It was a cloudy morning, but the skies parted ways and the sun was shining on Saturday afternoon for the 2nd Annual Butterfly Kisses for Ava golf tournament at Bradford Highlands Golf Club.
The Nunes family holds the event in memory of their daughter, Ava Nunes. She would have been nine years old this year, but unfortunately passed away at just five days old due to complications at birth.
Her parents, Julie and Diago Nunes are the organizers of the event with all proceeds going towards the Sick Kids Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Toronto.
Last year, they raised just over $16,000 for the event.
“This year we are going to try to beat it,” said Julie.
142 golfers participated in Saturday’s scramble style tournament, which included contests throughout the course like longest drive, toonie toss and closest to the pin games. There were just over 200 people in attendance for the post-game dinner.
Prizes were generously donated by family, friends, and local businesses in town like Zehrs, No Frills and Poleiro BBQ.
Family and friends also contributed baked goods and treats to sell to golfers at the first hole.
The Nunes family are grateful for all the support from their family and Bradford community.
Donations to the fundraiser can still be made here.