as a great disappointment for our friends at hospice and palliative care who need funding support more than ever this year. Hospice recently expanded its services into long term care facilities, and has purchased tablets so residents, and at-home palliative clients, can do face-time visiting with their loved ones.

The opportunity remains for Onion sponsors, supporters, donors, businesses, volunteers and golfers etc. — if they wish, or are able — to donate through e-transfer that will lessen the funding losses for hospice and palliative care.

We all want the Onion to continue and that can still happen this year with your co-operation and support. Donations can be made via e-transfer at theoniongolf@gmail.com

All donations by individuals or companies will receive a tax receipt for 100 per cent of their gift. In past years, the entry fee paid by golfers or sponsoring companies didn’t qualify for tax receipts because the Canada Revenue Agency deemed that golfers got equal return for their entry fee in terms of golf, banquet and prizes. With no golf or banquet, all monetary donations this year will receive a tax receipt for the full amount.

The 12th annual Onion will return on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Crowbush. Next year, the Onion could reach the $500,000 milestone for our two charitable recipients. Over the past 11 years, the tournament has raised approximately $415,000, after hitting the $59,000 mark last year. If we can count on the continued support from Onion patrons this year, there is no reason we can’t reach that  half a million dollar total in 2021.

Our two title sponsors — P.E.I. Mussel King and Atlantic Shellfish at Red Head Harbour in Morell — have declared they are back to support the Onion in whatever format it should take. Even though both companies sustained severe losses in seafood sales, Esther and Jacob Dockendorff and their families never considered withdrawing or reducing their sponsorship. We thank them for their support in the past, this year and in the future.

It’s heartwarming to see that community support is still alive and well in these challenging times when the needs are great, and resources are pushed to the limit.

Our two hosting partners — the Links at Crowbush Cove and Rodd Crowbush Resort — have expressed a willingness to help out in whatever way they can in these uncertain times. We thank Ryan Garrett (P.E.I.’s Finest Golf) and Craig Jones (Rodd Crowbush) for their support over the past years and look forward to their future help and co-operation.

We did hold a raffle in early February on a quilt donated by Linda Runighan (Brian’s sister-in-law), which raised over $2,700. With support from our sponsors and others, the committee has set a fundraising goal of $25,000 this year. Already we have heard from a number of golfers and sponsors who say they intend to continue donating their regular Onion entry fee or sponsorship in 2020.

We realize many businesses and individuals are facing tough times — but whatever you can donate in support of the Onion and hospice/palliative care is much appreciated.

We continue to place our trust in the generosity and resilience of Islanders. Stay healthy and stay safe.

 
Sincerely,

The Onion Host Committee.

 
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E-transfer payments will be gratefully accepted via: theoniongolf@gmail.com

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, theoniongolf@gmail.com, with their mailing address so they can receive their full tax deductible receipt from Hospice care.