Kids in need score $99 for Birdies at Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic presented by Samsung



    Samsung teams up with Gretzky to offer kids better quality of life

    COLLINGWOOD, ON, June 25 /CNW/ - Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. is proud
to announce the launch of the Birdies for Kids program as part of its
presenting sponsorship of the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic, an official part of
the PGA Nationwide Tour.
    Samsung will donate $99 - denoting the Great One's iconic number - to the
Wayne Gretzky Foundation for every celebrity birdie scored at the Ford Wayne
Gretzky Classic presented by Samsung. The Birdies for Kids program is part of
Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope, a corporate philanthropic program of
community-based charities.
    "We're thrilled to be working with Samsung and being involved with its
ongoing commitment to help children, families and communities throughout North
America through Four Seasons of Hope," said Gretzky. "The money raised through
this initiative will help my foundation as we work to ensure that playing
hockey is accessible for kids across Canada."
    Sports icons such as Gretzky, Darcy Tucker, Paul Coffey and Doug Gilmour,
as well as famed entertainers like Alan Thicke and Kevin Dillon, will strive
to maximize their birdie count during the six-day PGA tournament.
    "Samsung's sponsorship of the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic is but one
example of our commitment to charitable causes," said Benjamin Lee, President,
Samsung Electronics Canada. "Together we can put a smile on the faces of
children that are less advantaged and need a leg up to participate in Canada's
greatest sport."
    At the tournament, Gretzky himself will be partnered with golf pro and
Brantford native David Hearn as he is pitted against former Edmonton Oilers
teammates Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, and Marty McSorley.
    "I'm thrilled that so many athletes, including my former teammates, have
chosen to participate in this tournament," said Gretzky. "At the end of the
day, we're just going to have a lot of fun, and hopefully our celebrity guests
can sink a few birdie putts and support this great cause."
    Tournament play will begin June 26, with approximately 160 professional
golfers joining the star-studded field. For more information, as well as
volunteer opportunities and ticket sales, visit www.gretzky.com/golf.

    About the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic presented by Samsung
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    Coming soon to the Town of the Blue Mountains June 23-29, the Ford Wayne
Gretzky Classic presented by Samsung will provide fans with the opportunity to
watch 160 professionals play with celebrities and amateurs in a pro-am style
tournament. As an official Nationwide Tour stop, players will be competing for
one of the year's largest purses at $800,099, with all four rounds televised
on the Golf Channel. Two courses will host the tournament - the Georgian Bay
Club and the Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay - with proceeds from the tournament
benefitting the Wayne Gretzky Foundation. Further information, including
tickets and volunteer opportunities, can be found at www.gretzky.com/golf.

    About the Wayne Gretzky Foundation
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    Founded in 2002, the Wayne Gretzky Foundation is dedicated to providing
less fortunate youth with the opportunity to experience the sport of hockey.
This goal will be accomplished through the donation of hockey equipment and
ice time, as well as providing the opportunity for young people to attend
professional hockey games.
    The Wayne Gretzky Foundation believes that hockey instils many positive
life skills and contributes to the physical, emotional and social growth of
young people.

    About Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
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    Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. (SECA), a wholly owned subsidiary of
Samsung Electronics Co., markets a broad range of award-winning digital
consumer electronics, information systems, telecommunications and home
appliance products.
    SECA upholds Samsung's mission to provide consumers with innovative
digital convergence products that possess exceptional technology, quality,
features, performance and value. The company oversees the Canadian operations
of Samsung's Consumer Electronics division, IT division, Home Appliance
division and Wireless Terminals division.
    Samsung has been a global TOP sponsor of the Olympic Games since 1997 and
has been a presenting sponsor of the Olympic Torch Relay since 2004. Also
through Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope charity, Samsung helps athletes and
celebrities raise funds for their respective charities, including the Wayne
Gretzky Foundation in Canada. Samsung is also a proud sponsor of Hockey Canada
and is the official HDTV sponsor of the NFL and Hockey Night in Canada.
    For customer service inquiries, please call 1-800-SAMSUNG
(1-800-726-7864), and for more information, please visit www.samsung.ca.





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For further information: Jennifer Stein, APEX Public Relations, Phone:
(416) 924-4442 ext. 227, E-Mail: jstein@apexpr.com


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