Memorial golf tournament now in eleventh year

Onesima and Tony Raponi wanted to do something to honour their son, who passed away in Jan. 2007, and decided on an annual golf tournament for charity.

Over the past decade the tournament has raised more than $50,000 for charities like the World Wildlife Foundation, Covenant House Toronto, and St. Mark’s Parish in Stouffville. This year’s event is June 2, at Maples of Ballantrae Golf Club in Stouffville.

“It’s to remember him, to remember his life. It’s for his name to live on, not to be forgotten, about the type of person he was,” said Onesima.

Their son, Dino, was on his way home from a get-together for a friend in the Whitby area. He was driving in his truck when he collided with a hydro pole near Coppins Corners.

“He helped everybody no matter what, so we want to continue doing that, to help as many people as we can, especially the ones in need. That’s what he liked to do and that what he would want,” added Tony, Dino’s father.
“All we can do is honour him, remember him, and do something good by helping charities.”

This year’s tournament raises money for St. Mark’s Parish and Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation.
Photo: Dino Raponi died in January, 2007.

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