Children's Aid Foundation programs aimed at strengthening Toronto families receive a $400,000 donation from the Joe Carter Classic

TORONTO, April 25, 2017 /CNW/ - Children's Aid Foundation prevention programs aimed at strengthening at-risk communities in the Toronto area will receive a boost with a $400,000 donation from the Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament.

"It's an honour to play a role in helping families in Toronto and supporting vital programs that allow children to grow into healthy and happy adults," says Joe Carter, event co-chair and Major League Baseball All-Star and World Series legend. "These kids depend on us and we need to ensure they get off to a good start by helping them build strong relationships within their family and community."

Since 2010, the Joe Carter Classic has made a significant commitment to helping children and their families, and with today's gift, the annual celebrity golf tournament has raised over $1.5 million for the Children's Aid Foundation.

"We are so fortunate to have the incredible support of the Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament, which recognizes the value of investing in vulnerable children, their families and the community at large," says Valerie McMurtry, President & CEO, Children's Aid Foundation. "The tournament's generosity is instrumental in creating access to resources and programs that can help at-risk families stay together and thrive."

The donation will support the Children's Aid Foundation's Joe Carter Family Support Endowment Fund, which was established to provide vital financial assistance to prevention programs that aim to develop healthy families and strengthen communities in Toronto, decreasing the number of children and youth served by child welfare agencies.

"Helping children in need is what this tournament is all about and we have an incredible group of supporters who come together each year for a great cause," says James Dodds, event co-chair.

Some of the programs and services that the Children's Aid Foundation's Joe Carter Family Support Endowment Fund helps include:

  • support for high-risk teenagers living in the community who are demonstrating personally destructive behaviour
  • assistance for new immigrants and refugees to Canada who are struggling to settle into their new lives in Canada
  • counselling and therapeutic services for children and their caregivers to help develop stronger relationships
  • funding for personal needs items that are necessary to health and safety but may not be affordable for low income families

The tournament also has an established Children's Aid Foundation Joe Carter Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides urgently needed financial assistance to young people transitioning out of the child welfare system who are pursuing post-secondary education.

About the Children's Aid Foundation
The Children's Aid Foundation is Canada's leading national charity dedicated to improving the lives of our country's most vulnerable youth - those who have experienced abuse, neglect, and abandonment. With the support of generous donors, we have been helping children reach their potential against all odds since 1979. Last year, we delivered a wide range of high-impact programs and services, transforming the lives of over 23,000 children and youth. They depend on us. We depend on you. Join us and help Canada's most vulnerable kids define a vision for themselves of a successful future. Learn more at

SOURCE Children's Aid Foundation

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