History

Josh Mack

Josh Mack

The Josh Mack Memorial Golf Tournament was started in 2008 after a tragic accident in Port Colborne, Ontario. Josh’s closest friends wanted a way to remember him and have a way to get everyone together once a year to reminisce and tell stories we all have. Josh was all about giving, so we decided the best way to get everyone together and give back would be a charity golf tournament.

Proceeds go to a graduating student/hockey player at Lakeshore Catholic High School. We have formed a scholarship in Josh’s name which will be distributed at the end of the hockey season to a giving dedicated young adult. New this year, we have also partnered with the Buffalo Sabres to offer underprivileged children the opportunity to experience a Sabres game! A portion of the money raised will go to support this great cause as well.

Timeline

Year 1: Greater Fort Erie Minor Hockey receives $2,680.00 to benefit underprivileged (but not necessarily under skilled) children who can’t financially afford to the play the game of hockey Josh was so passionate about.

Year 2 and 3: Accumulated funds of $2,000 while the Josh Mack Memorial Scholarship was being developed before finalizing the details and issuing the 1st ever Josh Mack Memorial Scholarship to a graduate of Lakeshore Catholic High School in the amount of $1500.00 – Presented at the 2011 graduation celebration to a deserving graduate.

Year 4: Managed to raise just over $3,000 with $2500.00 to be presented to graduate(s) at the 2012 graduation ceremony.

Year 5: Managed to raise just over $3,300 with $1,500 to be presented to a graduate(s) at the 2013 Lakeshore Catholic graduation ceremony. Partnership with the Buffalo Sabres to offer underprivileged children the opportunity to experience a Sabres game — $1,300 donated to this great cause. Former NHLer Marcel Dionne attended the event.

Year 6: Managed to raise just over $3,200 – with $1500 to be presented to a graduate at the 2014 Lakeshore Catholic graduation ceremony, $500 to be donated to assist with the purchase and engraving of a permanent Memorial Bench along the canal, and remaining $700 combined with the $1300 from Year 5 has been used to send 13 needy kids and their Big through Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara to the “Ultimate Josh Mack Experience” at a Buffalo Sabres game — Dinner at Old Bank Bistro, Parking, Tickets, and special rope line access to get up close and personal with the players!

Year 7: Managed to raise just over $3,300 – with $1500 to be presented to a graduate at the 2015 Lakeshore Catholic graduation ceremony. Remaining funds used to send 7 needy kids and their Big through Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara to the “Ultimate Josh Mack Experience” at a Buffalo Sabres game – Dinner at Old Bank Bistro, Parking, Tickets, and special rope line access to get up close and personal with the players!

Total over the 7 years almost almost $18,000!

*Financial note: each year the Josh Mack Memorial Golf Tournament starts with $500 for operational costs and is included in the total funds raised each year, all funds are fiscally recorded and tracked by the Josh Mack Memorial Golf Tournament group.

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