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Richard Ellis Memorial Golf Tournament raises $25,000 for Digby and Area Health Services Charitable Foundation

Oliver Jansen of the Digby and Area Health Services Charitable Foundation accepts a $5000 donation from the Digby Fire Department, chief Robert Morgan.
Oliver Jansen of the Digby and Area Health Services Charitable Foundation accepts a $5000 donation from the Digby Fire Department, chief Robert Morgan. - Amanda Doucette

The fourth annual Richard Ellis Memorial golf tournament raised $25,000 for the Digby and Area Health Services Charitable Foundation.

The foundation was raising money for a portable ultrasound for the Digby ER and because of the donation, the machine has been ordered.

“It makes a big difference when people know that all the money stays here,” said co-organizer of the event, Mike Bartlett.

All the money raised for the foundation stays within Digby County.

The first year of the tournament, they raised $2500. Each year the donations have significantly increased.

This year the tournament hosted a special guest, David Andrews. Andrews is the president and CEO of the American Hockey League.

Andrews is a summer resident of Smith’s Cove.

“Digby feels like home to us,” he said.

David Andrews, president and CEO of the AHL was the guest speaker at the tournament.
David Andrews, president and CEO of the AHL was the guest speaker at the tournament.

Andrews is currently residing in Massachusetts but always enjoys his summers in Digby County.

He played alongside local golfers throughout the tournament and took part in a meet and greet.

Planning for next year’s tournament is already underway. The 2019 tournament will be the fifth anniversary, so organizers are securing five celebrity guests.

“So hopefully we get some more teams lined up next year too,” added Bartlett.

Mike Bartlett presenting the winners of the tournaments silent auction.
Mike Bartlett presenting the winners of the tournaments silent auction.

The tournament would not be possible without the help of locals.

“We want to say a big thank you to the businesses, volunteers, the Pines and the individuals who participated,” said co-organizer Kevin Ellis.

Richard Ellis, Kevin’s father, was the owner of many businesses in the area, including Ellis GM for 35 years.

He was involved in many aspects of the community as a volunteer and contributor.

Richard Ellis serviced on the Digby General Hospital Board for 18 years, Vice-Chair of growth opportunities and was a member of King Solomon Lodge #54.

Conway Shell won the tournament, David Andrews (right) presented them with the tournament trophy.
Conway Shell won the tournament, David Andrews (right) presented them with the tournament trophy.

Winners of the tournament:

Conway Shell, Digby Fire Department and Clare Dodge.

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