Inaugural MM27 Celebrity Charity Classic raises over $18,000 for mental health resources

Photo by Gar Fitzgerald

The inaugural McFadden’s Movement Celebrity Charity Classic presented by Skyjack, held on Monday, July 26, raised $18,194.82 for mental health resources.

A sold out tournament, originally scheduled for July 27, 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19, was two years in the making, serving as a welcomed reunion at Guelph’s Cutten Fields for many.

With the celebrity style format and an incredible outpouring of support, a variety of former Guelph Storm teammates and professional-level players spanning generations came out to get behind the cause, including: Isaac Ratcliffe, Nate Schnarr, Cam Hillis, Jason Dickinson, Matt Finn, Scott Kosmachuk, Brock McGinn, Nick Suzuki, Liam Hawel, Anthony Popovich, Barret Kirwin, Justin Nichols, MacKenzie Entwistle, Cedric Ralph, Nico Daws, Sean Durzi, Givani Smith, Marko Sikic, Mark Woolley, Andrew Long, Brian Willsie, Kent McDonell, Chris Hajt, Ben Jones, Owen Lalonde, Matt Hotchkiss, Jack Hanley, Zach Poirier, Ryan Foss, TJ Fergus, Cristiano DiGiacinto, Maurizio Colella, Bryce McFadden, Ryker Killins, Ethan Skinner, Luca Caputi, and George Burnett.

Made possible by a number of generous sponsors, the Movement extends the utmost gratitude to:

  • Skyjack, Ken McDougall, and the incredible team who have supported MM27 since the very beginning,
  • Sleeman, Nick Porcellato, and the staff who came out to be a great addition to the event,
  • the Guelph Storm and its staff for always standing behind the Movement in every way,
  • the Pursuit Athletic Centre, Adam Martin, and Wayne Burke for making it a priority to be involved whenever they can,
  • AJDL Development Group and Andrew Long for reaching out with generous support,
  • Spring Mill Distillery for spending the day with MM27 only to follow it up as great hosts,
  • Wellington Motors and Mike Sharpe for the unwavering commitment,
  • SERVPRO of Guelph and Keith Macleod for always coming forward to support the cause,
  • Core Seven Coaching and Kelly Smales for being a gracious partner in every way,
  • Bigelow Flooring and Michael Chumbley for being a great new partner,
  • B & W Appliances for always supporting the Movement,
  • MyDrugTest.ca for jumping on board,
  • Ward 1 Studios, Alex Vander Vlugt, Garrett Smith, and the rest of the team for their willingness to bring their creativity and talent to the tournament,
  • Tim Hortons (the Kahro family – 304 Stone Road, 158 Clair Road, and 987 Gordon Street, Guelph) for offering support without hesitation,
  • and to all who brought in-kind gifts for the Silent Auction.

“Some of you might know that I’ve been a big supporter of MM27 since the very beginning of the Movement in 2016. I’ve been fortunate that through my leadership at Skyjack, I met many like-minded colleagues who believe in McFadden’s Movement’s purpose to support mental health,” Ken McDougall, President of Skyjack, shared at the event. “Together, we’re honoured to contribute to this very important cause. There’s never been a more important time to address mental health.”

The winning foursome – a team of Nate Schnarr, Ben Schnarr, Ben Jones, and Bill Deley – took home Axel Watches donated by Mike Parson at IG Wealth Management.

The Booster Juice team, including Justin Hendrikx, Joel Willis, Bill Greenwood, and Liam Hawel, placed second, winning a prize pack donated by Ainsdale Golf Course.

Third place went to Ryan Foss, TJ Fergus, Maurizio Colella, and Cristiano DiGiacinto, earning a prize pack donated by AJDL Development Group.

Ben Schnarr added to his winnings for the day with a prize pack from Pursuit Athletic Centre for the longest drive.

“We can’t thank everyone who came out, sponsored, and volunteered at the inaugural MM27 Celebrity Classic enough,” Garrett McFadden, founder of MM27, said. “It was great to get out on the course with a ton of old and current teammates and friends. Without all of the help and commitment to putting this event on, it wouldn’t have been possible. We are already looking forward to seeing everyone again next year.”

The Movement would also like to thank the volunteers who generously gave their time to make the event possible and to the entire staff at Cutten Fields for their expertise and support that never faltered.

Check out all the photos – courtesy of Gar Fitzgerald – from the day at the McFadden’s Movement Facebook page by clicking here.


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