Annual CAP golf tourney dedicated to Valeri's memory
By Mark Newman, News Staff
The Cancer Assistance Program’s annual charity golf tournament will have special meaning for the Valeri family on the south-east Mountain.
This year the tournament at the Carlisle Golf and Country Club on Aug 13 is being held in memory of Marty Valeri, a long-time Dofasco employee who died in May 2013 after a battle with cancer.
“Marty was a very humble, hard-working man, giving beyond belief,” said Lisa Owens, co-chair of the 36th annual event. “We thought it was only befitting that we give something back to him in his honour.”
A well-known figure in the Trenholme community, Owens noted Marty Valeri spent many years working to improve the bocce courts at Trenholme Park near his home where he could often be found tossing a ball or just enjoying the comradeship of the game.
Paula Valeri, Marty’s wife, said it’s an honour for the family that the CAP event is being held in her late husband’s memory.
“His name will still be in everybody’s mind and that’s just great because he cannot be forgotten,” Paula said.
Owens said CAP is hoping to raise as much as $35,000 from the tournament, noting it’s one of their biggest fundraisers of the year.
“We’re the last charity in the city to offer free rides for cancer patients to appointments,” said Owens, who added the organization does not receive any government support and is totally funded by donations and fundraisers.
Anyone interested in participating in the golf tournament can get more information via www.cancerassist.ca.