Sponsors Support Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic Gala

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sponsors Support Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic Gala JEDCO, Waschuk Pipeline, Dow Canada Key Supporters

 Three Alberta-based businesses JEDCO Energy Services, Waschuk Pipeline Construction and Dow Canada have all stepped up to offer their financial support of the 7th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic.

And for the first time in the event’s history two companies—JEDCO Energy Services and Waschuk Pipeline Construction Ltd.—are sharing the title sponsorship. “JEDCO’S charitable mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work by supporting an organization like the GB Charity Classic, that addresses vital needs and issues in the areas of human services. We are honored to support Gord and his efforts through this event,” says Duane Sokalski, Vice President& GM, JEDCO Energy Services. Wes Waschuk, president of Waschuk Pipeline agrees: “Becoming involved with the Gord Bamford Foundation is very important to Waschuk Pipelines, as we both have the same goal: to give back some of our success to those who need it.” This is the third year for Dow Canada to participate as the venue sponsor. “Dow’s corporate citizenship program illustrates our commitment through preserving and investing in our communities. Collaboration is a cornerstone of Dow’s outreach approach and by partnering with the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation it allows us to make a valuable impact on the nonprofit organizations in our community,” says Shawna Bruce, Public Affairs Manager for Dow Chemical Canada. Also new for this year is the addition of CTV Edmonton’s support, coming on board as the event’s television sponsor. “I’ve watched Gord give away guitars to kids during his concerts and as someone who has spent his whole life with a guitar within reach, I applaud this initiative that creates opportunities for others to enjoy the gifts that only music can bring,” says Lloyd Lewis, Vice President and General Manager of CTV Edmonton.

Bamford acknowledges that the Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic is successful because of the support from these key businesses. “I can’t thank them enough for their kindness and generosity towards this event, that only keeps getting bigger and better each year. I applaud their willingness to give back,” says Bamford.

This year’s installment begins on Wednesday, August 13, at 4:30 pm, at the Sheraton Hotel Exhibition Hall in Red Deer, Alberta. The invitation-only Gala evening hosts over 750 people. The golf event hosts 42 teams, and takes place at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club Thursday, August 14, 2014.

The official Hashtag for the 2014 Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic: #GordGives

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Major Heroes Sponsors

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Arnett & Burgess Pipeliners Hydrodig
Alberta Sports Vision Institute Intact Insurance / Sims & Associates
Apparel Solutions Kindopp’s Digital Printing
Ashley Gelmici-McTavish Real Estate McCaws Drilling & Blasting Ltd.
ATB Business & Agriculture Services McMeekin Resources
Booster Juice MNP Lacombe
Crazy Horse Casing / 20X Ranching Prairie Bus Lines
Crimtech Services Ltd. Property Solutions
D.J. Will Holdings Limited Scollard Energy Inc.
Downton’s Transport SONY Entertainment Canada
East Country Electric TBR Contracting
GCS Energy Services The Phone Experts
Hoopfer Construction Vold Jones Vold

Canadian Rock Band Trooper Attends Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic Gala

Nashville’s Cowboy Troy Joins Gala & Golf

Legendary Canadian rock band Trooper is ready to rock the 7th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic Gala held in Red Deer on August 13, 2014.

The Juno-award winning rock band’s 10 studio albums have earned multiple gold and platinum awards and their 6 X Platinum greatest hits, Hot Shots, continues to be one of Universal Music Canada’s best-selling catalog CDs and one of the country’s most enduring party soundtracks.

“We are excited about adding a rock element to the 7th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic,” says Gord Bamford. “Our Gala evening is always a night to remember and I know that our featured guests are going to bring the house down with their talent and enthusiasm.”

Cowboy Troy, one of the original members of Nashville’s Muzik Mafia and familiar face performing over the years with the group Big & Rich, is also ready to head to central Alberta. “I’m really excited about the opportunity to assist Gord with his charitable endeavors. He’s a great guy and his willingness to help others, through his Foundation, makes the rest of us want to jump in and lend a hand,” says Cowboy Troy.

Other confirmed celebrities for the invitation-only Gala event include Nashville songwriters Byron Hill, Phil O’Donnell, and Buddy Owens, as well as Canadian country artists Jason Blaine, Beverley Mahood, Aaron Pritchett and Duane Steele. Along with Bamford, the group of artists will perform two songs for the Gala attendees—one song that shows they are both a little bit country & a little bit rock ‘n roll.

A number of Olympians will also be attending the Gala and Golf. They include: Canadian women’s hockey team 2014 Gold medalists and current “Amazing Race Canada” participants Natalie Spooner & Meaghan Mikkelson along with their gold medal winning teammate Shannon Szabados and Rebecca Johnston, gold medalist, 2010 Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team. Also joining us from anotherfamiliar sheet of ice are Kaitlyn Lawes and Jill Officer, the 2014 Canadian Women’s Curling team gold medalists. Also attending the event will be NHL Hockey players Curtis Glencross and Kris Russell, as well as NHL alumni Theoren Fleury. Past Canadian and World Champion Rodeo Cowboys Davey Shields Jr. and brothers Rod & Denny Hay have also confirmed their attendance.

This year’s installment begins on Wednesday, August 13, at 4:30 pm, at the Sheraton Hotel Exhibition Hall in Red Deer, Alberta. The invitation-only Gala evening hosts over 750 people. The golf event hosts 42 teams, and takes place at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club Thursday, August 14, 2014.

Over $355,000 was generated on August 6, 2013 thanks to the generous businesses and supporters of the Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic. The dollars generated at this event support organizations that make a difference in the lives of underprivileged youth and multi-use facilities all across Canada and include groups such as the Make a Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Last fall Bamford donated $100,000 ($10,000 each) to 10 different Children’s Hospitals across Canada, and made another $100,000 commitment to the MusiCounts Canada program, to help fund music programs in Canadian schools.

The official Hashtag for the 2014 Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic: #GordGives.

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***MEDIA: Celebrity photos are available at: www.gordbamfordfoundation.com

2014 Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic:

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Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic Set for August 13, 14, 2014

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For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 17, 2014

SAVE THE DATE!
Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic Set for August 13, 14, 2014

Gord Bamford is always up for a good game of golf, but when it comes to his Charitable Foundation, he’s especially ready to win.

That win usually translates into monies raised for his Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation, which has generated $1.5 million since its inception in 2008. Each year Bamford uses his annual Charity Golf Classic as the main source to fund his Foundation.

This year’s installment begins on Wednesday, August 13, at 4:30 pm, at the Sheraton Hotel Exhibition Hall in Red Deer, Alberta. The invitation-only Gala evening hosts over 750 people. The golf event hosts 42 teams, and takes place at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club, Thursday, August 14, 2014.

“We are proud of the Foundation that we’ve built from the ground up. It’s a wonderful event to be able to reflect on those things we all take for granted, family, friends and most importantly, our health,” says Bamford.

Over $355,000 was generated on August 6, 2013 thanks to the generous businesses and supporters of the Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic. The dollars generated at this event support organizations that make a difference in the lives of underprivileged youth and multi-use facilities all across Canada. Those groups include the Make a Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Last fall Bamford donated $100,000 ($10,000 each) to 10 different Children’s Hospitals across Canada, and made another $100,000 commitment to the MusiCounts Canada program, to help fund music programs in Canadian schools.

Watch for more information next week about the story behind the official Hashtag for the 2014 Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic: #GordGives

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

 

Media are encouraged to attend the event and register their attendance with Media Director Tracey Feist. Please contact her at:

Tracey Feist, Ground Words Communications
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WINNIPEG’S JEFF KULA PRESENTED WITH 2014 TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM MUSICOUNTS AND 2014 JUNO AWARD NOMINEE GORD BAMFORD

$100,000 TO BE CONTRIBUTED TO MUSICOUNTS PROGRAMS THROUGH THE GORD BAMFORD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

JUNO Award Nominee Gord Bamford and MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award Recipient, Jeff Kula

WINNIPEG, MB – Shocked and amazed are some of the many words to describe the reaction of local Winnipeg music teacher Jeff Kula of River East Collegiate (REC) as MusiCounts presented him with the 2014 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award at a surprise assembly today. Announced by Allan Reid, Director, MusiCounts, to an auditorium filled with students and faculty, the award was officially presented by 2014 JUNO Award Country Album of the Year nominee, Gord Bamford.

The MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award recognizes the incredible, dedicated and hard-working music teachers in Canada who encourage music education for many young Canadians.

Sponsored by the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation this year, Bamford was on-hand to present the award and additionally announce a generous contribution of $100,000 that will be given to MusiCounts programs over the next three years.

“If I wouldn’t have started music at a young age, and started in school, I probably wouldn’t be where I’m at today,” says Bamford. “It creates dreams. It’s a dream I eventually started chasing, and it’s come true for me. It all started in grade four and I have my teacher to thank for that. I want to make a difference, and giving back is the most rewarding thing that I’ve been able to do.”

For Kula, the award recognizes his 27-year career, 15 of which have been spent as the sole full-time Instrumental Music Director at REC. Of the 950 students who attend the collegiate, 20% are enrolled in the music program due to his leadership, reputation and ability to motivate students to produce music. Over the years, he has established a variety of instrumental groups including concert band, jazz percussion ensembles and small chamber groups. Beyond the already extensive hours that his music program demands, he is extremely generous with his time, often accompanying young players to the music store on weekends to help them get mouthpieces and driving forgotten instruments to students’ homes around the city. Known as an innovator that inspires the next generation of musicians, Kula has implemented student-produced videos and art as part of band performances, clinics with veteran session players, and placement in competitions throughout North America for students to participate in.

In honour of Kula’s dedication, he will receive $10,000, a solid crystal JUNO Award statuette, plus VIP treatment throughout JUNO Week including recognition at the Chairman’s Reception, attending the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards and a walk on the red carpet at the 2014 JUNO Awards Broadcast. An additional $10,000 contribution will be made to River East Collegiate’s music program.

“Each year we receive a number of nominations on behalf of teachers who impact school communities across Canada,” says Allan Reid, Director, MusiCounts. “Choosing the one recipient of this annual award is never easy, but Jeff Kula’s commitment to his students and how he goes above and beyond the call of duty of a music teacher exemplifies the reason that we established this award to begin with.”

“It’s an honour to have been named the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year,” says Jeff Kula. “My satisfaction comes from trying to help my students progress and have their own successes to whatever extent that is. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with a group of wonderful young people on a daily basis.”

*To learn more about MusiCounts’ Teacher of the Year Award visit here.

**To download hi-res images from today’s event visit here.
Photo credit: David Lipnowski Photography

About MusiCounts
MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is helping to keep music alive in schools across Canada. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances or cultural background, have access to music programs through their schools. MusiCounts includes Band Aid musical instrument grants, the TD Community Music Grants, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. MusiCounts is funded by annual contributions by Bell Media; TD; SiriusXM Canada; the Slaight Family Foundation; Music Canada, Vista Radio, Morningstar Canada and supported since inception by Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.; Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada Ltd.; along with JUNO Songwriters’ Circle presented by SOCAN in association with Manitoba Film & Music and The Asper Foundation as well as JUNO Cup. Since MusiCounts’ establishment in 1997, nearly $7,000,000 will have been awarded to help support music education in Canada. These funds have impacted over 600 school communities from coast to coast, supported over 300 post-secondary music program graduates and honoured nine extraordinary music teachers through the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award.

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Gord Bamford Shows the Spirit of Giving with $30,000 Donation

Gord Bamford Shows the Spirit of Giving with $30,000 Donation
Several Central Alberta Charities to Benefit

 (Lacombe, AB) Gord Bamford is celebrating the spirit of Christmas early this year by donating $30,000 from his Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation to five central Alberta charities.

The organizations that will benefit include: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe and District ($10,000), Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre ($5,000), McMan Youth and Family Community Services Association ($5,000), Lacombe Minor Baseball ($5,000), and The Ronald McDonald House, Central Alberta ($5,000).

This is the time of year when some of these charities are in great need of support,” explains Bamford. “Thanks to the resounding success of our 2013 Charitable Foundation Golf Classic where we raised a record $355,000, we are in a position to help these important organizations that support the central Alberta community.”

Corinne Szepesi, Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation manager will be making the first of these five donations on behalf of Bamford on the following dates:

  • December 11: Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Lacombe Minor Baseball
  • December 12:  Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre, Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta
  • December 17:  McMan Youth and Family Community Services (Tentative)

The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation offers under privileged youth and single parent families in Canada an equal opportunity in life by providing monies to support education, health care and music. Furthermore, it is a Foundation goal to improve communities for Canadian youth through the construction or improvement of multiuse facilities.

Bamford, is a 16-time Canadian Country Music Association award winner, and two-time Juno Award nominee. He recently won the 2013 CCMA Album of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Record Producer(s) of the Year. His 6th studio album Country Junkie was released on October 8, 2013 and Bamford achieved his first number one hit single “When Your Lips Are So Close” on November 18, 2013.

In 2013, The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation gave $140,000 to select charities, all across Canada. More about Bamford can be found at www.gordbamford.com and www.gordbamfordfoundation.com or you can follow him on Twitter: @GordBamford.

Contact:
Corinne Szepesi
Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation
cchairbiz@aol.com
403-786-9175

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The following are the December, 2013 recipients of the combined $30,000 donation from the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation:

 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe and District ($10,000)
As Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.

Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre ($5,000)
For 25 years, the CAPCC has been serving not only the underprivileged youth of the communities of Central Alberta, but also anyone facing a pregnancy related issue. All services are free and confidential, and available to anyone, regardless of age, race, income, nationality, religious affiliation or circumstance.  In 2010, we served an average of 82 clients per month, with the majority of our clientele being underprivileged youth and single parent families.

McMan Youth and Family Community Services Association ($5,000)
McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association is embarking on a new pathway in the hope of continuing service to youth and families.  With knowing there are very little services in Alberta for teens who truly want to rid their lives of addiction, it is the hope of McMan is to provide a residential stay program (affliliated with the renowned Seven Challenges program) for up to six months of addiction counselling and treatment.

Lacombe Minor Baseball Association ($5,000)
Support of the Lacombe Minor Baseball Association will allow the organization to purchase any much needed equipment and uniforms, as well as keep baseball affordable for all families within the great city of Lacombe. Funds will be used to update equipment, uniforms, maintaining batting cages and ball field equipment.

Ronald McDonald House, Central Alberta ($5,000)
The Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta has welcomed over 440 families since its doors opened in February, 2012. The House provides a safe, affordable, comfortable and compassionate home away from home for sick children and their families.

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ME Global Athletic Park Benefits from $25,000 Gord Bamford Donation

Money Assists with Funding 8-Lane Regulation Running Track

 (Lacombe, AB) Staying true to his word in supporting kids and community, Gord Bamford will be presenting a $25,000 cheque to the Lacombe Athletic Park Association at 1:30 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Bamford recently generated $355,000 at his 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic on August 7, 2013. The $25,000 donation will assist the L.A.P.A. in realizing its dream of completing an eight lane regulation running track that surrounds the artificial turf under the lights at MEGlobal Athletic Park in Lacombe.

“The Lacombe Athletic Park Association (L.A.P.A.) is very appreciative of the support that Gord and his foundation have given to this project throughout the past few years.  Our facility is home to kids and families who benefit from healthy physical activities, sense of community, and the values that come with being involved in team sports.  Without the commitment to the community and the generosity of organizations like the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation, this facility would not exist and our community would not have access to the benefits of ME Global Athletic Park,” says Darren Gagnon, L.A.P.A. chairperson.

L.A.P.A. is organizing its funding to complete the final phase of a project that started with a dream over seven years ago.  The rubberized surfaced track and accompanying field athletics facilities will cost $1.2 million but will be the final major phase of construction at the park.

“This type of community project is exactly what the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation wishes to support,” says Bamford. “The park will allow for generations of new children and families to enjoy athletic activities, and all important family time. I know my family will look forward to using it.”

MEGlobal Athletic Park is currently home to Lacombe Composite High School rugby, soccer and football teams, Central Alberta Field Lacrosse, and several football organizations in Central Alberta.  The facility has hosted Soccer, Rugby, Running events, sports camps, and non-sports community events in the past few years. It is expected about 40,000 people enter the facility throughout the year, but will increase with the new track and field event facilities.

Bamford, is a 16-time Canadian Country Music Association award winner, and two-time Juno Award nominee. He recently won the CCMA Album of the Year (presented by Walmart), CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Record Producer(s) of the Year for 2013. His 6th studio album Country Junkie will be released on October 8, 2013. More about Bamford can be found at www.gordbamford.com.

The L.A.P.A. (www.lacombeathleticpark.ca) has subleased land from the City of Lacombe, and operates MEGlobal Athletic Park with the mandate to provide a premier outdoor sports venue for minor sports in Lacombe and Central Alberta.

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“Without the commitment to the community and the generosity of organizations like the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation, this facility would not exist and our community would not have access to the benefits of ME Global Athletic Park,” says Darren Gagnon, L.A.P.A. chairperson, seen here shaking Gord Bamford’s hand during the cheque presentation on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Field Logo

Gord Bamford’s Charitable Foundation logo will be cut into the grass surface on the MEGlobal Athletic Park football field. “Knowing that the money we generate through our Foundation will help thousands of kids stay healthy by staying active helps fulfill my dream of giving back to the community that gave so much to me,” says Bamford.

Gord Bamford Donates $10,000 to Alberta Children’s Hospital

Money Assists with Funding Music Therapy Program

 (Calgary, AB) Keeping the sound of music alive at the Alberta Children’s Hospital is priority of Canadian country music superstar Gord Bamford.

To help with that effort, Bamford is donating $10,000 from his Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation to the Alberta Children’s Hospital’s Music Therapy Program.

“Helping children in hospital to express themselves through music is a big part of their healing. For some, it represents what can’t be put into words,” says Saifa Koonar, President and CEO of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We’re grateful to live in a community where people recognize how vital programs like Music Therapy are to a child’s emotional and physical well-being.”

Bamford understands this first-hand. During his visits to a many children’s hospitals across Canada, he has seen how music gives children something to look forward to. “Music is that universal language that we all speak. It has that power to allow us to escape whatever is happening in our lives, even if it is just for a brief moment,” says Bamford. Bamford recently generated $355,000 at his Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic held on August 7, 2013.

Music therapy is a therapeutic method of effecting change both physically and mentally. Marc Houde, a Music Therapist in the Music Therapy Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital explains that music, whether it be on the piano, guitar or drums, helps kids to either express what they are feeling which can boost their mood, and in turn, boost their immune system.  He says it also helps them to feel normal or even boosts their energy.

Bamford, is a 16-time Canadian Country Music Association award winner, and two-time Juno Award nominee. He recently won the CCMA Album of the Year (presented by Walmart), CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Record Producer(s) of the Year for 2013. The CCMA also recognized Bamford as its 2010 Humanitarian of the Year for his charitable contributions.

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation (www.childrenshospital.ab.ca) raises funds for excellence in child health, research and family centred care. As the official fundraising body for the Alberta Children’s Hospital, all money raised by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation is re-invested in the hospital and child health needs in this region.

Bamford’s complete biography can be found on his website at www.gordbamford.com.

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Marc Houde, Music Therapist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital says music is a great distraction for the pain a child might be experiencing, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes. Says Gord Bamford, “I am just a guy with a guitar. But I have seen first-hand, the power of music when it comes to healing.”

Gord Bamford Donates $10,000 to Stollery Children’s Hospital

Gord Bamford Donates $10,000 to Stollery Children’s Hospital
Money will Help Fund Music Therapy Program

(Edmonton, AB) As Edmonton gears up for the Canadian Country Music Association’s Country Music Week (September 5-8th, 2013), Gord Bamford is helping to keep the Sound of Music alive over at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Bamford is donating $10,000 from his Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation to the Stollery’s Music Therapy Program. The cheque presentation is set for 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 5, 2013.

“This money will go to support our music therapy program; a program that touches the lives of many children and promotes healthy coping strategies in the midst of hospital treatment,” says Dianne Tuterra, Child Life Team Leader at the Stollery. “The Stollery Children’s Hospital is thrilled to be receiving a $10,000 donation from the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation. Thanks to ongoing support from community donors like Gord Bamford, we are able to provide a continuing music therapy program.”

The Canadian country musician understands the power of music. “It’s important to give back and I make kids a priority,” explains Bamford, who recently generated $355,000 at his Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic held on August 7, 2013. “When music can take a child’s pain away, even for just a brief moment, that is truly a powerful gift.”

Music therapy sessions can be done individually at the child’s bedside or in small groups in children’s rooms or in a common area in the unit. There is also a weekly group session on The Beach, the largest playroom at the Stollery. The Music Therapy Program at the Stollery Children’s Hospital began in November of 2011.

Bamford, a nine-time CCMA award winner, and two-time Juno Award nominee, is the lead nominee going into the 2013 CCMA awards being held in Edmonton, September 5-8, 2013. Bamford is nominated for CCMA Fans’ Choice, Album of the Year (presented by Walmart), CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Record Producer(s) of the Year, and Male Artist of the Year.

The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation is dedicated to enhancing health services for children by raising money to support the Stollery Children’s Hospital and programs that promote health, prevent disease and treat illness and injury. Funding provided by the Foundation supports health services for children through education, research, special services and acquisition of equipment.

Bamford’s complete biography can be found on his website at www.gordbamford.com.

Children
Children are enjoying their weekly music therapy session seen here at the “Beach”, the largest playroom at the Stollery. Says Gord Bamford, “I enjoy connecting with those kids who are so positive, even when faced with such adversity. I am just a guy with a guitar. But I have seen first-hand, the power of music when it comes to healing.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: Gord Bamford Presents $10,000 to Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital

Gord Bamford Presents $10,000 to Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital

DATE:              Thursday, September 5, 2013

TIME:               2 p.m.

LOCATION:   Stollery Children’s Hospital, Walter McKenzie Centre, 8440 112 Street, Edmonton, AB

DETAILS:       Media are asked to gather at the main entrance of the Walter McKenzie Centre at the 112th street entrance at 1:50 p.m. SHARP where they will be escorted to the cheque presentation.

WHY:              Canadian Country Superstar and Sony Music recording artist Gord Bamford will present a $10,000 cheque to Dianne Tuterra, Child Life Team Leader, Stollery Children’s Hospital to help fund the Stollery Children’s Hospital’s Music Therapy Program.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Both Gord Bamford and Dianne Tuterra will be available after the official cheque presentations for interviews.

More about Gord Bamford can be found on his website at www.gordbamford.com.

Contact:

Tracey Feist, Ground Words Communications

Cell: 720-254-6194

Email: tracey@groundwords.com

GORD BAMFORD CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC RAISES $355,000

GORD BAMFORD CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC RAISES $355,000
6th Annual Event Supports the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation

(LACOMBE, AB) Gord Bamford isn’t afraid of a little challenge. In fact he met it head on, in true cowboy style, and raised $355,000 for the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.

Since 2008, Bamford has generated over $1 million dollars through The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation to support organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe, in addition to several children’s hospitals across Canada.

“Once again this event never ceases to amaze me and I’m thrilled that we surpassed our set goal of raising $300,000. From the talented musicians who perform and donate their time, to the sponsors who always support us, we are able to help those in need. These are great people and we look forward to working with them every year,” says Bamford. “$355,000 is a lot of money that will help many!”

Tyler Gauthier of Sylvan Lake, Alberta was selected as the Make-A-Wish Foundation recipient. Last fall Tyler was diagnosed on December 21, 2012 with an acoustic neuroma tumor. Tyler and his family were present at the Gala to accept the $10,000 cheque on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Alberta. Tyler and his family will be heading out on a Disney cruise on December 7, 2013.

“We were all very touched to be included in such a wonderful evening. The wish families let us know that the program and festivities were very meaningful to them and all they had been through. It was an extraordinary way to celebrate their wish journey and meet the amazing people that brought their wishes to life,” says Joanne Crook, a volunteer wish grantor with Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe and the ME Global Athletic Park of Lacombe will also benefit from some of the proceeds raised at the 2013 event.

Canadian music royalty wowed the 700 people in attendance at the August 7th Gala. Michelle Wright, Aaron Pritchett, Deric Ruttan, Emerson Drive’s Brad Mates, Beverley Mahood, Patricia Conroy, Tera Lee, as well as American singer/songwriters Phil O’Donnell, Buddy Owens and Justin McBride all performed.

Title sponsors PennWest Exploration and Venue sponsor Dow Chemical Canada were joined by Heroes sponsors ATB Business & Agriculture, Downton’s Transport, Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson, Lacombe Ford, M & N Construction, Quinn Contracting Ltd., Sims & Associates Insurance Services and Viking Projects Ltd.

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Gord Bamford talks with Make A Wish Foundation recipient Tyler Gauthier at the 6th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic, August 7, 2013.

Gord Bamford poses with Make-A-Wish Foundation Northern Alberta Representatives and wish recipient Tyler Gauthier.