Event raises $265,000 for Women's charities across Canada
TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - In its second year, the Scotiabank Women's
Charity Challenge raised $265,000 in support of various women's charities
across Canada. Superstar Annika Sorenstam and Canadian golf favourite Lorie
Kane teamed up to host the event at the prestigious Magna Golf Club in Aurora,
Eighteen of Canada's top nationally ranked junior girl golfers joined Ms.
Sorenstam and Ms. Kane at the largest single-day golf fundraising tournament
in support of women in Canada.
All proceeds will benefit a variety of women's charities across Canada
including women's shelters, employment services, treatment centres and cancer
Ms. Sorenstam is recognized as one of the premier female athletes of all
time and continues to be a dominant force on the Ladies Professional Golf
Association Tour (LPGA). Her return appearance at this year's challenge marks
her only Canadian visit this season. Ms. Kane remains one of Canada's premiere
female athletes. She began her career on the LPGA Tour in 1996 and has four
career victories on the Tour. Ms. Kane became a member of the Order of Canada
at a ceremony in December 2006.
"The funds raised at today's Scotiabank Women's Charity Challenge will
help strengthen our community - by empowering and educating women and funding
healthcare and other initiatives that will assist women on a daily basis,"
said Sylvia Chrominska, Scotiabank Executive Vice-President Human Resources
and Public, Corporate & Government Affairs. "Scotiabank is proud to return as
title sponsor of this highly successful and fun event. As a long-time
supporter of a number of women's charities and a recognized leader in the
advancement of women, we are thrilled to be part of an experience that reaches
out to communities of women of all ages."
The day began with a morning round of golf followed by a special clinic
on the golf driving range at Magna during which Ms. Sorenstam and Ms. Kane
showcased their skills. The second part of the day included a nine-hole
charity challenge featuring the two professionals and 18 of Canada's top
nationally ranked junior girl golfers. Nine qualifying foursomes played one
hole against Sorenstam and Kane to raise funds for the winner's charity of
Sorenstam and Kane each captained a team throughout the nine-hole event,
but also competed to win the overall nine-hole match. Together they
represented a variety of Canadian women's charities selected by Scotiabank.
Each group also included a nationally ranked Junior Girl golfer who competed
for their own pre-selected Canadian women's charities.
The event will be televised again this year and will air on TSN on
Saturday, October 27 at 12pm. The one-hour segment will include highlights
from the event and interviews with the golf duo.
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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 www.scotiabank.com.
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