Third annual golf tournament raises $6,020 for Hagersville family

Third annual golf tournament raises $6,020 for Hagersville family
HAGERSVILLE—At back, (l-r) Brian Salvatore, Get Together friend and GoFundMe Organizer; Dale Vecero, Get Together Committee Member; and Frank Vecero, Get Together Committee Member, are shown with the Gilbertson family: Rebecca Laxton Gilbertson, Dane, Tyler, and Zoey Gilbertson. —Photo courtesy of Sherri Lafleur.

By Mike Renzella

The Haldimand Press

HAGERSVILLE—For the third straight year, a group of friends gathered for their annual ‘Get Together’ golf tournament on Sunday, August 22, 2021, with raised funds going to help a local family in need.

Originally formed three years ago, the group intended to simply spend a day together playing golf and reminiscing about the good old days, but through their discussions, they decided to try and auction off a few items to raise some funds for Maeve Field, known as ‘Mighty Maeve’, to help pay for her medical care and recovery after she was struck by a vehicle in 2019. They ended up raising more than $800 for Maeve and her family.

Buoyed by this success, the group reunited in 2020: “Despite COVID, the ‘Get Together’ group met again, this time at the Sandusk Golf Course,” said Dale Vecero, a member of the Get Together Committee. “The group enthusiastically raised over $2,500 through fun auctions and various golf events.”

Through some of the participants that day, the group found out about the Gilbertson family in Hagersville, home to 3-year-old Zoey and 5-year-old Dane, both living with similar, but separate, health issues. The decision was made to donate the funds from that 2020 event to the family, who’s ongoing costs inspired the group to again make them the focus of their charitable endeavours this year.

Zoey and Dane Gilbertson

This year’s tournament took place at Woodside Greens in Simcoe. The enthusiasm of participants just to be out spending the day golfing and meeting up with old friends led to some generous donations, with the group managing to raise $6,020, all of which was donated to the Gilbertson family to assist with the “high cost of medical care for the children.”

“It was the perfect day, albeit a littsle warm, for approximately 100 friends and golfers to come out in friendship and support for the Gilbertson family,” said Vecero.

Zoey, daughter to Rebecca Laxton and Tyler Gilbertson, has been diagnosed with a very rare digestive disorder known as Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease. She must be fed through a tube, and is very limited in what she can consume. Her brother Dale suffers from a gastrointestinal chromosome abnormality.

“Their issues are similar in some ways, but different. Both have very strict diets,” explained Vecero. “They just returned from Cincinnati, Ohio recently where they spent a week undergoing all kinds of tests. Their journey is far from over, with many more tests to be done and paths to cross. But hopefully Zoey and Dane will get the medical attention needed to overcome these very rare diseases.”

She continued, “The Get Together Committee would sincerely like to thank all of those who donated to the prize table, the TV raffle, the closest to the pin, and the auction. Your donations were greatly appreciated. As well, the organizing committee sends a shout out of thanks to Woodside Greens for the beautiful venue and to Natalie for all her help.”

A GoFundMe for the Gilbertson family has been started by family friend Brian Salvatore and has raised over $4,000 to date.

Anyone interested in making a donation to the GoFundMe to help the family may do so by visiting