Heart Award Brings Attention To Stroke Awareness Month

East Park Receives 2015 London Ontario Golf Heart Award,
LondonOntarioGolf.com Supports Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada
June Is Stroke Awareness Month

For more than 50 years, East Park London has been one of London’s busiest breeding grounds for beginner golfers honing their skills from tee to green. Affordable golf plus a myriad of family activities makes the southeast London fun spot one of the city’s most active sports and leisure hotspots. And for more than half a century, East Park has given back to the community through fundraising and charitable donations.

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For all of those reasons, on June 8 LondonOntarioGolf.com awarded East Park with the 2015 London Ontario Golf Heart Award. This year marked the first time a group has received the annual award, recognizing those who grow the game and support the community.

The Heart Award recognizes members of the London and area golf industry who unselfishly give back to the game of golf. The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada is the Official Charity of London Ontario Golf.

Each June (Stroke Awareness Month), the Heart Award recipient, as selected by the editors of LondonOntarioGolf.com, is honoured within the categories of golf professionals/instructors, golf mentors, golf course owners/operators, golf course architects/designers and members of the media. Previous winners of the London Ontario Golf Heart Award include Mike Olizarevitch (2011), Fred Kern (2012), Patty Howard (2013) and Mike Weir (2014).

More than 75,000 people visit East Park each year, many of whom challenge one of London’s most popular 18-hole golf courses, play its two 18-hole miniature golf layouts and practice at its driving range. Founded in 1963 by a group of prominent Londoners, East Park is operated by managing partners Neil Kapp, Alon Shatil and Ian Stone, who celebrated East Park’s 50th Anniversary in 2013.

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It’s a good bet that more youngsters started playing golf at East Park than at any other London golf club. Despite its heavy play, East Park boasts one of the area’s best manicured golf courses – a testament to how serious its managing partners are about providing a top-notch golf layout for not only youngsters and their parents, but also for people of all ages and abilities.

Concurrently, East Park has been heavily involved in helping local charities for more than 50 years. It’s a tradition today’s owners continue.

“We are honoured to have our name alongside past winners, including the 2014 winner, Mike Weir. We take great pride in the fact East Park is synonymous with family fun, and a big part of that is our golf component. But giving back to the community through charity is just as important to our corporate climate,” said Kapp, Shatil and Stone.

They added, “With the Heart Award bringing attention to Heart & Stroke Foundation, we are thrilled to share this award with our staff, who go the extra mile to provide family fun which in turn promotes physical activity and healthy living.”

“Heart & Stroke is thrilled to be a long-time partner with Jeffrey and LondonOntarioGolf.com,” said Jamie-Lynn, Huitema, Senior Area Manager with Heart & Stroke. “We can’t stress enough our message for Stroke Awareness Month. Act FAST because the quicker you act, the more of the person you save. We value events like the Heart Award as it helps spread awareness, educate the public and raise vital funds to help support our mission.

“The Heart & Stroke Foundation’s vision is a simple one,” continued Huitema. “Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen. And we are making it happen, right here. Through community events like the Heart Award, Jump Rope for Heart in our school system, our Big Bike events that are happening over the next few weeks and our door-to-door campaign happening in June and February.


“Together, we are making people more aware of heart disease and stroke,” said Huitema. “We are educating the public on how vital funds for research are. We are so very fortunate to be able to fund some amazing research right here in London at the Robarts Institute at Western University. So thank you to LondonOntarioGolf.com for your partnership with Heart & Stroke – thank you for helping create more survivors.”

June is Stroke Awareness Month. For information on FAST, visit the Heart & Stroke website here

The Heart Award is on display all summer long in the East Park pro shop, 1275 Hamilton Road in London.


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