From left – right Eugene Filice, Karen Norton, Tad Putyra, Dr. Ben Goldstein, Aggie Wengle, Jessica Carn, Gus Platis, Josh Reisman, Peter Carello

Toronto-based developer Great Gulf took to the greens of Cardinal Golf Club for much more than just a leisurely round of golf on Friday, August 14th.

The company hosted its 20th annual Great Gulf Invitational, a charitable tournament, at the Kettleby, Ontario, links and raised more than $154,000 for Sunnybrook’s Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder in Toronto.

“Since 2006, Great Gulf has been committed to supporting the important work of Dr. Benjamin Goldstein at Sunnybrook’s Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder and the need to remove barriers for those struggling with mental illness so that they do not face prejudice or discrimination,” said Christopher Wein, Great Gulf’s president, in a news release.

“It is especially gratifying that all those involved in the tournament including our sponsors, golfers, employees and organizing committee embraced the importance of this cause,” he added.

Dr. Goldstein, the Sunnybrook centre’s director, was one of those in attendance for the tourney, and he recognized Great Gulf’s contributions to the Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder.

“Sunnybrook’s Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder came into existence on the strength of Great Gulf’s support, and since that time has become a hub of clinical care, education, and research on the topic of youth bipolar disorder,” he said, according to the news release.

In all, a field of 375 players teed off at the Western-themed tourney that saw some guests sport Texan garb like cowboy hats and bandanas instead of the usual country-club attire.

Last year the event drew 348 golfers and raised $137,000, also for Sunnybrook, and Great Gulf has helped raise upwards up $1 million for hospital foundation since 2006.

Since launching back in 1975, the Great Gulf Group – which also includes Ashton Woods Homes, First Gulf Corporation, and others – has gone on to develop everything from office towers and condos to shopping malls and resorts in Canada and the US.

Some of Great Gulf’s developments include Trafalgar Landing in Oakville, Monde Condos in Toronto, Mount Pleasant Creditview & Bovaird in Brampton and Number One Bloor in Toronto.

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