From left to right : Lynne Dupuis, James Hughes (Old Brewery Mission), Michael Fitzgerald (Executive Director of The Tenaquip Foundation), Jim Wilson, Paula Shannon, Diane Drury, John Castellarin and James Ross (members of the organizing committee)
Photo credit : Mélissa Vincelli
Montreal, August 9, 2023 – On August 7, 2023, the 20th edition of the Ken Reed Golf Tournament, sponsored by The Tenaquip Foundation, raised $275,468 for the Old Brewery Mission. The funds will support the Mission’s work with people experiencing homelessness in Montreal.
The rain didn’t stop the 114 players from gathering at the Beaconsfield Golf Club to enjoy a day on the green and support a good cause at the same time. The proceeds will be used to maintain and improve the Old Brewery Mission’s services, including rehousing services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The Mission offers a range of programs that assist residents through the process of finding suitable housing and then provide counseling to help them achieve long-term residential stability.
“The Ken Reed Golf Tournament is a signature event for the Old Brewery Mission,” says James Hughes, President and CEO of the Old Brewery Mission. “The funds raised allow us to make a real difference in the lives of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Every year, the Montreal community answers our call, and we’re so grateful.”
Paula Shannon, President of the Ken Reed Golf Tournament Organizing Committee, is proud to support the Old Brewery Mission and its cause: “The Old Brewery Mission continues to evolve its services to adapt to the current portrait of homelessness. By developing its offer of rental housing adapted to the needs of its clientele, the Old Brewery Mission is providing innovative and sustainable solutions to the issues of homelessness in Montreal. We must collectively work together to support this cause.”
The Ken Reed Golf Tournament would not be possible without the invaluable contribution of The Tenaquip Foundation, which has been actively supporting the Old Brewery Mission for over 17 years. In 2006, the OBM golf tournament was renamed the “Ken Reed Golf Tournament” and has become an annual event, with the huge support and backing of The Tenaquip Foundation. Thanks in part to their generosity, the Old Brewery Mission’s upcoming project, the Tenaquip Place, will open in 2024.
“In 2002, The Tenaquip Foundation made a decision to get more involved with the Old Brewery Mission and its goal of ending homelessness. The Foundation purchased a parcel of land in Lachine, and with the guidance of James Hughes and his team we are a year away from opening the Tenaquip Place, an 18-room housing unit ready to house individuals that are ready to transition out of homelessness. Ken Reed, our founder, was an important ally of the Old Brewery Mission even prior to him establishing The Tenaquip Foundation. We are very proud to be able to make this project a reality, of which he would have been a great supporter,” says Michael Fitzgerald, Executive Director of The Tenaquip Foundation.
The Old Brewery Mission also wishes to thank its partners in the 20th Ken Reed Golf Tournament: Forest, Anbec Construction, Pipe & Piling Supplies Ltd., Square Phillips Hotel & Suites, and Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon. Special thanks to the organizing committee: John Castellarin, Diane Drury, Lynne Dupuis, James S. Ross, Paula Shannon and Jim Wilson, as well as all the volunteers who were at the event.
Since 2004, the Old Brewery Mission Golf Tournament has raised over $4 million to fund services that meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness in Montreal.