Donation will support youth in care transitioning to post-secondary
education and prevention programs that aim to strengthen families
TORONTO, Oct. 7, 2015 /CNW/ - The Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament
continues its ongoing commitment to children and youth with the
announcement today of a $500,000 donation, making it one of the first
gifts to the Children's Aid Foundation's $60 million National Campaign for Child Welfare.
"We are extremely grateful to the Joe Carter Classic team for hosting
this incredible annual event and their continued investment in the
success and happiness of Canada's most vulnerable children and youth,"
said Valerie McMurtry, President and CEO of the Children's Aid
Foundation. "Proceeds raised by the tournament have made a huge impact
by helping to reintegrate local at-risk youth back into their families
and communities, and assisting them in reaching their full potential
through post-secondary education."
Since 2010, the Joe Carter Classic's annual celebrity golf tournament
has raised over $1 million for the Children's Aid Foundation.
"We are very fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers, sponsors,
celebrities and participants who take part in the tournament year after
year and are committed to giving children in need an opportunity for a
better life ahead," says James Dodds, co-founder of the Joe Carter
Classic. "On behalf of vice-chairmen Dean Baxendale, Hersh Borenstein,
and our entire crew, we hope that the success of future events will
transform lives for many generations to come."
The $500,000 gift made by the Joe Carter Classic will go to two
established endowment funds in Joe Carter's name that will continue to
have a transformative effect on the children and young people assisted.
The Joe Carter Scholarship Endowment Fund provides urgently needed
financial assistance to young people transitioning out the child
welfare system who are pursuing post-secondary education. Each year
across Canada, only 30 per cent of kids involved with the care system
will graduate high school compared to 88 per cent of their peers. For
many of these young people, attending university or college may seem
unobtainable. By receiving a post-secondary education scholarship
through the Children's Aid Foundation, they not only receive financial
assistance but also encouragement that someone believes in them and
knows they have the ability to succeed.
The Joe Carter Family Support Fund supports prevention programs that aim
to develop healthy and happy families and strengthen communities in the
Toronto area, decreasing the number of children and youth served by
child welfare agencies.
About the Children's Aid Foundation
The Children's Aid Foundation's National Campaign for Child Welfare aims to raise $60 million over five years to change the lives of
thousands of children and youth for the better. The Children's Aid
Foundation is Canada's leading national charity dedicated to improving
the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system. With the
support of generous corporate, foundation and individual donors, we
have been helping children reach their potential against all odds since
1979. Join us and help some of the most vulnerable kids in Canada
overcome traumas of the past and rebuild stability, self-worth and a
sense of life's possibilities. Learn more at www.cafdn.org Twitter: @cafdn
About the Joe Carter Classic
The annual Joe Carter Classic charity golf tournament pairs avid golfers
with top name celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment.
Proceeds from the event go towards supporting the education and
development of Canadian youth through the Joe Carter Scholarship Fund
and the Joe Carter Family Support Fund. Since 2010, the Joe Carter
Classic has raised and pledged over $1 million to benefit the
Children's Aid Foundation. More information at www.joecarterclassic.com Twitter: @joecarterclassic
SOURCE Children's Aid Foundation
For further information:
Lisa Lipkin Communications for the Children's Aid Foundation