Foundation Announces New Event » 2016-Jun-09

On Thursday June 9th 2016 at Vanderwees Home and Garden, George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation along with Lead Sponsor the Rotary Clubs of Thunder Bay were pleased announced a new event, the 1st Annual Joe Vanderwees Memorial Mini Golf Tournament in support of George Jeffrey Children’s Centre. Pictured from left to right, Ken Paulusma, John & Chom Vanderwees, and Laura Vanderwees from Vanderwees Home and Garden along with Rotarians Irene Sottile, Kevin Holloway, Bev Knutson, Clint Kuschak and Mary Anne Comuzzi George Jeffrey Children's Foundation (front) unveil the new sign marking the home of the Joe Vanderwees Memorial Mini Golf Tournament. The funds from this event will focus on supporting and providing expert care by the specialists at George Jeffrey Children’s Centre.

John Vanderwees, owner of Vanderwees Home and Garden says “I am looking forward to hosting this event in memory of my Dad Joe. This charity was near and dear to his heart as well as our families and we are honoured to continue to support it in his memory.”

Irene Sottile, Assistant Governor of the Canadian Rotary Clubs in our district says, “It is very fitting that in our 100th Anniversary of Rotary we are able to honour one of our long time Rotarians and support a vital organization. On behalf of the three Rotary Clubs in Thunder Bay we are proud not only to be the Lead Sponsor for this event but pleased to be able to recognize Joe Vanderwees who was an integral part of Thunder Bay and the Port Arthur Rotary Club.” 

This unique fun filled event is scheduled for Thursday, September 15th 2016 at Vanderwees Home and Garden Mini Golf Course on Mapleward Road. The event opens at 4:00 p.m. with a shotgun start at 5:00 p.m. Mini Golf will be followed by a relaxed dinner, awards, prizes and camaraderie. It will be a fun evening to socialize and experience mini golf while honouring a very special individual and supporting children in our community. Further details on this event to be released soon; watch our website and Facebook page.

Further details on this event to be released soon, watch our website and Facebook page. Sponsorship opportunities and team registration can be confirmed through George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation or by contacting Mary Anne Comuzzi at or 625-6052. 


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