YARMOUTH (June 14, 2005) – Jody Shelley, one of the top tough guys in the National Hockey League, is showing his kinder, charitable side by partnering with the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation to raise money for its MRI Campaign.
Mr. Shelley will drop his gloves and pick up his clubs on July 8 for the first annual Jody Shelley Golf Fore Health event at the West Pubnico Golf and Country Club.
“Any time you’re in a position to help your community it’s exciting,” says Mr. Shelley. “I am really looking forward to being back in Yarmouth County and being involved with this great event.”
The Thompson, Man. native played his minor hockey in Yarmouth before moving on to captain the Halifax Mooseheads. He is now one of the leading enforcers in the NHL as a forward with the Columbus Blue Jackets. While he amasses penalty minutes on the ice, Mr. Shelley has become known for his charitable efforts off the ice.
“We are extremely pleased to report that we are partnering this tournament with Jody Shelley, star forward of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets,” said Tournament Chairman Dr. Alderic Legere.
The foundation hopes to raise $25,000 toward the MRI Campaign through the tournament and has secured a Presenting Sponsor in Tri-Star Industries Limited.
“Tri-Star is pleased to be on board as lead sponsor for the upcoming Jody Shelley’s Golf Fore Health event,” says Keith Condon, President and CEO of Tri-Star Industries. “We recognize and appreciate the efforts put forth by the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation and Mr. Shelley and are happy to support the drive for a new MRI.”
L.G. Trask Insurance, Cook’s Dairy Farm Limited, AGFA, register.com, Tim Hortons,
Maricor, Subway, and Yarmouth Forklift have also come on board as sponsors of the event.
“It is fantastic to see so many members of the business community coming together in support of what will undoubtedly be a fun and successful event,” says Mr. Condon.
Both Seafoods Unlimited and Comeau Seafoods are supplying seafood for a dinner and reception tied to the event.
The tournament will be a 132-player shotgun team scramble format and there is already a waiting list. Anyone wishing to sign up on the list in hopes of a cancellation may contact the Foundation office at 749-1699.
Another way to get involved in the event is as a volunteer.
“We may have a waiting list, but we are in need of some volunteers for the tournament,” says Paulette Sweeney-Goodwin, Managing Director of the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation.
Anyone interested in being a volunteer can contact Ms. Sweeney-Goodwin at the Foundation office.
To date, the MRI Campaign has raised over $530,000 toward its goal of $750,000.