TORONTO - It’s the season golfers and salespeople wait all winter to enjoy. There is no shortage of golf tournaments to serve as a backdrop to networking, dealmaking, awareness-raising and good fun.
For my part, any day on a golf course a good day … if, as an infrequent player, one doesn’t mind the day-long humiliation that accompanies the proof that your technical skills can’t match Nature’s challenges inherent in “the game”.
The people at Pizza Nova, yearly, hold a “Charity Golf Tournament, Dinner, Reception” at about the beginning of June. Each year they select a particular recipient to which they direct the proceeds of the day. This year it was the University Health Network Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (UHNPMCC), Urology Divion.
Domenic Primucci, President at Pizza Nova, explained that the corporation holds the event as part of its commitment to its staff and franchisees. “Together we developed a core set of seven values that define Pizza Nova. Two seminal ones are Family and Community”, he said, pointing out that “Pizza Nova is a Regional corporation competing in a National market and doing very well.”
“The proof is in the eating”, he remarked lightly, adding that, the Franchisees Organization ’governing’ franchisers – including giants like Mc- Donald’s - with over 100 units/ partnerships has awarded [them] the Gold award for excellence. Since 2012, we have been near or at the top of the Organization for quality.”
The Tourney has become a “family affair” invoking a third core value: “giving back”.
Dr. Neil Fleshner from the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre attended the dinner to accept the donation, give thanks and to provide brief remarks. The UHNPMCC is a great vehicle for philanthropic activities, he noted. “It ranks consistently among the top five Cancer Research Centres – worldwide. It not only attracts the best Medical and research talent, it has become an economic driver for storage of tissue and ’interrogation’ of cancer cell behaviour over time and host varieties,” he said.
Close to one in two Canadians will contact some sort of cancer in their lifetime, so no family is untouched.
One in four of those who contract a cancer are afflicted by prostate cancer. “Research is an investment in the future of us all”, added Dr. Fleshner, ” today’s donation [of $69,337.00] by the Pizza Nova family is a contribution to maintaining the connection to that research and investment”.