CN selects the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation as community charity for 2009 CN Canadian Women's Open

    MONTREAL, Jan. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - CN announced today that the Alberta
Children's Hospital Foundation has been selected as the designated community
charity for the CN Miracle Match program as part of this summer's CN Canadian
Women's Open golf tournament that will be held at Priddis Greens Golf and
Country Club in Calgary, Alta. from August 31 to September 6, 2009. As a part
of CN's sponsorship of the LPGA tournament, a minimum C$100,000 will benefit
the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, located in Calgary, Alta. The CN
Miracle Match program provides additional fundraising opportunities that will
encourage public donations in support of the children's hospital before and
during tournament week that will be matched by CN.
    CN Miracle Match is designed to rally communities across Canada to
support children's hospitals. Each year since 2006, CN and the Royal Canadian
Golf Association (RCGA) have raised funds to support a children's hospital by
matching funds raised through various initiatives that are connected with the
CN Canadian Women's Open. Additionally, tournament proceeds from the event are
donated back to the children's hospital. Over the last three years, close to
C$2 million has been raised through these initiatives.
    "At CN, we are deeply committed to the strength of our communities by
ensuring the health and safety of our youth. CN is pleased to support the
Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation in Calgary through the CN Canadian
Women's Open and our Miracle Match program," said Stan Jablonski, CN's senior
vice-president, Sales. "We would be delighted if we were able to exceed the
C$1 million that was raised during last year's event for the Children's
Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation in Ottawa."
    "We are thrilled that CN has asked us to be their partner on the CN
Canadian Women's Open," says Jonathan Hoehn, President and CEO of the Alberta
Children's Hospital Foundation. "Kids and families at our hospital will
benefit both from CN's generosity and from the excitement of bringing a
world-class sporting event to our community. We really appreciate CN's support
and clear commitment to philanthropy."
    Through the CN Miracle Match program, CN will match all donations made
leading up to the event and on site during the tournament week including all
online contributions. Online donations can be made at
when the site is launched on May 1, 2009 and will be accepted until the
conclusion of the 2009 CN Canadian Women's Open.
    "As organizers of the CN Canadian Women's Open, the Royal Canadian Golf
Association (RCGA) is proud to be a part of this initiative that will benefit
one of Canada's most outstanding children's hospitals," said Scott Simmons,
RCGA Executive Director and CEO. "We look forward to seeing Calgary's golf
fans come out and support the stars of the LPGA and the Alberta Children's
    Tickets for Canada's only LPGA Tour event can be purchased online at or by calling 1-866-571-LPGA.


    The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation raises funds for excellence in
child health and family centred care. Through the generosity of donors, the
Foundation provides funding for innovative family centred programs, state of
the art equipment, advanced medical training and internationally recognized
pediatric research. For more information please visit


    Stars of the LPGA Tour will be featured at the US$2.75 million CN
Canadian Women's Open from August 31 to September 6 at Priddis Greens Golf and
Country Club in Calgary, Alta. The CN Canadian Women's Open is proudly
sponsored by the Canadian National Railway Company. For updated corporate
hospitality, sponsorship opportunities, daily tickets, and volunteer
information please visit


    CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway
subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific
oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert,
B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key
metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth,
Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and
Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more
information on CN, visit the company's website at


    The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf
in Canada, representing 377,000 members at 1,600 clubs across the country.
Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf
in this country, the RCGA's mission is to grow participation in and passion
for the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. The
RCGA conducts programs and services to help shape the future of golf in
Canada. High performance athlete development, CN Future Links, Canada's
national junior golf program, turfgrass and environmental research, the
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, Rules of Golf and amateur status,
handicapping and course rating are only some of the initiatives the
association leads for golf in Canada. In addition, the RCGA conducts Canada's
most prestigious golf championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian
Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while
regional junior and national amateur championships showcase the best in
Canadian golf. For further information on what the RCGA is doing to support
golf in your community please visit

For further information:

For further information: For CN: Mark Wallace, Assistant Vice-President,
Public Affairs, (514) 399-5555,; For RCGA: Dan Pino,
Director, Media and Public Relations, 1-800-263-0009 ext. 406, (416) 434-5525,; For the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation: Belinda Lamb,
Vice President, Communications, (403)-955-8821,

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