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Eastway Collision donates $10,000 to Jason Blaine Celebrity Charity Golf Classic

By Ryan Paulsen, The Daily Observer

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer

Once again, Canadian country music star Jason Blaine will return to his hometown to host a night of great music at the PMC, followed the next day, June 17, by a charity golf tournament at the Pembroke Shores Golf Club. And once again, Eastway Collision will be the tournament's title sponsor, kicking in $10,000 in support of the tournament. The donation was presented to members of the tournament's organizing committee on Friday, April 17 ahead of game four of the CCHL finals between the Lumber Kings and the Carleton Place Canadians. From left: Eastway director of marketing and promotions Tanya Tompkins (with young son Liam), Colleen Bedard, Eastway president Dan Bedard, Jason Blaine Cheritable Fund committee members Marianne Minns and Tracy McBride, and Brian Burton of Star 96 FM.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer Once again, Canadian country music star Jason Blaine will return to his hometown to host a night of great music at the PMC, followed the next day, June 17, by a charity golf tournament at the Pembroke Shores Golf Club. And once again, Eastway Collision will be the tournament's title sponsor, kicking in $10,000 in support of the tournament. The donation was presented to members of the tournament's organizing committee on Friday, April 17 ahead of game four of the CCHL finals between the Lumber Kings and the Carleton Place Canadians. From left: Eastway director of marketing and promotions Tanya Tompkins (with young son Liam), Colleen Bedard, Eastway president Dan Bedard, Jason Blaine Cheritable Fund committee members Marianne Minns and Tracy McBride, and Brian Burton of Star 96 FM.

For the second year in a row, Eastway Collision stepped up with a massive donation to the Jason Blaine Celebrity Charity Golf Classic worth $10,000.

The title sponsor presented a cheque to Jason Blaine Charitable Fund committee members Marianne Minns and Tracy McBride ahead of game four between the Pembroke Lumber Kings and the Carleton Place Canadians on Friday evening at the Pembroke Memorial Centre.

"We couldn't do it without them," says Minns simply.

For his part, Eastway president Dan Bedard looks at the donation as a chance to give back to the community.

"Pembroke has been really good to Eastway Collision," he told The Daily Observer following the presentation and ceremonial puck drop, "so it's great to have the chance to give something back."

If last year's event is anything to go on, the donation is definitely helping a cause that can make an impact on the community.

The 2014 incarnation of the two-part fundraiser netted more than $50,000 between a concert at the Pembroke Memorial Centre and the golf tournament the following day.

This year's event will follow the same pattern, with musical stars Chad Brownlee and Western Swing Authority joining Blaine on stage at the PMC on Tuesday, June 16 starting at 7 p.m. and the golf tournament on Wednesday, June 17 at the Pembroke Shores Golf Club. This year, for early risers, the tournament is offering an extra, early "nine at nine" special: nine holes, starting at 9 a.m. The tournament proper will be a full 18 holes with a shotgun start at 12:30.

For more information, visit www.jasonblaine.ca/golf.

ryan.paulsen@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @PRyanPaulsen.


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