WINNIPEG, MB, March 16 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) announced today the selection of the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba Inc. as the official charity and beneficiary of the CN Miracle Match program that will accompany the 2010 CN Canadian Women's Open. The golf championship will be held at Winnipeg's St. Charles Country Club Aug. 23-29.
CN Miracle Match will rally the Winnipeg and Manitoba communities to make charitable donations to the Children's Hospital Foundation. Each year since 2006, CN and the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) have generated funds to support a children's hospital by matching donations made through initiatives associated with the CN Canadian Women's Open. In the past four years, this program has raised more than $3.5 million for children's hospitals.
Michael Cory, CN senior vice-president, Western Region, said: "CN has a major presence in Winnipeg, and we want to help build a safer, stronger community here. One of the best ways we can do that is raising funds to assist the Foundation's mission to improve the health and safety of children. We'll be out there in the community drumming up donations for the Foundation during the tournament and run-up to it. We hope total donations to the 2010 CN Miracle Match in Winnipeg will exceed $1 million, thus allowing our Miracle Match program to top that figure for the third straight year."
Lesia Sianchuk, executive director of the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, said: "We are so excited to have the CN Canadian Women's Open in Winnipeg, and to build a strong partnership with the CN organization and their many Manitoban employees. It's going to be an excellent opportunity for our Foundation and community to not only increase support for, but to also enhance child health care and research in Manitoba. "
"Along with our partners at CN, we believe it is very important that the CN Canadian Women's Open leave a lasting legacy in our local host communities," said Scott Simmons, RCGA executive director and chief executive officer. "As a national charity program with a philanthropic mandate to raise money for children's hospitals, CN Miracle Match is a terrific initiative that helps to raise charitable proceeds in the name of Canada's National Women's Open Championship."
ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION OF MANITOBA
Established in 1971, the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba works to support the special health care needs of children through reliable and consistent funding of equipment and programs at Winnipeg Children's Hospital and pediatric medical research at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised close to $100 million. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.goodbear.mb.ca.
ABOUT THE 2010 CN CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN
Stars of the LPGA Tour will be featured at the US$2.25 million 2010 CN Canadian Women's Open Aug. 23-29, 2010, at the St. Charles Country Club in Winnipeg.
Tickets for Canada's only LPGA Tour event can be purchased on-line at www.cncanadianwomensopen.com or by calling 1-866-571-LPGA (5742). Please consult the website for updated corporate hospitality, sponsorship opportunities, daily tickets and volunteer information.
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ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN GOLF ASSOCIATION
The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing 350,000 members at 1,600 clubs across the country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, the RCGA's mission is to grow participation in and the passion for the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. The RCGA conducts programs and services to help shape the future of gold in Canada. High performance athlete development, CN Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program, turfgrass and environmental research, the Canadian Gold Hall of Fame and Museum, Rules of Gold and amateur status, handicapping and course rating are only some of the initiatives the association leads for gold in Canada. In addition, the TCGA conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships showcase the best in Canadian golf. For information on what the RCGA is doing to support golf in your community, please visit www.rcga.org.
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