The 21st annual Canadian auto industry golf tournament will take on a new name this year: The Canadian Black Book Kathy Ward Memorial Golf Tournament.
The event, hosted by CBB, is meant to honour the company’s former CEO who passed away in December 2017 after losing a multi-year battle with cancer.
“Kathy loved to golf and mingle. This was her favourite day of the year. She was so happy to support the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation each year,” said Harm DeJonge, Ward’s husband. “William and I are touched by this gesture, one that I know Kathy would love, to have Canadian Black Book honour her in such a meaningful and appropriate way,” he added.
Ward introduced the company’s annual golf tournament in 1997 to support the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. It was one of her many accomplishments in life and at CBB. The family was so touched by the renaming of the event that DeJonge offered to match any donations made in Ward’s memory (up to $50,000) until the end of the 2018 tournament.
“Harm and the family have been through so much lately. For him to step up like this just adds to Kathy’s legacy, I can feel her smiling and being proud,” said Brad Rome, President at Canadian Black Book. “Making the cheque presentation to the Foundation this year, along with Harm, will be a proud moment, knowing the amount of money will surely make a meaningful difference to a lot of kids, and that would make Kathy happy.”
This year’s Canadian Black Book Kathy Ward Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on September 10th at the Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont.