For Immediate Release
Friday, August 15, 2014
Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic Sets New Record of $503,000
Country Artist Receives Overwhelming Support
Canadian country superstar and Sony Music Canada recording artist Gord Bamford generated an official record-setting $503,000 at the 7th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic in Alberta, Canada, August 13 and 14, 2014.
The Gala took place at the Red Deer Sheraton Exhibition Hall near Bamford’s hometown of Lacombe, Alberta, and featured Canadian rock icons Trooper, Warner Music Nashville artist Cowboy Troy, and Nashville songwriters Byron Hill, Phil O’Donnell, and Buddy Owens. Canadian country music artists Beverley Mahood, Jason Blaine and Aaron Pritchett each sang their current single, along with their favourite rock song.
“August is one of my favorite times of year. We’ll be able to do so much more giving as a result of this record-setting event. I’m grateful for those friends and artists who came out to support the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation, and I can’t wait to start giving back,” said Bamford.
Canadian women’s hockey team 2014 Gold medalists and current “Amazing Race Canada” participants Natalie Spooner & Meagan Mikkelson joined their gold medal winning teammates Shannon Szabados and Rebecca Johnston, at the annual event. Canadian Women’s Curling team gold medalists Kaitlyn Lawes and Jill Officer attended the event with NHL Hockey players Curtis Glencross and Matt Fraser, NHL alumni Theoren Fleury and Gilbert Dionne. Past Canadian and World Champion Rodeo Cowboys Davey Shields Jr. and brothers Rod & Denny Hay also attended.
The 750 people attending the sold-out event had their choice of nearly 70 auction items that included a signed Keith Urban Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, a Takamine acoustic signed by Blake Shelton, a Buddy Owens original painting of Robert Duvall and a Gord Bamford Private House Concert.
The celebrities, as well as Canadian Olympian gold medalists and NHL hockey players were auctioned to golf with guests and sponsors of the 7th annual event.
The event generates monies for the The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation. The 16-time Canadian Country Music Award-winning country music artist started the Foundation in 2008, and now to date has generated nearly $2 million, giving to charities such as children’s hospitals all across Canada, The Make a Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. His most recent donation was made during the JUNO Awards in March 2014, when his latest release, ‘Country Junkie’, was up for Best Country Album of the Year. At that time he committed another $100,000 to the MusiCounts Canada program which funds music programs in Canadian schools.
Bamford attributes much of the event’s success is due to the strong community-based support. Alberta-based businesses JEDCO Energy Services and Waschuk Pipeline Construction served as the event’s title sponsors, and Dow Chemical Canada as the venue sponsor.
“It’s overwhelming to think of what kind of difference The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation will be able to make because of our success, and I know our sponsors all feel the same way. I’m truly humbled,” says Bamford.
More information is available at www.gordbamford.com, www.gordbamfordfoundation.com or follow Bamford on Twitter @gordbamford.
Tracey Feist, Ground Words Communications
The successful event featured a songwriters’ round of (from L-R), Byron Hill, Gord Bamford, Phil O’Donnell and Buddy Owens, at the 7th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic Gala, held in Red Deer, AB, Wednesday, August 13, 2014.
PHOTO CREDIT: Snap In Time Photography, Ray Bradley
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