PGI NB 2008 shots for seven figures in seven years


    MONCTON, NB, June 5 /CNW/ - Organizers of the PGI Golf Tournament for
Literacy NB 2008 have their sights aimed high this year as they attempt to
become the first PGI in Canada to get to the million-dollar mark in just seven
    "Seven figures in seven years is our goal and that means we have to raise
approximately $180,000 this year" said Michelle Carinci, Co-Chair of PGI NB
2008. "Most of our organizing committee has been together since 2002 when the
tournament found its new home in Moncton, and our success is owed to the
understanding of the issue by our local corporate and community supporters."
    The PGI NB tournament has consistently grown in annual revenue earned for
adult literacy programs in New Brunswick establishing national records for the
past three straight years raising $162,000 last year.
    "This year's events kick-off with the 2008 RBC Children's Art and
Literacy Contest where kids from kindergarten to grade eight are invited to
write a poem, create a story, or draw a picture depicting why "We Love New
Brunswick!" added Co-Chair Robin Drummond.
    Entry forms are available online at the Literacy Coalition of New
Brunswick ( or at any Royal Bank branch. The contest closes
July 4. Three prizes will be awarded in three age categories and the winners
will receive their prizes at the Family Festival for Literacy Wednesday,
August 20, at the Moncton Market.
    Later that evening, "Eveningside - In The Tradition of Peter Gzowski"
will take to the Capitol Theatre stage featuring dance, comedy, story-telling
and music from a variety of entertainers including Jonathan Torrens (aka J-Roc
of Trailer Park Boys) and Shelagh Rogers who are already confirmed.
    On Thursday, August 21, 180 golfers will meet at Royal Oaks Estates and
Golf Club to tee it up for literacy and participate in what has become one of
the premier golf events in Atlantic Canada.
    All proceeds from PGI NB 2008 remain in New Brunswick and go to the
Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick for distribution to literacy programs
across the province.

                         New Brunswick Literacy Facts

    - 60% of adults in NB aged 16 and over lack the literacy skills to
      adequately function day-to-day.
    - Only 12% of New Bruinswick's population aged 16 and over are capable of
      functioning at the highest level of literacy.
    - 48,000 New Brunswickers aged 16-25 do not have the literacy skills
      needed to function in today's global economy.
    - 70% of new jobs in Canada will require a post-secondary education
    - Almost 20% of New Brunswick's working age adults (16-65) have not
      completed high school.

    Increased literacy means communities that are safer, less reliant on
    social programs and more economically productive - and that, impacts all
    of us.

                               PGI FAST FACTS

    PGI New Brunswick Six-year Stats

    Year               Amount Raised

    2002               $  77,000
    2003               $ 135,000
    2004               $ 145,000
    2005               $ 150,000
    2006               $ 155,000
    2007               $ 162,000

    Total              $ 824,000

    PGI 2007 National Revenues

    Tournament         Amount Raised

    New Brunswick      $ 162,000
    Calgary            $ 119,000
    Vancouver          $  94,000
    Nova Scotia        $  89,000
    Briars (ON)        $  83,000
    Ottawa             $  48,000
    NL                 $  47,000
    Victoria           $  39,500
    PEI                $  37,000
    Saskatoon          $  28,000
    Nunavut            $  26,000
    Winnipeg           $  25,000
    Yukon              $  23,500
    Quebec             $  18,000

    Total              $ 839,000

    PGI National Historic Stats

    Total PGIs held in 1986                             1 (The Briars, ON)
    Total PGIs held through 2007                        263
    Total number of participants in 1st PGI             around 60
    Total number of participants through 2007           40,600
    Total amount raised for literacy in 1986            $18,000
    Total net funds raised for literacy through 2007    more than $10 million

For further information:

For further information: Jan Carinci, (506) 961-2783

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