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Mayors' Charity Golf Classic Raises $155,000

The premier golf event in Durham Region returned on September 15 and a full field of community and business leaders played in support of a new program at their community hospital, The Shoulder Centre at Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital.award

Event co-chairs, Jim Witty and Vic Sgro, were proud to announce this year’s event was a huge success with a full list of sponsors and Jerry Coughlan on board as the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Mayors’ Charity Golf Classic! The tournament is now in its 21st year and has raised nearly $3 million for Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital. This year's event raised over $155,000!

The Classic is also an opportunity for the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation to announce the recipient of the Howard Sokolowski Award, presented annually to an individual who has shown great dedication to healthcare in the community. A closely guarded secret, the announcement is made during the evening dinner portion of the event and this year’s recipient is John DiCesare, of Ajax. A member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, he is a dedicated volunteer and has brought financial support to the hospital through his business and partnerships over the years.
“A regular at many Foundation events, John is quite often at the centre of all of the fun. An outstanding businessperson and champion for his community and hospital, he has made a mark on many of our special events in the past several years,” said Chad Hanna, President & CEO of RVHSF, in presenting the award. “In his professional life he has grown his business substantially and is well-respected for what he provides to his clients. As a result, he has built a thriving financial services business over the past two decades.”

Along with a day of golf on one of the finest courses in Durham Region, participants enjoyed dinner, a live auction and a presentation from Dr. Stephen Gallay of The Shoulder Centre, on how the funds will be used to advance care at Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital. Proceeds from the tournament will be used toward purchasing a 4K Tower for The Shoulder Centre at Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital.

tower“Basically, (the tower is) the centre of the OR universe. It has a light source, cameras and a hi-res monitor so that we can clearly see what we’re doing,” explained Dr. Gallay. “Plus, this tower will allow us to record your surgery, and then share the video with you online with voice notes about specific care instructions.”

Rouge Valley’s own orthopaedic surgeons have designed The Shoulder Centre to transform the way shoulder pain is treated, using innovation and technology to redefine and shorten the patient journey like no other hospital in the country. Whether the treatment is a cortisone injection performed by the sports medicine physician, a custom exercise program crafted by the physiotherapist or surgery booked with the orthopaedic surgeon, the patient will not have to wait to receive the best care from the most suitable shoulder expert, and will become pain free quicker.

To learn more about the program, visit To see all of the pictures from the day, visit our Flickr galleries.