MONTREAL, Feb. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX:CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced today
the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) 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
the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club from August 11-17, 2008. As a part of CN's
sponsorship of the LPGA tournament, a minimum C$100,000 will benefit the
CHEO Foundation, located in Ottawa, Ontario. 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 has 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. Over the
last two years, close to C$1 million has been raised through these
"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
CHEO Foundation in Ottawa through the CN Canadian Women's Open and our Miracle
Match program," said Stan Jablonski, CN's senior vice-president, Sales. "We
hope to surpass the C$546,000 that was raised during last year's event for the
Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta."
The CHEO Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to
furthering the physical, mental and social well being of children and their
families in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec by raising, managing and
disbursing funds to the CHEO centre. The CHEO is a teaching hospital
affiliated with the University of Ottawa, and conducts world-renowned research
activities focused on new advances in care and the development of a
comprehensive health system for children and youth.
"It is truly an honour to be selected as the beneficiary of the 2008 CN
Canadian Women's Open," said CHEO Foundation President and CEO, Fred Bartlett.
"It is encouraging to have partners in the business sector like CN, that share
our dedication to the well being of our community's children."
Through the CN Miracle Match program, CN will match all on-site donations
made during the tournament week and online contributions. Online donations can
be made at www.CNmiraclematch.ca when the site is launched on May 1, 2008 and
will be accepted until the conclusion of the 2008 CN Canadian Women's Open.
"As co-presenters 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 Richard
Desrochers, chief operating officer, RCGA. "We look forward to seeing Ottawa's
golf fans come out and support the stars of the LPGA and the CHEO Foundation."
Tickets for Canada's only LPGA Tour event can be purchased online at
http://www.cncanadianwomensopen.com/ or by calling 1-866-571-LPGA.
ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF EASTERN ONTARIO FOUNDATION
The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is committed to making a
difference in the lives of children, youth and families. As was the case when
CHEO opened more than three decades ago, children and youth continue to
require dedicated and specialized pediatric health services. CHEO has an
established and excellent team of highly qualified personnel, first class
treatment, as well as world-renowned research activities to meet the needs of
its young patients.
ABOUT THE 2008 CN CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN
Stars of the LPGA Tour will be featured at the $2.25 million (US) CN
Canadian Women's Open from August 11-17 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club in
Ottawa, Ont. 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,
St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North
America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.
ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN GOLF ASSOCIATION
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 actively conducts major programs and services to help shape the present
and future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, rules of
golf and amateur status, handicapping and course rating, turfgrass and
environmental research, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN
Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program, 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 performers of Canadian golf. For further information on what the RCGA is
doing to support golf in your community please visit www.rcga.org.
For further information:
For further information: Mark Wallace, Assistant Vice-President, Public
Affairs, CN, (514) 399-5555, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cn.ca; Dan Pino,
Director, Media and Public Relations, RCGA, 1-800-263-0009 ext. 406, (416)
434-5525, email@example.com; Len Hanes, Director, Communications, CHEO
Foundation, (613) 737-2784, firstname.lastname@example.org