Golf fundraiser will raise funds & celebrate Dalton’s life

Golf fundraiser will raise funds & celebrate Dalton’s life
Alex Dalton

The Haldimand Press

      HAGERSVILLE—While Haldimand has come together to pay tribute to 23-year-old Alex Dalton of Hagersville, who was struck and killed by a stolen SUV while out for a short ride on his motorcycle in April, those responsible for his death are still at large.

      Hundreds of purple and blue ribbons are currently being displayed across the county as a memorial and a GoFundMe campaign launched by neighbour Steve Slack has raised over $48,000 at this point, which will serve as a reward to anyone who comes forward with evidence leading to an arrest. Alex’s family is urging the public to keep his name at the forefront.

      Family friend Laura Arnold, one of the people behind the ribbon campaign, said, “We still have people reaching out to us looking to hang ribbons, asking questions about the situation, asking for updates, and sharing his story. It is keeping the conversation going.”

      She noted that although additional details related to the case are not being revealed at this time, OPP has been in constant contact with the Dalton family: “The two individuals in the vehicle at the time of the hit and run and those responsible for helping them need to understand that Alex’s story will not go away until him and his family get the peace they deserve.”

      In that spirit, Dean Warren from Sandusk Golf Club in Jarvis reached out to Slack about organizing an event to raise more funds for the GoFundMe, leading to the creation of Alex Dalton Golf Days, a two-day fundraising event to be held at the club on August 21-22.

      “As a proud member of Haldimand County and parent, I believe it is important to remember Alex and keep this story front and centre now and long after the police complete their work. We must remind ourselves how precious life and family are and to enjoy each day with our children,” said Warren on why he got involved. “A lot of his friends and family golfed with him and it seemed to be a natural way to spend a day and also generate a few dollars to add to a fund to support his memory.”

      Arnold added, “We want it to be a celebration of his life, sharing stories of Alex, and celebrating the incredible young man he was in his short life…. The group planning this event, those at the golf course, his family, neighbours, and friends, are all working hard to make this an incredible weekend.”

      Tickets for the event cost $75 and include 18 holes of golf, a cart rental, a hamburger or hot dog, a 50/50 draw, door prizes, and raffle tickets for three big ticket items, donated by a variety of local businesses. Additionally, brewer Crank Lite Lager will be on hand with free samples for attendees.

      “We have some great door prizes already from Wardells, Frisky Beaver Winery, Main 88, Simington Auto, Biker’s Haven, and many more who have reached out wanting to help. We will be sharing the prizes as they come in on our Facebook event page,” said Arnold of the support seen so far from local businesses.

      Tickets can be purchased by calling 519-587-5886 to book a tee time or online at sanduskgolf.com. Those who are not interested in golf but still want to participate can get raffle and 50/50 tickets by visiting the event page on Facebook or by visiting Sandusk Golf Club prior to the event.

      Any local businesses who would like to get involved or offer a donation are encouraged to contact organizers through their event page, or by calling Arnold directly at 905-865-4646.

      “We live in such an amazing community. The amount of good that has come out of a nightmare situation is what is keeping everyone going,” concluded Arnold, thanking Sandusk Golf Club and all of the donors and volunteers involved. “Our hearts are filled, and Alex’s family and friends are so thankful to have such strong support to get them through this horrible time…. The amount of support being offered only goes to show how incredible Alex was and how much he is loved and missed every day.”