The Mike Weir Foundation and QEII Foundation Team Up as
Official Charitable Partners of GOLFest Nova Scotia
FEED NOVA SCOTIA and Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame selected as secondary beneficiaries.
All charitable funds raised through GOLFest will remain in the local community.
Halifax, Nova Scotia – May 21, 2014 – SportBox Entertainment Group and the PGA TOUR announced today that The Mike Weir Foundation will become the official charity partner of 2014 GOLFest Nova Scotia, with QEII Foundation as the primary local charitable partner and beneficiary.
GOLFest Nova Scotia is a weeklong festival celebrating all things golf in Canada. As the official charity of GOLFest Nova Scotia, the power of The Mike Weir Foundation will be harnessed to drive fundraising and charitable support. Since inception in 2004 and through the support of generous sponsors and donors, The Mike Weir Foundation has raised over $7 million, with over $4 million of support being provided for children’s health care and related causes.
“When my wife Bricia and I started The Mike Weir Foundation our goal was to advance the physical, emotional and educational welfare of children in Canada. Golf is a great platform to build awareness for local and national charities. I look forward to supporting Halifax and the Atlantic Canada region through GOLFest charitable efforts, and to visiting and playing alongside some of the best PGA players in the world in the RBC Canada Cup,” said Mike Weir.
GOLFest and The Mike Weir Foundation will work with the festival’s primary beneficiary, the QEII Foundation, to build and execute initiatives locally. The QEII Foundation touches the lives of all Nova Scotians and inspires generosity to advance health care by working with a community of people who share a vision of better health, strengthening health care and improving the lives of Atlantic Canadians.
Last year, the QEII Foundation raised over $20-million to fund research, professional education, equipment, technology and community-based programs. These much needed funds support primary care such as treatment of chronic conditions, specialized care like cancer treatment, and the most advanced care such as organ transplantation.
“The QEII Foundation is proud to be GOLFest Nova Scotia's local charity of choice," said Bill Bean, President and CEO of the QEII Foundation. "This partnership will help further care and truly make a difference for the patients who visit the QEII for rehabilitative care from across Atlantic Canada."
In addition to the QEII Foundation, GOLFest will also support FEED NOVA SCOTIA and the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame as secondary beneficiaries. GOLFest will work on specific initiatives with each charity that support their mission and campaigns.
FEED NOVA SCOTIA helps provide meals to those in need by collecting and distributing food to more than 150 member agency food banks and meal programs, while eliminating chronic hunger and poverty through research.
The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame honours, promotes, and preserves the rich sport history of Nova Scotia. In addition to featuring a state-of-the-art sport museum in downtown Halifax, the Hall of Fame provides a province-wide education program that uses the inspirational stories of sport heroes to deliver important lifestyle messages to Nova Scotia youth.
“We are proud to partner with The Mike Weir Foundation and three outstanding local charities,” said Grant MacDonald, Director, GOLFest Nova Scotia. “Our goal with GOLFest is to leave a lasting impact in the community each year. We will be working with our charitable partners over the next several weeks to build engaging initiatives that raise funds in the lead up to and on-site at GOLFest Nova Scotia.”
All charitable funds raised through GOLFest will remain in the local community. GOLFest charitable initiatives will continue to contribute to the substantial impact of the PGA TOUR’s charitable platform. Earlier this year, the PGA TOUR announced that it had surpassed $2 billion in all-time charitable giving. This milestone was reached a mere eight years after the first $1 billion was reached in 2005.
GOLFest Nova Scotia will feature the RBC Canada Cup, the Web.com Tour’s Nova Scotia Open and the Junior Canada Cup. In 2014, GOLFest will be held at Ashburn Golf Club – New Course from Monday, June 30 to Sunday, July 6.
The Mike Weir Foundation
Since inception and through the support of our generous sponsors and donors we are proud to report that over $7 million has been raised for children’s wellness with over $4 million of support being provided for children’s health care and related causes. Beyond direct contributions, the Foundation also helps charities raise money through its Weir Golf Memorabilia program, which helps charities obtain auction items for fundraising purposes.
The QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization established to strengthen the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s ability to provide health care of the highest quality across Atlantic Canada. The Foundation raises funds for the QEII's equipment purchases, special projects and research initiatives. The QEII is the largest health care centre in Atlantic Canada, with over one million patient visits annually. Encompassing 10 buildings, more than 700 physicians, 7,000 staff and 1,200 volunteers, the QEII serves immediate and emergency care, as well as specialized care for patients in the Atlantic Provinces. In addition to providing the most advanced care available, the QEII is a leading research centre and training facility.
FEED NOVA SCOTIA
FEED NOVA SCOTIA exists to alleviate the effects of poverty on Nova Scotians. The charity’s core business is to help keep the shelves and refrigerators of more than 150 member agency food banks and meal programs across the province well stocked, through regular and reliable food deliveries. Last year, FEED NOVA SCOTIA distributed more than two million kilograms of food valued at over $12.5 million. The organization is also actively engaged in research and awareness activities that seek to eliminate chronic hunger and poverty. Through collecting and analyzing data, FEED NOVA SCOTIA provides an accurate picture of hunger in Nova Scotia and gives context to the historic and evolving need for food support. They also operate a 24-hour Helpline and a culinary training program called The Learning Kitchen, where individuals facing barriers to employment learn a variety of skills that equip them for a job in the culinary industry.
Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame
The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that promotes Nova Scotia sport history. The Hall of Fame facility in the Halifax Metro Centre provides free admission to over 75,000 visitors annually, showcasing an impressive range of exhibits including the ultimate Sidney Crosby exhibit and an exciting multi-sport simulator. The facility also provides research access to over 150 years of sport stories in the form of thousands of records, photographs, and artifacts. In addition to recognizing outstanding sport accomplishments at its annual Induction Awards Night, the Hall of Fame features sports heroes in its free education program, which is presented to hundreds of schools across Nova Scotia in order to inspire youth with messages of motivation, perseverance, and good lifestyle choices.
GOLFest Nova Scotia
Held each year in Halifax during Canada Day week, GOLFest Nova Scotia is a celebration of all things golf in Canada. The festival will feature three anchor events - the RBC Canada Cup, the Web.com Tour’s Nova Scotia Open and the Junior Canada Cup. In 2014, GOLFest will occur between June 30 and July 6 at Ashburn Golf Club – New Course. Host Ashburn Golf Club’s New Course is a 7,014-yard par-72 layout that was designed by Geoffrey Cornish and opened in 1970. GOLFest Nova Scotia is proudly supported by the Royal Bank of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Atlantic Golf Organization, FlyHalifax.com and Cobra Puma Golf.
RBC Canada Cup
Kicking off the consumer experience on Monday, the RBC Canada Cup will be a head-to-head Canada vs. The World battle of golf for international bragging rights. In 2014, Team Canada will be proudly represented by three PGA TOUR stars Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn, as well a top Canadian player on the Web.com Tour. On Monday, June 30, 2014, Team Canada will face off in an 18-hole competition against Team World comprised of Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland, Trevor Immelman and a top International Web.com Tour player. The RBC Canada Cup will also feature a 9-hole morning pro-am event.
Nova Scotia Open
The Nova Scotia Open will be the Web.com Tour’s first official event in Nova Scotia and bring significant exposure to Halifax and Nova Scotia across Canada, the United States and around the world. It is one of 25 Web.com Tour events that will identify the 50 Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR members who earn PGA TOUR cards for the 2014-15 season. The Open will feature a field of 156 golfers competing over 72 holes of stroke play (July 3-6) for a purse of $650,000 USD. A pro-am will be played on Wednesday, July 2.
About Web.com Tour
Founded, owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s greatest stage. As The Path to the PGA TOUR, its impact on the PGA TOUR is undeniable. Three out of every four PGA TOUR players have Web.com Tour roots. Web.com Tour alumni have amassed 385 PGA TOUR titles, including 19 major championships and four PLAYERS Championships.
SportBox Entertainment Group
SportBox Entertainment Group is a sports management and marketing agency. The agency’s focus is on talent representation, event development, consulting and representing the marketing rights of sports organizations and properties. SportBox represents 11 professional golfers, including PGA TOUR stars Graham DeLaet, David Hearn and Mike Weir. For more information, visit sportboxgroup.com.
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