An annual tradition — the Marion Open — gives local family a chance to reminisce and support WDMH

Above, Presenting the cheque to Cindy Peters, Manager, Direct Mail & Events are André (Joe) Belisle (left) and Francois (Frank) Marion. They are cousins and the organizers of the event. Courtesy photo

WINCHESTER — “Les Retrouvailles” means “to reminisce” and for the Marion family, it’s all about connections. Each year, this generous family hosts the Marion Open at Cloverdale Links golf course. In addition to seeing one another and keeping connected, the team also raises money for a local charity. This year, 32 players, ranging in age from 18 to 81, participated.

“This was the 7th annual Marion Open and the WDMH Foundation was honoured to accept a cheque for $800 for the Digital Mammography Fund,” notes Cindy Peters, Manager of Direct Mail and Events. “And we are told they are already planning the 8th annual event next year!” Funds were raised through a silent auction at the event thanks to the generous support of community businesses.

The event also commemorates Jean Paul St-Pierre, the former mayor of Russell Township. “It was especially fitting that Jocelyn St. Pierre, wife of the late Jean Paul, was there to present the awards for winning golfers,” adds Cindy Peters. “J.P. was a regular participant until his sudden passing in 2014.”

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