First annual ‘Clara’s Cup’ generates $17,000 for charity

METCALFE – Lifelong Osgoode area resident Clara Quinn always lived life on the move.

Whether it was donating her time to various community organizations, staying active playing golf or organizing a golf tournament, Quinn was a prominent and beloved member of the community.

Pictured are Alison (left), Steve and Greg Quinn, who took part in the first annual Clara’s Cup golf tournament in support of ALS at the Metcalfe Golf and Country Club on Sat., July 22.

“She always helped whoever needed it,” said sister Marianne Simms. “She was a leader, not so much a follower.”

But when Quinn lost her battle to ALS in January 2016 after only being diagnosed in August 2015, it was her friends and family who took charge in order to honour her memory by raising both money and awareness for the debilitating, neurodegenerative disease.

And what better way to honour the golf enthusiast than hosting a community golf tournament and silent auction in her name and donating 100 per cent of the funds to ALS Canada to help make ALS a treatable and not terminal disease.

“She was a big sports fan,” said Colleen McEvoy, who was one of the organizers of the event. “She played ball in Osgoode for years and they’ve lived in the Osgoode community their whole lives, so it’s a lot of people they have played with.”

Taking place on Fri., July 21 at the Metcalfe Golf and Country Club, the first annual Clara’s Cup tournament had 216 participants out on the green and an additional 40 in attendance for the post-tournament dinner, some of which traveled from as far as Toronto and Winnipeg to attend.

“Almost everyone here had a connection to Clara and Steve in some way,” said relative Carina Quinn.

While the idea to host a golf tournament fundraiser had been in people’s minds for some time, the planning officially began in January upon the one-year anniversary of Quinn’s death. It was then that a committee made up of five people rallied together after realizing the necessity for money and awareness for the cause.

“Just the need for ALS money for research and their loaning equipment covered is so great, we felt we needed to do something and this was a way we could raise some funds,” said McEvoy.

The event, which raised $17,000 for ALS Canada, received enormous support from the community, garnering more than 60 community sponsors and 70 items donated to the silent auction.

“We had such wonderful community support from both golfers, participants and businesses that have donated. It’s been amazing,” said McEvoy. “Just the response has been overwhelming. It’s very humbling.”