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Fundraiser Hits $1 Million In 25 Years.

Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

The Longest Day of Golf wraps up and this could be the last year.

Walkerton’s Longest Day of Golf has hit the one million dollar mark!  

The milestone is no small feat considering its humble beginnings.

25 years ago, four friends teed off and played 120 holes raising three thousand dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Founder and Organizer Joe Rys calls it amazing how this friendly game of golf between friends grew into a huge community festival.

Now that the 1 million dollar goal has been reached, Rys says it is time for him and the rest of the Longest Day of Golf Committee to retire.

Rys says there is so much to celebrate and commemorate over the last quarter of century.

Since 2000, the Longest Day of Golf began having honorary chairs, of the 71 honorary chairs, 26 have passed on.

Rys says we hold them in our hearts and prayers and remember their story.

One story that will not soon be forgotten is Melissa Noonan, one of the Longest Day of Golf’s first honorary chairs.

She was a child at the time of her title as honorary chair and this summer she will walk down the aisle and become a bride.

Rys credits his wife Dianne, fellow committee members, as well as all of the volunteers, community sponsors and golfers over the years for making Longest Day of Golf the success it is.

Rys says he is now ready to pass the torch on to anyone else willing to take on the responsibility.

If the Longest Day of Golf ends this year, it will end of a very high note.

The million dollar mark says Rys is not bad for a town of just 5 thousand people.

He says Cancer will be beaten one stroke at a time - let’s all keep swinging.

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