On June 26, along with my husband Emile and our sons Michael and Ian Marquette, I flew to Toronto. We were picked up and hosted graciously by Wendel Clark, ambassador to the Toronto Maple Leafs, for an exciting all-expense-paid weekend stay. This generous prize package was donated by Clark to the new Kelvington and District Health Care Lottery Foundation, which made its draws during the fundraising event on June 7.
This prize included, for four:
• two rounds of golf with Clark at two luxurious courses.
• personal tours of his farm, Air Canada Centre and one of his four Meineke garages.
• seats in the VIP section at the Toronto Maple Leaf draft party.
• introductions to Darryl Sittler and Joffrey Lupul, past and present Toronto hockey stars.
• a two-night stay at Wendel and Denise Clarks’ cottage on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka, Ont.
We were warmly welcomed and royally treated by Wendel, Denise, their children, friends and acquaintances. This prize package had been awarded to the second-place winner, but we soon realized we scored a win that was priceless. In his relaxed and humble style, Wendel went far beyond what was required in order to give us an experience of a lifetime.
When asked why he would donate such a prize package, he replied that a hospital is the heart of the community and if you lose your hospital, it’s the beginning of the end.
We are very pleased that Wendel Clark, an international celebrity, continues to care about the community where he was raised.