2016 Charity Round Up – Donations of $8,300 to London Children’s Health Foundation and $2,955 to Canadian Cancer Society

It's been a busy past few weeks at the marina for charity events. Brad Thomson, General Manager, held a charity concert on September 4th and also his annual fishing tournament on September 11th, both benefiting the London Children's Health Foundation.  Kyle Kichler also raised over $1,000 for the Children's Health Foundation in his thunder run that took place August 6th.  With all these events and this year's 50/50 draw contest, $8,300 was raised this year for the London Children's Health Foundation.

The marina also pledged to match the first $1,000 in donations that Josh MacDonald, Danny's son, raised from his charity hair cut for the Canadian Cancer Society. Generous marina customers responded and brought forward $1,110 in donations.

First, we have a letter from Brad on his charity events.  Pictures can be found at the bottom of this article.

This past weekend 74 anglers from throughout Ontario competed in the 16th annual MacDonald Turkey Point Marina Charity Bass Tournament benefiting the London Children’s Health Foundation. The winners were Joslyn Leung and son Russell Leung with a total weight of 15.30 pounds with 5 large mouth bass. It was Russell’s first time fishing in the tournament – great job! Darren Jacko and Brad Remington took home the big fish prize with a large mouth bass weighing in at 4.65 lbs. Thank you to all participants in this year’s tournament, the sponsors, the volunteers, and all patrons who purchased 50/50 contest tickets. Thanks also goes to Jason Barnucz for being our weigh-master and to the Hamilton Bassmasters for their generous donation of the scales.

Big thanks to Kyle Kichler for organizing the charity Thunder Run and donating to our charity and thanks to all patrons who joined us Labour Day Sunday to listen to the great local band Route 6. Your donations were greatly appreciated. It’s your generosity that makes our London Children’s Health Foundation charity campaign such a great success. This year’s events raised $8,300. Our 16 year donation total is now $104,342. This will truly help the 1,100 children from Norfolk and Oxford counties who use the hospital each year.

On behalf of the Thomson family and all MacDonald Turkey Point Marina staff, thank you for all your support and we look forward to next year’s events.

Brad Thomson

Secondly, Josh didn't back-out of his promise and donated 8+ inches of hair to the Canadian Cancer Society and raised $1,955 in donations from friends, family and marina customers, plus the marina matched $1,000, bringing the grand total to $2,955 for the 2-week fundraiser. About $1,110 was raised from marina customers alone.

We'd like to thank all of those who donated. The names of the marina dock customers and marina staff that donated towards the $1,110 are as follows:

  • Tom and Laura Bowen (E-row)
  • Bob and Georgette Bridle (Abigail)
  • Lori Hopper (Business Manager)
  • Murray & Violet Kitchen (F-row)
  • BFD Building Centre-Rona - Dale Lahosky (Abigail)
  • Danny and Teresa MacDonald (Owner)
  • Larry and Tracy Renton (C-row)
  • Brad and Julie Thomson (General Manager)
  • Brenda and Stephen Tisdall (Abigail)
  • And about 5 more who donated cash, which we'll be adding to this list shortly

Thanks again!

Josh MacDonald before and after

Josh MacDonald before the haircut and then holding the donated pigtails after.

Pictures from the MacDonald Turkey Point Marina Children's Health Foundation 2016 Bass Tournament.

joslyn and russel leung

First place winners Joslyn Leung and Russell Leung with Danny MacDonald and Brad Thomson.

Darren Jacko and Brad Remington

Big Fish and Third Place team winners Darren Jacko and Brad Remington with Brad Thomson.

Nathan Rotchill and Paul Rotchill

Second Place winners Nathan Rotchill and Paul Rotchill with Jason Barnucz and Brad Thomson.

Darren Jacko and Brad Remington

Big fish winners Darren Jacko (& Brad Remington) with Jason Barnucz and Brad Thomson.


Thanks to everyone involved! We'll see you next spring!

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