Andy Collins had this way of connecting people. He was all about having fun and loved helping others in need. After his passing, a group of his friends got together and created the Andy Collins for Kids fund. In the eyes of many, the odds were stacked against us. They thought we wouldn’t last longer than a year, and lo and behold, we are still going strong and the “fun” hasn’t stopped 21 years later.
Within those 21 years, our fund has raised the unthinkable amount of $3 million for the Montreal Children’s Hospital, making us the largest community-based fundraiser for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. 100% of donations received are allocated thusly:
- 40% to the Andy Collins for Kids Endowment fund;
- 20% for happiness and fun – the sponsorship of terminally-ill children to partake in an “On the Tips of the Toes” wilderness canoe trip and funding of the Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Dr. Clown programs;
- 20% for education which has resulted in the establishment and maintenance of the “Andy Collins for Kids” cardiac surgical reference library, including computers and specialized medical software
- 20% for research including the funding of the special Children’s Brain Trauma Program
Our main event for raising these funds is through our Annual Andy Collins for Kids FUNDAY Golf Tournament and Cycle Event. It is an inspirational day filled with fun, laughter, and many unforgettable moments. Funday brings together people of all ages. Hundreds of golfers, bikers and dinner guests, local area businesses, and many Montreal community leaders attend this extraordinary day.
ACK Funday starts with golf registration and a well-attended brunch. Funday continues with a shotgun golf tournament complete with delicious food and ice-cold beverages to suite all tastes. Sponsored holes along with exciting and friendly competitions help make this a unique, fun-filled day on the course. We even get some golfing done and award amazing prizes for all kinds of efforts and skill levels.
After golf and some relaxation time, attendees gather for the city’s most talked about cocktail hour together with a silent and amazingly entertaining live auction.
The day’s most anticipated event is the region’s greatest party! Dinner, music, entertainment of all kinds leads to “all out partying” being the tone for the year’s most unforgettable evening. You have to attend to understand exactly how and why Andy Collins For Kids Funday has been going strong for 20 years! Each year we welcome hundreds of friends, old and new, of all ages. We have strong representation from Montreal West, Montreal’s West Island, Montreal’s South Shore as well as Montreal’s downtown core. We also have loyal attendees from Vermont, Ontario, Western Canada, Europe and the Turks and Caicos.