The HGCC Foundation


The Hamilton Golf & Country Club Foundation continues the tradition of giving in 2018

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Giving back to the community where we live, work and play.

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The HGCC Foundation aspires to be an outstanding philanthropic organization serving the Hamilton community. A non-profit registered charity, it carries out a variety of annual fundraising activities. Following well-established criteria, the proceeds from these events are distributed to local charitable organizations which support people in need.

Connection with local charities continues to change lives

In 2018 the HGCC Foundation will continue its tradition of giving as it strengthens its local community charity partnerships and expands its reach and connection within the City of Hamilton and surrounding areas.

Since making its first disbursements in 2013, the HGCC Foundation has distributed more than $1.1 million to local charities over the past five years including a total of $233,735 in 2017.

“While the club has a wonderful tradition of supporting community organizations and charities for nearly 50 years through the Borthwick Memorial Golf Tournament, the HGCC Foundation has allowed the club to reach further into our community to support more people, especially children and families who are in need,” says Brian Short, HGCC Foundation President.

“Our members truly embrace the opportunity to connect with local charities because we believe as a community ourselves that we can help foster positive changes through kindness, compassion and generosity,” Short added. “It allows up to help build a stronger and more caring community.”

The HGCC Foundation Board of Directors operates at arms length from the club’s Board of Directors. Foundation Board members include; Foundation President; Brian Short, Foundation Vice-President; Al Scott, Nancy Fram, Ward Campbell and Chris Bellefeuille.

For 2018, Club Past-President, Scott Shannon and Club Vice-President, Sean McDonough will be the liaisons from the Board of Directors and GM/COO, Peter Holt and Club President, Chris Hamel will be ex-officio members. The composition of the HGCC Foundation Board will be updated in the spring of 2018.

Funding for the Foundation comes primarily from two charity golf tournaments. In 2018, the foundation will present both the 48th Borthwick Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by Turkstra Lumber on Monday, September 10 and the 15th Golf for a Cause Golf Tournament sponsored by ONE for Freight – David Carruth on Tuesday, July 31. Other events may be added in the future.

The HGCC Foundation will support six primary (key) charities partners in 2018 including; Ancaster Community Services, Rygiel Supports for Community Living, McMaster Children's Hospital Foundation – The Pediatric Palliative Care Project, De Mazenod Door Outreach that were supported in 2017. Two new charity partners announced in May 2018 include The Hamilton Community Food Centre, a program of the Neighbour 2 Neighbour Centre and the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton. Funding for our primary (key) charity partners traditionally lasts for a three-year period and then different charities are chosen to take their place.

For more information about the two new primary charity partners for 2018 please CLICK HERE to read the announcement.

The HGCC Foundation also supported several local charities with one-time grants in 2017 including; St. Joe’s Youth Wellness Centre, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington Promise Scholarships and CAS Hamilton Crown Ward Bursaries. It will look to continue this process in 2018.

A new initiative spearheaded by the HGCC Foundation in 2018 is the introduction of the “Golf for Three” certificate program for use by local charities for silent/live auctions. This new opportunity will allow the club to assist and support other local charities that work diligently to improve the lives of individuals and families living in our community.

Members have until May 1, 2018 to submit a donation request on behalf of a registered charity. All requests will be reviewed, and five submissions will be selected for 2018 by June 1.

For more information about the “Golf for Three” certificate program CLICK HERE.


Ancaster Community Services (ACS) is a community-based agency providing many supportive programs to assist those in need in our growing community. We provide food assistance, transportation programs, counseling, information and referral services, youth programs and volunteer engagement opportunities -

Rygiel Supports for Community Living is in its 50th year of serving children and adults who have a developmental disability and most of them also live with multiple physical disabilities. Its mandate is to provide residential support, thereby, providing the person with a home and support for all aspects of daily living -

McMaster Children's Hospital Foundation – The Pediatric Palliative Care Project. McMaster Children’ Hospital is the specialized pediatric hospital for the 600,000 children in south central Ontario. The promise of our interdisciplinary Palliative Care team is to provide the best quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families -

De Mazenod Door Outreach program strives to feed hungry families, marginalized adults and inner-city youth who struggle daily with many faces of poverty. This compassionate, non-profit ministry also works with established social agencies to help those who need assistance with clothing, housing, medical support and counselling -

The Hamilton Community Food Centre (HCFC), a program of the Neighbour 2 Neighbour Centre, is a welcoming and safe community space offering food-based programs that bring everyone together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food -

The Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton provides support to persons with dementia and their caregivers.  It focuses its programs and services around three pillars of service:  dementia education, support and counselling services and wellness activities -

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