Spurs and Sparkles back in the saddle to support Queensway Carleton Hospital

Teams of business leaders, celebrities and riders compete in three-part race featuring show jumping, football toss and golf cart obstacle course

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There wasn’t a single long face to be found — except for the equine variety — at the Spurs and Sparkles benefit that returned last night to Wesley Clover Parks for the first time since its tremendously successful launch more than four years ago.

The 300-plus attendees seemed genuinely excited to come together for one of Ottawa’s more unique fundraising events. It featured a Get Up and Gallop three-part competition that consisted of show jumping with riders on horseback, as well as local business leaders and celebrities participating in a golf cart obstacle course and football-toss challenge. 

Ten-time Olympian Ian Millar was on hand to take everyone through the race format and rules. His daughter Amy Millar, also a Canadian Olympian, was one of the riders in the race.

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Terlin Construction successfully defended its champion title in the eight-team competition. Terlin owner Terry McLaughlin put the pedal to the metal as he speedily drove his golf cart around pylons and up and down hills. Holding on tight were his teammates: Terry Marcotte, retired CTV sports director and author of his best-selling book on hockey moms, and Irish showjumping rider Darragh Kerins.

Team Terlin was up against such fierce competitors as Marjolaine Hudon, regional president of presenting sponsor RBC Royal Bank. She was joined by RBC Olympic curler Lisa Weagle and rider Karen Sparks, who’s not only an accomplished showjumping rider but also the co-chair of the event.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be back here for our second ever Spurs and Sparkles,” Sparks, executive director of Wesley Clover Parks, said during her welcome remarks with co-chair extraordinaire Catherine McLaughlin at her side. “I can’t tell you how much joy it brings me to be able to host you and welcome you again, after all this time.”

From left, showjumping rider Darragh Kerins with Terry McLaughlin, owner of Terlin Construction, and his returning teammate Terry Marcotte took first place in the Get Up and Gallop competition held during the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Sunkist Media
Marjolaine Hudon, regional president of presenting sponsor RBC Royal Bank, competed with RBC Olympic curler Lisa Weagle and showjumping rider (and Spurs and Sparkles co-chair) Karen Sparks in the Get Up and Gallop competition held as part of the fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. Photo by Sunkist Media
Showjumping rider Chris Wiggins competed in the equestrian portion of the Get Up and Gallop race during the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Sunkist Media
Shean Donovan, player development coach with the Ottawa Senators hockey team, teamed up with Jacqueline Belsito, president of the Senators Community Foundation, and rider Eryn Ballard (not seen) during the Get Up and Gallop competition, which included a golf cart obstacle course, during the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser held at Wesley Clover Parks for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. Photo by Sunkist Media
From left, Spurs and Sparkles organizing committee members included Tracy Howard, Robyn Cyr, Michelle Wright, Nathalie Levasseur (all with Wesley Clover Parks), Katie Barrett (QCH Foundation), as well as co-chairs Catherine McLaughlin and Karen Sparks (Wesley Clover Parks), and Shannon Bain (QCH Foundation), at this year’s fundraiser, held at Wesley Clover Parks in support of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips
Eye Candy’s Erica Hatfield drove her team’s golf cart through an obstacle course with showjumping rider Amy Millar in the back, during the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Sunkist Media
Chad Marinoff, controller with sponsor Inflector Environmental Services, drove the golf cart through an obstacle course joined by teammates Radek Bonk and showjumping rider Chris Wiggins during the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser held at Wesley Clover Parks for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. Photo by Sunkist Media
Ottawa Senators prospect Jorian Donovan with golf cart driver Roda Hussen, from sponsor Accora Village, and showjumping rider Susan Horn during the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Sunkist Media
Terry McLaughlin, president of Terlin Construction, with his wife, Catherine McLaughlin, co-chair of the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Caroline Phillips
Karen Sparks, executive director of Wesley Clover Parks and co-chair of Spurs and Sparkles, with 10-time Olympian Ian Millar at the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Caroline Phillips
Karen Sparks, executive director of Wesley Clover Parks and co-chair of Spurs & Sparkles, competed in the Get Up and Gallop competition during the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Sunkist Media

The co-chairs spoke inside the decorated large party tent. The beautiful space was put to excellent philanthropic use that night. It had already been set up for a major equestrian tournament being held this week at the four-season outdoor recreation hub located on Corkstown Road, in the city’s west end.

Sparks has strong ties to Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH). She used to be on the board of the foundation and served as its chair for a couple of years. As well, her four children were born there. Choosing the QCH Foundation as the beneficiary for this year’s Spurs and Sparkles was “a natural choice,” said Sparks.

Organizers were expecting to raise a net total of nearly $60,000 for QCH Foundation. The west-end hospital serves more than 50 per cent of the population in Ottawa, attendees heard from the foundation’s president and CEO, Shannon Gorman.

“As our community grows, so do the demands on essential services,” Gorman said. “Our hospital relies on the generosity of our community to support key priorities, some of which include the purchase of vital equipment and medical devices, training and education for our staff, and construction of the new Barbara Crook and Dan Greenberg Mental Health Centre, as well as upgrades to our surgical suites.”

Gorman expressed her gratitude to QCH’s “dedicated and steadfast community of supporters” and their investment of “time, talent and resources to ensure our hospital has the latest equipment and services to help our growing and ageing population.”

Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation president and CEO Shannon Gorman (middle), with Jeff Todd and Patricia Santos, from sponsor WCPD, at the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser held at Wesley Clover Parks in support of QCH Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips
From left, Jesse Winchester, player development for the Ottawa Senators, with golf cart driver Kevin Maxie, owner of sponsor Struck Apparel, and showjumping rider Ashley Maxie competed in the Get Up and Gallop race at the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Sunkist Media
Brazeau Seller Law partner Fred Seller, board chair of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, with his wife, Stacey Seller, at Spurs and Sparkles, held at Wesley Clover Parks. Photo by Caroline Phillips.
Terry Tyo, publisher, Eastern Ontario Business Journal, drove the golf cart around an obstacle course while showjumping rider Paul O’Shea and 10-time Olympian Ian Millar hold on tight during the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser at Wesley Clover Parks in support of the QCH Foundation. Photo by Sunkist Media
Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation board member Susan Finlay with her husband, Jonathan Westeinde, CEO of Windmill Developments, at Spurs and Sparkles, held at Wesley Clover Parks. Photo by Caroline Phillips.
From left, Karen Sparks, executive director of Wesley Clover Parks and co-chair of Spurs and Sparkles, with Marjolaine Hudon, regional president of presenting sponsor RBC and a participant in the Get Up and Gallop race at the fundraiser for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Caroline Phillips
Well-known entrepreneur Terry Matthews, founder and chair of Wesley Clover International, a private, global investment management firm and holding company, dropped into the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser that his daughter co-chaired in support of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips
Former QCH Foundation board member Doug Hewson, managing partner of Portland Private Equity, with his wife, Marisia Campbell, general counsel at Entrust, at the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips
Showjumping rider Paul O’Shea competed in the Get Up and Gallop competition during the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, held at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Sunkist Media.

Supporters from QCH Foundation in attendance included board chair Fred Seller, partner at Brazeau Seller Law, as well as QCH Foundation board members Susan Finlay and Dr. Ruchi Murthy, an infectious disease physician. Sparks’ father, high-tech entrepreneur Terry Matthews, founder and chair of Wesley Clover International, a private, global investment management firm and holding company, made a low-key appearance that night. 

The evening, enthusiastically emceed by radio personalities Sophie Moroz and Jeff Hopper from PURE Country 94, featured a delicious array of food, wine and beer stations. 1000 Island Brewing Company in Brockville created a Spurs and Sparkles label, just for the event. As well, there was live music and a DJ, both of which added to the fantastic vibes.

The other six teams competing in the Get Up and Gallop race were: Team OBJ (Terry Tyo, Ian Millar and rider Paul O’Shea), Accora Village (Roda Hussen, Jorian Donovan and rider Susan Horn), Team Inflector Environmental (Chad Marinoff, Radek Bonk, rider Chris Wiggins), Team Struck Apparel (owner Kevin Maxie, Jessie Winchester and rider Ashley Maxie), Team Eye Candy (owner Erica Hatfield, Abby Ernst and rider Amy Millar), Team Senators Community Foundation (Jacqueline Belsito, Shean Donovan and rider Eryn Ballard).

Team Eye Candy placed third while Team Struck Apparel came second.

Spectators, who could clearly watch the competition that took place on the Grand Prix field, were invited to guess which team they thought was going to win.

On the podium were, from left, Team Struck Apparel (Jesse Winchester, Ashley Maxie and Kevin Maxie), Team Terlin (Terry Marcott, Terry McLaughlin, Darragh Kerins) and Team Eye Candy (Abby Ernst, Erica Hatfield, Amy Millar) with Catherine McLaughlin, Marjolaine Hudon and Karen Sparks in front. Photo by Caroline Phillips
Radio personalities Jeff Hopper and Sophie Moroz from PURE Country 94 did a great job emceeing the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, held at Wesley Clover Parks. Photo by Caroline Phillips
From left, Gary Zed with his wife, Liza Mrak, executive vice president of sponsor Mark Motors Group, Shirley Kouri and Michael Mrak, deal principal of family-owned Mark Motors Group, at the Spurs & Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, held at Wesley Clover Parks. Photo by Caroline Phillips
From left, Janet McKeage from RBC Wealth Management with Kathryn Tremblay, co-founder and CEO of Altis Recruitment, and Marjolaine Hudon, regional president of presenting sponsor RBC, at the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, held at Wesley Clover Parks. Photo by Caroline Phillips
From left, Shean Donovan, player development for the Ottawa Senators, was a participant of the Spurs and Sparkles’  Get Up and Gallop competition, as were Jacqueline Belsito, president of the Senators Community Foundation, Ottawa Senators prospect Jorian Donovan, Jesse Winchester, who also works for the Ottawa Senators, retired CTV sports director Terry Marcotte and former Ottawa Senators player Radek Bonk. Photo by Caroline Phillips
Showjumping rider Darragh Kerins and celebrity participant Terry Marcotte held on tight as Terry McLaughlin, president of sponsor Terlin Construction, drove the golf cart in the Get Up and Gallop race during Spurs & Sparkles. Photo by Sunkist Media
From left, Justin Schurman, regional vice president of business financial services at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), with his husband, Trevor Stevenson, who also works at RBC, with their RBC colleagues, Crystal Farentino and Dion Farentino, regional vice president of private banking at RBC, at the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital, held at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Caroline Phillips
From left, Amanda Gordon, chief of staff for the Kanata North Business Association, with Veronica Farmer, vice president of marketing for Wesley Clover International, at the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital, held at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Caroline Phillips
Erica Hatfield, owner of sponsor Eye Candy, drove her team’s golf cart through an obstacle course while joined by teammates Abby Ernst and showjumping rider Amy Millar at the back, at the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, held at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Caroline Phillips
Ottawa business leaders Shaun McEwan and Lorraine Mastersmith, owners of KIN Vineyards, with Paul Chiarelli, president and COO of Wesley Clover International, at the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, held at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Caroline Phillips
From left, Shannon Lambert, local chair of the Women Presidents Organization, with Krista Kealey, vice president of communications and public affairsOttawa International Airport Authority, alongside Lamb Chop, a 17-year-old pony, at the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital, held at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Caroline Phillips
Shean Donovan seen riding next to Jacqueline Belsito as she drove a golf cart through an obstacle course as part of the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, held at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Caroline Phillips
RBC Olympic curler Lisa Weagle participated in the football toss as part of the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital, held at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Caroline Phillips
From left, David Patterson, vice president at Solace, with Shannon Bain, vice president of marketing, communications, and corporate and community partnership with Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, Jenna Fyfe, p
Jason Curry, owner of 1000 Islands Brewing Company, created an original Spurs and Sparkles label for the fundraiser, held at Wesley Clover Parks in support of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips
Karen Sparks, executive director of Wesley Clover Parks and co-chair of Spurs and Sparkles, competed in the Get Up and Gallop competition during the Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation at Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 203. Photo by Sunkist Media
The Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation drew more than 300 attendees to Wesley Clover Parks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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