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SSO’s 2nd annual golf tournament: A hole in one!

Over 176 golfers gathered at the Emerald Hills Golf Club in Stouffville, Ontario to tee off and raise funds for the 2nd Annual Hole Out For Hope Golf Tournament, in support of the June Howe Memorial Fund and Kit's Krew, benefitting the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO). The event is dedicated to raising funds to support families and individuals affected by schizophrenia and psychosis.  

Organized by Fred Howe and Craig Sindrey with support from SSO, the Hole Out For Hope was a full-day affair, featuring a golf tournament, dinner, wine tasting with live and silent auctions.


Craig Sindrey (left), and Fred Howe

Both Fred and Craig have personal reasons for organizing the Hole Out For Hope. Fred’s mother, June, lived with schizophrenia, and he started the June Howe memorial fund as way to help families and heighten awareness about schizophrenia. Craig’s brother, Mark, currently lives with schizophrenia, and the tournament is his way ensuring more people get the supports they need. Together, Fred and Craig did a tremendous job  uniting families, friends, and supporters  around a common goal. During a brief speech, Fred and Craig thanked everyone who attended for “stepping up”  to support  a cause which they know first-hand is commonly overlooked.

“An event like the Hole Out For Hope reminds us of the importance of community — how our families and friends are our greatest  strength,” said Mary Alberti, SSO’s CEO. “Over the past year, we’ve reached out to over 3000 families across the province to provide support and resources and its events like this that make it possible."  

This year’s tournament was also held in memory of Kit Skelly, who lived with schizophrenia and passed away last year. Kit’s mother, Lesley— who is part of the event committee along with her husband, David — shared the emotional story of her son. She not only recounted the struggles she and David had in finding help for Kit, but also talked about their support for SSO, and the hope SSO gives to families navigating Ontario’s mental health system.    


The Skellys: David Skelly (far left), and Lesley Skelly (second from right) 

This year’s golf tournament was a great success, raising a preliminary unconfirmed total of $66,000, with more still coming in. Also, we'd like to thank all of the wonderful volunteers who came out and helped. We could not have done it without you!

We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2015. A full photo gallery of the event can be found here.   
                        
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Media contact: Alexander Ross, Communications Officer, Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, 416 449 6830 x 257

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people, families and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses. The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is a province-wide charitable organization that was founded in 1979 by Bill and Dorothy Jefferies in an attempt to build awareness about serious mental illnesses and to support families and individuals living with these illnesses.
 
Today, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario provides a range of support services; education initiatives; awareness, information and knowledge building programs; advocacy; youth-oriented programming and a diverse research program with both funded independent studies and in-house research; all geared to breaking down stigma and improving the quality of life for individuals who are living with schizophrenia and psychosis and their families and caregivers.
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