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Girodat Surgery Successful; Tourney To Aid

Published: August 27, 2008 1:10 pm ET

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Via its annual golf tournament, Hanover Raceway has announced it is coming to the aid of former track blacksmith Gene Girodat, who, according to Hanover officials, is recuperating from successful quadruple heart bypass surgery.

Hanover is going to hold a fundraising auction as part of its annual golf tournament on Wednesday, September 3 for 51-year-old Girodat, now a self-employed farmer and horseman.

Hanover general manager Gord Dougan says he's received donations including two sets of harnesses, hopples and hangers, and other donations that will be raffled or auctioned off at the tournament.

"Family and friends have been helping with Gene's farm chores, and we felt something should be done for the longtime Hanover Raceway horseman," said Dougan.

Dougan said the next few months are going to be tough for Girodat, so himself and a few local horseman decided to do something to try and help him out.

Anyone else interested in donating to the auction should call Gord Dougan at Hanover Raceway at 519-364-2860 (Ext 2).

There are still a few openings in the tournament, which starts with a noon registration at the Pike Lake golf course.

Cost for golf, cart and dinner is $100 per person, or dinner tickets are available for $30 each.

(With files from Hanover)

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