Annika Sorenstam and Lorie Kane get set to tee-off at the second annual Scotiabank Women's Charity Challenge

    TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ - Superstar Annika Sorenstam and Canadian golf
favourite Lorie Kane team up to host the Scotiabank Women's Charity Challenge
in support of women's charities across Canada. In its second year, the golf
tournament takes place on Monday, May 14th, 2007 at the prestigious Magna Golf
Club on the Oak Ridges Moraine in Aurora, Ontario.
    Scotiabank and key presenting sponsors, Rogers, Fidelity Investments,
KPMG and Teradata are hoping to exceed the $250,000 raised at last year's
event. All proceeds will benefit a host of women's charities across Canada.
Last year the recipients included a variety of charities supporting women's
shelters, employment services, treatment centres and cancer foundations
    Both Sorenstam and Kane are key golf professionals that bring their
experience, popularity and grace to this truly unique event. Sorenstam is
recognized as one of the finest female athletes of all time and is rated one
of the best golfers on the LPGA Tour. Kane began her career on the LPGA Tour
in 1996 and has four career victories on the Tour. She became a member of the
Order of Canada at a ceremony in December 2006.
    "Annika Sorenstam and Lorie Kane are two of the most generous ambassadors
in women's golf and Scotiabank is proud to have them as part of the Scotiabank
Women's Charity Challenge this year," said Sylvia Chrominska, Executive
Vice-President, Human Resources & Public, Corporate and Government Affairs,
Scotiabank. "The importance of this event is significant to the number of
women's charities we support. Last year we awarded grants to a variety of
charities and we want to continue this tradition of giving."
    The highlight of the day is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for nine
qualifying foursomes to play one hole with Sorenstam and Kane to raise funds
for the winner's charity of choice. Each group will include a ranked Canadian
Junior Girl golfer and will play for their own pre-selected Canadian women's
    Sorenstam and Kane will each captain a team throughout the nine-hole
event, but will also be competing to win the overall nine-hole match. They
will be representing a variety of Canadian women's charities selected by
    Scotiabank supports a number of women's charities, including The World
Conference on Breast Cancer and YWCA. Most recently a recipient of the 2007
Catalyst Award recognizing the advancement in women and business, and
recognized as one of Canada's top 50 employers, Scotiabank is a leader and
destination workplace for women seeking careers in the financial services
industry. More than 70 per cent of the Bank's workforce are women.

    Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally
and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic
activities, in 2006 the Bank provided more than $42 million in sponsorships
and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas
of healthcare, education and social services. Scotiabank is on the World Wide
Web at

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For further information: Paula Oreskovich, Jennifer Meneses, PraxisPR,
(905) 949-8255 ext 223, ext 221 or,;
Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs, (416) 866-6203 or

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