Golf Legends for Children raises $2,550,000



    MONTREAL, Oct. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Golf Legends for Children, a unique
charity event under the honorary co-presidency of Jack Nicklaus and Gary
Player, was held on October 1st at the Laval-sur-le-Lac Golf Club, and raised
$2,550,000 for sick children.
    Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara are very committed to the cause of
sick children. "As parents and grandparents, we are very conscious of the
impact a child's illness can have, not only on the child's life, but also on
the lives of the loved ones around them," said Jack Nicklaus.
    Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player are not only unique golfers and veritable
legends of this sport, but they are also deeply involved in the well-being of
children through their respective foundations. The Nicklaus Children's Health
Care Foundation focuses on childhood diseases and disorders, including
leukemia and cancer. The Gary Player Foundation's mission is to provide
education for underprivileged children around the world. "I am convinced that,
along with love and good health, education is one of the greatest gifts you
can give a child," said Gary Player.
    Tracy and Marc Bibeau, who launched Golf Legends for Children and were
the co-presidents of the event's organizing committee, said they were
delighted with the results of the day. "The cause of sick children is
particularly close to our hearts and we are happy that this event has met with
such success. We know that the funds raised will make a real difference for
the children," they said.
    A total of 135 golfers had the privilege of participating in the event,
while 400 guests attended the evening's festivities, including personalities
from the Quebec sports and entertainment scene. Among the special guests were
Denys Arcand, Stéphane Quintal, Caroline Néron, Mario Jean.
    Leucan warmly thanks honorary co-presidents Jack Nicklaus and Gary
Player, as well as Barbara Nicklaus, for their generosity. Special thanks go
to Tracy and Marc Bibeau and to the members of the organizing committee.
    We also thank our many partners and sponsors, who helped make this Golf
Legends for Children event such an exceptional one. They include Chapiteaux
Classic, Columbia Frame, Ferreira Café, Galerie Le Chariot, Lanctôt Ltd.,
Laval-sur-le-Lac Golf Club, Centres d'achats Beauward Ltd., the Société des
alcools du Québec and Synchro Golf.

    Leucan is a non-profit organization founded in 1978. Its mission is to
enhance the well-being, healing and recovery of children with cancer and
provide support to their families. Leucan has nine regional offices and a
Montreal-based headquarters, and more than 7,000 members. Considered a leading
reference centre for similar institutions, Leucan is widely recognized for its
programs, such as massage therapy and bereavement follow-up. Visit Leucan's
Web site at www.leucan.qc.ca.




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For further information: Madeleine Rhéaume, Communications, Public
Relations and Marketing Director, (514) 731-3696, ext. 224, Cell phone: (514)
835-4464


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