Lorie Kane to host a clinic in Waterloo Town Square;"Go Red" for St.
Mary's General Hospital
WATERLOO, ON, July 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The second Manulife Financial LPGA
Classic returns to Waterloo from July 10-14 with a full week of
activities for the whole family to enjoy.
The tournament is set to kick off in the Waterloo Town Square with the
BlackBerry Community Event on Sunday, July 7. This family-friendly
event will feature children's activities, games, face painting, and
giveaways. Renowned Canadian golfer, Lorie Kane, will make a special
appearance at 1 p.m. to perform a clinic for fans.
On-course events at Grey Silo Golf Club will begin on Monday, July 8
with the St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation Charity Pro-Am. Grey
Silo Golf Club will officially open to the public on Wednesday, July
10, as 52 of the top female players in the field tee off for the
official Pro-Am. A group of local junior golfers will get the chance to
caddy for the pros at the Pro-Am as a part of the CN Future Links Walk
with a Pro program. The first and second rounds of the Manulife
Financial LPGA Classic will take place on Thursday, July 11 and Friday,
July 12 beginning at 7 a.m. and will be televised live on the Golf
Channel from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. The final two rounds on Saturday, July
13 and Sunday, July 14 will be televised live on the Golf Channel from
3 - 6 p.m.
Charity and Volunteer Initiatives
Official charity partner, St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation, will
be conducting a Pedometer Challenge in partnership with BlackBerry,
encouraging fans to keep active for heart health. Pedometers will be
distributed to 1000 spectators each day from Thursday, July 11 through
Sunday, July 14. Participants will be entered for a chance to win one
BlackBerry Z10 smartphone per day.
On Friday July 12, the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic is going red for
women's heart health. Everyone in attendance is encouraged to wear red
in support of St. Mary's heart health initiatives, and the women you
love. Help us "red-out" the tournament on Friday, July 12!
In addition to being the tournament's title sponsor, Manulife Financial
is also the official volunteer sponsor, as volunteerism is its
Signature Cause. This year, Manulife is enhancing the volunteer program
to show appreciation to the 1200 volunteers who ensure the success of
the tournament. Volunteers will have access to an exclusive on-course
viewing area on the 12th hole to relax before or after their shift to ensure an unforgettable
Fun for the Whole Family
Presenting Sponsor BlackBerry will unveil the new BlackBerry Family
Zone, located near the main entrance. This area will feature
kid-friendly activities including a bouncy castle, face painting and
mini putt. BlackBerry furthers their presence on the course with The
BlackBerry Welcome Area, which will offer demos of the new BlackBerry
Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones to the public. Technical
representatives will be available on-site and the area will feature
charging stations and other rewards for BlackBerry smartphone
customers. Again this year, BlackBerry customers will receive
tournament updates through the BBM Friends Updates program that was
launched at last year's tournament. This on-site messaging initiative
provides users with a direct connection to sponsor messaging, on-site
activities and contests, upcoming schedules, weather information, and
New This Year
Fans of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic can take a virtual tour of
Grey Silo Golf Course with the new online interactive course map.
Also, be sure to visit the Molson Canadian 67 patios, which have been
added on the 18th green and near admissions.
The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic encourages recycling. With our
partners at Waste Management, we have put a program together to
increase the amount of recycling on the golf course with the goal of
becoming a zero-waste event. Help get us to this goal and be diligent
in your recycling.
For information, including ticket pricing, visit www.manulifeclassic.ca or call the tournament office at (519) 884-5742.
About the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic is back for its second year on the
LPGA Tour and will feature a standard eligibility field of 144 players,
72 holes of stroke play and a purse of $1.3 million. The tournament
will take place July 10 - 14, 2013, at Grey Silo Golf Course in
Waterloo, Ontario, home of Manulife Financial's Canadian Division. For
more information please visit: www.manulifeclassic.ca. Follow us on Twitter: @ManulifeClassic.
About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group
with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States.
Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and
forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial
decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and
distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management
products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset
management services to institutional customers. Funds under management
by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$555 billion (US$$547
billion) as at March 31, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife
Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the
Internet at manulife.com.
About St. Mary's General Hospital
Located in the heart of Kitchener, Ontario, St. Mary's is an
adult-acute-care hospital and Regional Cardiac Care Centre. Serving
Waterloo Region, Wellington County and beyond, St. Mary's has an
established reputation for providing quality, compassionate and
innovative care. The hospital's cardiac team provides more than 3,400
cardiac catheterizations, 1,050 coronary angioplasties, 750 cardiac
surgeries and 275 pacemaker insertions every year.
St. Mary's patient-centered approach to care is augmented by a strong
and dedicated team of more than 500 volunteers who contribute nearly
40,000 hours of service a year in 100 unique roles and programs. www.smgh.ca
About Sports Properties International
Sports Properties International was created to provide an environment
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About Bruno Event Team
Bruno Event Team (BET) is a Birmingham, Alabama-based sports marketing
and event management company formed in 1996 by Ronald Bruno and Gene
Hallman. Bruno Event Team is experienced in all facets of event
management, employing a year-round staff of 70+ employees in thirteen
offices around the United States and Canada. Bruno Event Team Services
each client with expertise in strategic planning, marketing,
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sponsor relations, hospitality consulting, event operations, event
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SOURCE: Manulife Financial Corporation
For further information:
Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Tournament Assistant
Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
519-884-5742 ext. 202
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