Gord Bamford Achieves 3 Million in Fundraising for his Charitable Foundation

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Gord Bamford Achieves 3 Million in Fundraising for his Charitable Foundation

Lacombe, Alberta – International country music star and Sony Music Canada recording artist Gord Bamford raised a total of $393,534 at the 10th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic in Alberta, Canada on August 9th and 10th, 2017. Meeting their fundraising goal, Gord and his committee are celebrating breaking the 3 million dollar mark with his charity. Monies from The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation are delivered to a variety of youth-centered charities across the country like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, MusicCounts, and Children’s Hospitals to name a few.

During the evening, Gord Bamford was also honoured with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters National Alumni Award for his Foundations contributions. Gord was enrolled in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program in the 6th grade and he credits his big brother for helping him stay on such a great path growing up.

Sponsored by ole Majorly Indie was a songwriters round that included Buddy Owens, Phillip White, Brice Long, and Brett Jones. On top of that, Dallas Smith and Gord himself entertained the 700+ people who attended the sold-out event. Well-known names from the sports world including Marty McSorley, Mark Recchi, Theo Fleury and Brad Gushue, just to name a few, were auctioned off to the golf teams who were given the opportunity to golf alongside their purchased celebrity the following day. Veterans of the event Kris Russel and Curtis Glencross found themselves in the celebrity auction once again.

Contributing to the fundraising total in the live auction was a trip to the Queen Charlotte Lodge which brought in $10,000, a live-painted Lewis Lavoie piece of art for $8,500, and the Calgary Flames Hockey Organization donated several experience packages that helped lift the overall fundraising total.

The Gala took place at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, Alberta near the central-Alberta town where Bamford grew up and the Lacombe Golf and Country Club hosted the golfers for the 10th straight year. Gord expressed his thanks for the overwhelming support that’s been received over the past decade from sponsors, volunteers, and the music community alike. Alberta-based business JEDCO Energy Services stepped up once again as title sponsor and Central Alberta’s biggest and most well-known hockey family, the Sutter’s, showed up bearing generous donations and participated in a special hot-stove interview for VIP guests.

“These are not just sponsorships, they’re friendships,’ said Bamford during a teary-eyed, heartfelt thank-you speech about supporters past and present who’ve come out to the event. “The event raised $70,000 in it’s first year and was born out of the idea to hold a small golf tournament and concert in the back of a flatbed truck. “To see it grow to this size, and to know that we’re making a true difference to charities means the world to me.”

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About the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation: As a not for profit organization, The Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth. As a Foundation we provide funds for initiatives that include or involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities that benefit youth across Canada.

Website: www.gordbamfordfoundation.com & www.gordbamford.com
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Gord Bamford Tournament Poised to Smash 3 Million in Funds Raised

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Gord Bamford Tournament Poised to Smash 3 Million in Funds Raised

Lacombe, Alberta – Alberta-based charity, The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation, is poised to break the 3 million dollar mark in total funds raised via the Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic. This year marks the 10th annual tournament and organizers have their eye on the goal of surpassing 3 million dollars.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be the recipient of many awards throughout my career, but the reward of being part of giving back is something that is very close to my heart,” said Gord.

With long time sponsors, some who have been around from day one, the foundation has flourished and been able to donate to charities across Canada from Children’s Hospitals to MusiCounts, and Bamford’s newest addition Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program. Local charities in Alberta have also reaped the benefits of this successful event from The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lacombe and District to Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.

Key sponsors of the event include JEDCO Energy Services and Waschuk Pipeline Construction Ltd.

Each year the tournament brings some of highest profile songwriters up from the Nashville music scene who have written songs for some of the biggest stars in country music. They participate in the concert by sharing stories and music from the world of country. Dallas Smith and, of course, Gord Bamford will put on a show for guests of the gala.

The event begins Wednesday, August 92017 at 5:30pm, at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, Alberta where 700+ guests will enjoy an evening of country music, fun, and philanthropy prior to a day on the golf course at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club on Thursday, August 10, 2017. 

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About the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation: As a not for profit organization, The Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth. As a Foundation we provide funds for initiatives that include or involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities that benefit youth across Canada.

Website: www.gordbamfordfoundation.com & www.gordbamford.com
Twitter: @gordbamford
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Event Hashtag: #GordBamfordCharityGolf

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The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation Announces New Partnership

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lacombe, Alberta – The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation is proud to announce its new partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities; a program that helps kids, who otherwise couldn’t afford to play, get in the game. Gord Bamford’s Foundation mission is to provide funds to youth supporting charities across Canada that involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities, so Jumpstart is a natural fit.

“Sports were a very important part of my life growing up. It’s not until you’re an adult that you realize all of the great lessons you’ve learned though sport. I’d never want to think of any child missing out on that opportunity,” said Bamford.

This year, Jumpstart will receive a $10,000 cheque from the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation. Jumpstart helps kids from families in financial need participate in organized sport and physical activity by helping cover the cost of registration, equipment and/or transportation. Whether it’s the opportunity to try a new sport or to continue with a favourite one, every kid deserves a sporting chance.

“For 11 years, Jumpstart has proudly helped more than 1.4 million kids get in the game,” said Landon French, President and CEO of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “We believe that sport does more than help kids stay active: it teaches life skills like courage, confidence and teamwork. On behalf of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, I am grateful for our partnership with the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation so more kids can play the sport they love.”

Bamford’s event has generated over 2.7 million dollars for charity over its decade long history, and this year’s sold out event is shaping up to be the best yet. Over the past year, notable donations include $50,000 to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lacombe & District, $10,000 to the Music Program at IWK Health Centre Foundation, and $10,000 to the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre to name a few.

As one of the most awarded artists in Canadian country music history, Bamford is nominated again this year for ‘Male Artist of The Year’ and the coveted CCMA’s ‘Fan’s Choice Award’. As one of five nominees, fans will be able to vote online or through social media for their favorite Canadian country artist of the year. The voting link https://fanvote.ccma.org/#/country-awards-2017 is open to the public now.

With only a few weeks to go until the 10th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic, which takes place August 9th and 10th in Red Deer and Lacombe, Alberta, the committee is busy organizing the country stars that will be flying in to perform, the exciting live auction items, and the celebrities that will be auctioned off to the golf teams.

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About the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation: As a not for profit organization, The Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth. As a Foundation we provide funds for initiatives that include or involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities that benefit youth across Canada.

Web: www.gordbamfordfoundation.com & www.gordbamford.com
Twitter: @gordbamford
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Trina Rathgeber

Capiche Marketing & Communications

trina@capiche.ca

403-921-5007

The Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic Reaches Milestone Year

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Thursday, July 13th 2017

             The Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic Reaches Milestone Year

Lacombe, Alberta – Celebrating a milestone 10th anniversary, the Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic is back with the mission of providing funds to youth supporting charities across Canada that involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities. 

Over it’s decade long history, the event has generated over 2.7 million dollars for charity. As the main source of funds to the Foundation, the Gord Bamford Foundation’s committee is dedicated to building it’s best event yet.

This year’s anniversary event will take place Wednesday, August 92017 at 5:30pm, at the Sheraton Hotel Exhibition Hall in Red Deer, Alberta. The private invitation-only Gala evening expects to see 700+ people come down to take in an evening of world-class country music, a red-hot dance floor, plenty of exciting live and silent auction items, and a gourmet dinner prepared by the chefs of the Sheraton Hotel. The golf portion of the event will be at the beautiful Lacombe Golf and Country ClubThursday, August 10, 2017 where 46 teams will take to the links for a fun-filled day of competition and golf course games.

“It’s hard to believe that we are celebrating the10th anniversary of this event. It all began in 2008 with a small golf tournament in Lacombe, Alberta to try and raise a few bucks for charity, and I have proudly watched it grow into the exciting event it is today, and even prouder to see the donations actually out there making a true difference for both kids and communities,” said Gord Bamford.

Excitement for the event has caught on in Lacombe, Alberta as local restaurant Cilantro and Chive launched the Bamford Burger 4 Good available for the month of July. $2 from each burger sold is being donated to the Gord Bamford Foundation.

This year Gord wishes to highlight the businesses, supporters, golfers, and sponsors who have been there from the start. Last August, the Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic raised $386,175. These funds were proudly distributed to a number of youth-serving charities like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe and District, KidSport Alberta, and Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta to name a few.

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About the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation: As a not for profit organization, The Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth. As a Foundation we provide funds for initiatives that include or involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities that benefit youth across Canada.

Web: www.gordbamfordfoundation.com www.gordbamford.com
Twitter: @gordbamford
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GordBamford1
Instagram: Thegordbamford

Event Hashtag: #GordBamfordCharityGolf

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A Few Good Surprises Unfolded at the 9th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic

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Monday, August 8, 2016

A Few Good Surprises Unfolded at the 9th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic

Lacombe, Alberta – Canadian country music star and Sony Music Canada recording artist Gord Bamford raised a total of $386,175 at the 9th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic in Alberta, Canada, August 3 and 4, 2016. Artists Bobby Wills, Tyler Connolly, Buddy Owens, Duane Steele, Beverley Mahood, and Gord himself took the stage and entertained the 700 people who attended the sold-out private event.

The Gala took place at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, near Bamford’s hometown of Lacombe, Alberta. Bamford contributes the event’s success to strong community supporters, the music community, and of course the sponsors and volunteers. Alberta-based businesses JEDCO Energy Services served as the event’s title sponsor, with Waschuk Pipeline Construction Ltd along with ETC Event Styling & Décor joining together as the venue sponsors.

Two surprises unfolded during the evening, first, a youngster who is part of the Make-A-Wish program of Northern Alberta was joined up on stage with Gord Bamford who granted him his wish of brand new roping gear so that the young man can continue participating in his favourite pastime. The second, was a visit up on stage from Gord Bamford’s Big Brother from the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lacombe & District, one of this year’s featured charities.

Gord1 Big Brother

On the golf course, for the first time ever at this tournament, a guest made a hole in one at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club which landed Robert Gardiner a $10,000 cash prize.

Contributing to the fundraising total were 2 private Gord Bamford concerts that were live auctioned off by auctioneer Danny Hooper for $25,000 each. A Top Shelf Experience donated by the Calgary Flames was also an exciting item up for bid. Celebrities and athletes were auctioned off to guests who paid up to $10,000 for the opportunity to have the celebrity join their golf team the following day. The list included, hockey players from the Bentley Generals, Curtis Glencross and Kris Russell, as well as Rodeo Champions Denny Hay, and Davey Shields Jr.

“Central Alberta is a wonderfully strong community that really knows how to rally behind a cause, despite the difficult economic times that Albertans are facing. The organizations we support change lives for the better, and we’re so proud to be part of so many worthwhile causes through our annual event,” said Bamford.

Monies from this event are the main source of fundraising for The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation and are delivered to a variety of youth-centered charities across the country. The next charity to receive a donation will be the London Children’s Health Foundation who be getting a $10,000 donation during Country Music Week at the upcoming CCMA’s in September.

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About the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation: As a not for profit organization, The Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth. As a Foundation we provide funds for initiatives that include or involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities that benefit youth across Canada.

Website: www.gordbamfordfoundation.com & www.gordbamford.com
Twitter: @gordbamford
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GordBamford1
Instagram: ThegordbamfordEvent Hashtag: #BamfordGolf2016
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Trina Rathgeber – Capiche Communications

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A Little Bit of Country and A Little Bit of Fundraising

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Lacombe, Alberta – A star-studded line up of performances including Tyler Connolly, lead singer from Theory of a Deadman, Beverley Mahood, Duane Steele, Bobby Wills, Buddy Owens, and of course Gord Bamford himself will be delivered this Wednesday, August 3rd at Gord Bamford’s 9th Annual Charity Golf Gala taking place at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, Alberta.

The event will deliver exciting live auction items including everything from a Calgary Flames Top Shelf Experience, to a Breakfast With Gord Bamford In Mexico Package, which includes a trip to the luxurious Marival Resort & Suites in Mexico. This includes a breakfast with Gord along with a 4 hour fishing excursion with him while the winners are there.

Adding to the excitement are several celebrities and athletes that will be auctioned off to the golf teams and companies who have sponsored the event, which allows them to enjoy a round of golf the next day with the celebrity they’ve purchased. To name a few, NHL players Kris Russell and Curtis Glencross, as well as pro rodeo cowboy Davey Shields Jr. have agreed to be auctioned off this year.

The private event will be co-emceed by singer/songwriter and television host Beverley Mahood and Chris Sheetz of CISN Country 103.9 in Edmonton. 700 guests are expected at the Red Deer, Alberta Sheraton Hotel, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3rd. The Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic takes place at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club in Bamford’s hometown the following day.

“It’s always an exciting week for The Foundation team and for myself, as I get to interact with some of the charities that we support, our sponsors and supporters, and of course pay a visit to my hometown,” said Bamford.

At the event, both Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Alberta and KidSport Alberta will be receiving their donation cheques from the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation.

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 About the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation: As a not for profit organization, The Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth. As a Foundation they provide funds for initiatives that include or involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities that benefit youth across Canada.

 

Website: www.gordbamfordfoundation.com

Twitter: @gordbamford
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GordBamford1
Instagram: Thegordbamford

Event Hashtag: #BamfordGolf2016

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Event Hashtag: #BamfordGolf2016

 

Together with Sponsors, Making Great Things Happen

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Lacombe, Alberta – Alberta-based business JEDCO Energy Services have stepped up to offer their support as the title sponsor of the 9th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic. Coming to the table for the past 3 years, the Gord Bamford Foundation is grateful for their ongoing commitment. Waschuk Pipeline Construction Ltd along with ETC Event Styling & Décor are this years’ venue sponsors. A welcome back to Red Deer’s KG Country and CTV Edmonton for their continued support, as they join up once again as the radio and television media sponsors.

For three years now, JEDCO Energy Services has been part of the title sponsorship. “Our support of the Bamford Charity Classic is driven by Gord’s passionate belief in helping others. Once again, we are honoured in assisting Gord through our sponsorship of this event,” says Duane Sokalski, Vice President & Construction Manager, JEDCO Energy Services.

Bamford understands the significance of sponsorship, especially as the Alberta economy faces yet another difficult year. “We know that events like ours are just not possible without strong sponsor support. We enjoy working with all of our sponsors, and are thrilled to see them return year after year,” says Bamford.

The featured charity at this event is the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lacombe & District as The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation has committed to providing them with $100,000 over the next 5 years to ensure they’ve got a new home location to serve even more youth than before. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Alberta and KidSport Alberta will be receiving cheques prior to the gala evening commencing.

The country-casual event begins Wednesday, August 32016 at 5:30pm, at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, Alberta where 700+ guests will enjoy an evening of country music, fun, and philanthropy prior to a day on the course at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club on Thursday, August 4, 2016. 

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About the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation: As a not for profit organization, The Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth. As a Foundation we provide funds for initiatives that include or involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities that benefit youth across Canada.

Website: www.gordbamfordfoundation.com & www.gordbamford.com
Twitter: @gordbamford
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GordBamford1
Instagram: Thegordbamford

Event Hashtag: #BamfordGolf2016

Direct Inquiries to:

Trina Rathgeber – Capiche Communications

Trina@capichecommunications.com

403-921-5007

Golfing for a Good Cause is Back with Gord Bamford This Summer

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Golfing for a Good Cause is Back with Gord Bamford This Summer

Lacombe, Alberta – For the 9th year in a row, the Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic is back with the mission of providing funds to youth supporting charities across Canada that involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities.

The Golf Classic’s board and committee members have continued to deliver on that mission year over year, generating over 2.3 million dollars since the first tournament in 2008. As the main source of funds to the Foundation, the Gord Bamford Foundation is hard at work building another fantastic event for attendees.

This year’s ‘country-casual’ event will take place Wednesday, August 32016 at 5:30pm, at the Sheraton Hotel Exhibition Hall in Red Deer, Alberta. The invitation-only Gala evening will see 750 people turn up to enjoy an evening of world-class country music, grassroots charm, exciting auction items, and a wonderful buffet dinner prepared by the Sheraton Hotel’s chefs. Golf tournament day will host a full golf course of 46 teams, and takes place at the Lacombe Golf and Country ClubThursday, August 4, 2016.

“I’m so very proud of what this event has achieved over the last 9 years and I’m always excited to reconnect with the supporters and friends that come out each and every year. It’s heartwarming, to say the least, to know that so many folks share my vision of supporting the deserving causes that the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation has chosen to give back to,” says Bamford.

Thanks to the generosity of businesses, supporters, golfers, and sponsors, the Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic raised a record-setting $508,350 last August of 2015. These funds were proudly distributed to a number of youth-serving charities like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe and District, KidSport Alberta, and MusiCounts just to name a few. Children’s hospital foundations across the country from Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax also benefited from the Charity Golf Classic.

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About the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation: As a not for profit organization, The Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth. As a Foundation we provide funds for initiatives that include or involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities that benefit youth across Canada.

Website: www.gordbamfordfoundation.com & www.gordbamford.com
Twitter: @gordbamford
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GordBamford1
Instagram: Thegordbamford

Event Hashtag: #BamfordGolf2016

 

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Trina Rathgeber – Capiche Communications

Trina@capichecommunications.com

403-921-5007

Gord Bamford Gives Back to A Charity That Helped Him as a Youngster

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

 

Gord Bamford Gives Back to A Charity That Helped Him as a Youngster

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe & District are set to receive $100,000 in funding from the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation over a 5 year term.  As the new title sponsor of the charities’ Building Campaign the hope is to build both the level and amount of services by giving the resources needed to create a permanent home for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe & District.

Gord’s first ever Charity Golf Tournament in Lacombe, Alberta took place in 2008 with the funding directed to the BBBS of Lacombe & District, and since, the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation has donated $130,000 to the charity. The timing of these funds were a real game changer as they helped not only save the charity, but assisted in growth and expansion as the organization jumped from serving 35 youth to 200. The charity was able to expand services to include Blackfalds and Eckville, and now currently serves all of Lacombe & County.

As a youngster in the program, Gord has experienced having a Big Brother of his own, and personally knows the benefits of having a mentor to rely on. “It makes this partnership just that much more meaningful. It allows me to express my gratitude, and to give to a charity whose mission I’ve benefited from first-hand,” said Bamford.

“The Board of Directors recognized the need for a new home for our organization. Our current situation was coming to an end, and we knew that meant some difficult times ahead. Gord and his Charitable Foundation Board saw our vision and the benefits of creating a permanent home, and we welcomed their offer to become our Title Sponsor. Our partnership with the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation is one we are proud of, and one of many partnerships we can rely on for the health and future of our operations” said Darcy Stingel, Board Director & Building Committee Member – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe & District.

 

About the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lacombe and District:

Big Brothers Big Sisters offers a wide range of mentoring opportunities to meet the varied needs of volunteers, children & youth and their families. Serving as role models, our mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and for having respect for family, peers and community. Whether it’s in the form of time or money there is no more important investment we as individuals can make than in helping our nation’s children realize – and share – their full potential.  “Unlocking a child’s true potential creates a future where anything is possible”

 

About the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation: As a not for profit organization, The Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth. As a Foundation we provide funds for initiatives that include or involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities that benefit youth across Canada.

 

Websites: www.gordbamfordfoundation.com & www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/lacombe

Twitter: @gordbamford
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GordBamford1

Contact Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation

Trina Rathgeber – Capiche Communications

Trina@capichecommunications.com

Mobile: 403-921-5007

Contact for Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Lacombe and District

Crystal Zens

crystal.zens@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

Phone: 403-782-7870

Gord Bamford Donates $10,000 to IWK Foundation in Halifax, NS Money will Help Support The Music Therapy Program

Gord Bamford Donates $10,000 to IWK Foundation in Halifax, NS
Money will Help Support The Music Therapy Program

Halifax, NS – As Halifax enjoys hosting the Canadian Country Music Association’s Country Music Week (September 10-13, 2015), Gord Bamford is helping keep the Music Therapy program healthy with a visit to the IWK Health Centre.

Bamford is donating $10,000 from his Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation to the Music Therapy program. The cheque presentation is set for 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 11th, 2015 at the IWK Health Centre.

Today’s donation will make a huge impact on the wellbeing of IWK patients by supporting the Health Centre’s pediatric music therapy program. “The IWK’s Child Life Music Therapy program is thrilled to once again be the recipient of Gord Bamford’s generosity,” said Darrel Cameron, Music Therapist Accredited, IWK Health Centre. “This donation will help to create opportunities by using music to engage patients in their health experience.”

The Canadian country musician loves to share the power of music, and knows just how impactful it is as a healing tool in healthcare settings. “It’s important to give back in any way you can and I focus on making kids a number one priority,” says Bamford, who recently generated $508,000 at his 8th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic held this past August in Central Alberta, “Music can have such an impact on a person’s mindset and well-being, and it’s a gift I truly enjoy sharing.”

The IWK Child Life’s Music Therapy program uses music as the main avenue for working on health care and quality of life goals with patients and their families. Music therapy sessions involve finding creative ways to incorporate music into a patient’s healing process. Studies have shown that through musical therapy, patients’ stress levels are reduced, sensory and cognitive skills are developed, and there is an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem.

Bringing home an award from the Canadian Country Music Awards 19 times, and garnering 6 nominations for this Sunday’s award show, including the dear-to-his-heart Fan’s Choice award, Gord Bamford continues to work toward delivering the best in country music and continuing his charitable efforts along the way.

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About the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation: As a not for profit organization, The Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth. As a Foundation we provide funds for initiatives that include or involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities that benefit youth across Canada. (www.gordbamfordfoundation.com)

Contact for Gord Bamford:
Trina Rathgeber – Capiche Communications
Trina@capichecommunications.com
Mobile: 403-921-5007
IWK Foundation Contact:
Kelly Duggan
Phone: 902-220-8029
Email: kelly.duggan@iwk.nshealth.ca