Assured Automotive scores again for charity

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Though the day started with tee shots and pars, it became more than just another day on the golf course yesterday as Assured Automotive held its 6th annual charity golf tournament at Royal Woodbine Golf Club in Toronto.

In support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation, the tournament was again a well-attended affair. Players came from dealerships, insurance companies, finance firms, daily rental operations and the body shop world to support the cause.

“This offers us at Assured a great opportunity to thank all of our business partners for the support every year,” Assured Automotive president and COO Tony Canade told the crowd. “The success of our organization would not be possible without all of your support.”

Michael Pinball Clemons addressed the group of golfers following dinner, holding the rapt attention of the room, no microphone needed. He noted that their decision to play in this golf tournament meant more than just another day out of the office with friends.

“You made a decision today to go out and play some golf. What you may not know is that your decision will change someone’s life,” Clemons said.

The Clemons Foundation supports a variety of initiatives including Free the Children, Habitat for Humanity, Sky’s the Limit and various scholarship and mentorship programs in the Greater Toronto Area.

“This tournament is a source of great pride for Assured and we have been so happy to see the growth through your support,” Canade said, noting that one thing that stands out about Clemons and his foundation is that they help people help themselves.

“Whether it’s the Habitat builds or the schools built in underdeveloped countries, the fact that we can see how their lives have changed and how they have helped make that change a reality really rings true to Assured Automotive.”

The winning group came from York Towing, one of Assured’s premier towing suppliers. Peter Stojanovski, Jay German, Matt Butler and Brandon Meddick shot a blistering 59.

Canade wrapped up the evening doing a rather impressive impression of an auctioneer, selling a signed Clemons jersey for $600.