GAO Team Niagara

Team Niagara hosts community during successful fundraiser

NIAGARA FALLS— It turned out to be a very successful evening on Feb. 27, for Team Niagara, one of the Golf Association of Ontario’s (GAO) five regional under-17 teams, as they hosted a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to raise funds for their upcoming training trip.

The team was able to bring in more than 300 members of the community through tickets sales to the event that took place at the Niagara Falls Hilton. The evening managed to raise close to $6,000 for the team to use towards a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, during March Break, March 16-20.

Vince Dicosimo, owner of the Niagara Falls Hilton and father of Vincent, one of the members on the team, donated the room and food, along with the staff for the event.

The evening was a total team effort as in addition to selling the tickets, each of the players’ families brought a desert and members of the team even served up the meal.

Team Niagara Coach John White expressed his appreciation for his team and their families’ efforts. “I am so proud to be a part of Team Niagara! The fundraiser was a huge success, mostly due to the players and their families. The players sold more than 300 tickets and gathered many prizes. They worked very hard at the event. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of Joy and Vince Dicosimo from the Niagara Falls’ Hilton who donated the room and food and all the staff. The hotel is beautiful and the venue was fantastic. I also appreciate that Mary Ann Hayward and Mike Kelly of the GAO took the time to attend the event. Also, thanks to my friend Ken Tarling who spoke to the players with advice from a world class player.”

“It’s hard to put into words how proud the GAO is, that this community rallied around these great kids to support them in achieving their golfing dreams,” said Mike Kelly, GAO Managing Director Sport. “From parents to grandparents to local businesses and politicians, these Niagara residents took on this initiative themselves illustrating that they all play for Team Niagara.”