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Urban Angel Golf tournament raises more than $1 million for 13th straight year

Toronto, July 18, 2019

By Jennifer Stranges

Mike Thompson, John Manning, Lili Litwin, and Tim Rutledge
(from left) Mike Thompson and John Manning (event co-chairs), Lili Litwin (president, St. Michael’s Foundation) and Tim Rutledge (president and CEO, St. Michael's).

The 32nd annual St. Michael’s Urban Angel Golf Classic presented by Middlefield Group has raised more than $1-million net for the 13th year in a row.

Held at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham on July 17, the tournament has grown to become one of the biggest one-day charity golf events in Canada and one of the country’s longest-running hospital fundraisers.

There were 288 golfers participating in this year’s tournament, which was MC'd by Crystal Goomansingh, a Global News anchor and reporter.

“For 13 years the Urban Angel Golf Classic has united our donors on the golf course, and we are very proud that this event has grown into one of the biggest one-day charity golf events in Canada,” said Dr. Tim Rutledge, president and CEO of Unity Health Toronto. “We’re incredibly grateful to all of today’s volunteers and participants. Their generosity helps St. Michael’s Hospital to continue to provide exceptional care and invest in innovative research that improves care for patients here at St. Michael’s and around the world.”

PGA Tour Canada was a big supporter of the event again this year. Four professional golfers – Sebastian Szirmak, Russell Budd, Daniel Kim of the PGA and Jennifer Ha of Team RBC – offered tips and showcased their talent on various holes.

The first Urban Angel Golf Classic was organized by St. Michael’s Engineering Department in 1987 and raised $17,000. Over the years, the event has matured thanks to the continued commitment of volunteers and donors.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in more than 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

About Unity Health Toronto

Unity Health Toronto, comprised of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital, works to advance the health of everyone in our urban communities and beyond. Our health network serves patients, residents and clients across the full spectrum of care, spanning primary care, secondary community care, tertiary and quaternary care services to post-acute through rehabilitation, palliative care and long-term care, while investing in world-class research and education. For more information, visit www.unityhealth.to.


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