GORD BAMFORD CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC SELLS OUT

GORD BAMFORD CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC SELLS OUT
6th Annual Event Supports the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation

(LACOMBE, AB) The golf teams are full and the Gala evening Exhibition Hall will be filled to capacity, making it a full house for the 6th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic, August 7 and 8, 2013.

Since 2008, Bamford has generated over $1 million dollars through The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation (GBCF) to support organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as a numerous children’s hospitals across Canada.

The annual charity golf classic is the vehicle Bamford uses to generate the funds for that Foundation. Each year, top Canadian musicians perform at the pre-golf Gala event, and then are auctioned off to the highest bidder for a place on their golf team. Over 675 people are expected at Gala event, which includes a multitude of Juno and Canadian Country Music Association winning musicians.
Some of Canada’s best in Canadian music will perform on August 7th: JD Fortune (formerly with INXS), Michelle Wright, Aaron Pritchett, Deric Ruttan, Emerson Drive’s Brad Mates, Beverley Mahood, and Patricia Conroy, as well as American singer/songwriters Buddy Owens and Justin McBride.

“With our Gala selling out we expect 675 of our closest friends, sponsors and musicians to be at the Sheraton Red Deer supporting the Gord Bamford Foundation. I am looking forward to next week, and to the monies we raise for those families and children who need it most,” says Bamford.

Keith Luft, Penn West Exploration Senior Vice President will be in the room that night witnessing the events. “The personal commitment from community leaders like Gord and his group is something really special which we wanted to support. It provides a truly unique and “grassroots” opportunity for Penn West to engage in the community and create a positive impact where we live, work and play.” Title sponsor PennWest Exploration is joined by venue sponsor Dow Chemical Canada.

The 2013 event begins with the Celebrity gala, at 4:30 p.m., August 7, at the Red Deer Sheraton Hotel Exhibition Hall. The Charity Golf Classic begins at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club at 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 8.

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Highlights of the 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic

Highlights

Since 2008, The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation has held an annual charity golf tournament. This year was the fifth annual tournament, and a milestone for the foundation as we have now raised just over 1$ Million. Here are some of the highlights:

  • $270,000 raised
  • Change of Venue to Lacombe Arena

The $270, 000 was raised through ticket sales, sponsorship,  a silent auction and a live celebrity auction and fun events on the course. This brings the five-year total  to over 1$ Million raised. These dollars are already making a difference.

Last year’s funds went to help build the Ronald McDonald house in Central Alberta and at this year’s gala a presentation was made to the Make a Wish foundation to send a child to Disney in Hawaii.

Title sponsor PennWest Exploration is already excited to get involved next year:

“Every year we participate in the tournament, our company is impressed by the quality and professionalism of this organization while at the same time, maintaining all of its rural values and charm,” says Keith Luft.

“Gord and his team hit a milestone this year and, in doing so, have really stepped up for the charities they support. Penn West and its employees are proud to be a part of this amazing volunteer foundation that gives so much back – see you next year!”

Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic does it again!

Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic does it again! $270 000 raised for youth in Alberta
Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation year total now over $1 million raised

(Lacombe, AB – August 7, 2012) July 31 and August 1, 2012 saw many country recording artists, NHL stars and other celebs hit the links in Lacombe, Alberta to help local favourite Gord Bamford in his charitable efforts for the fifth year in a row.

Bamford was, as always, happy with the success of the event. “Another unforgettable event that raised a pile of money once again. It’s very humbling being involved with such a great committee and the Lacombe Golf and Country Club was in perfect shape. Thanks to all who participated.”

The $270 000 was raised through a combination of ticket sales, sponsorships, auctions (both silent and a live celebrity auction) and fun events on the course. The funds raised this year bring the 5 year total of the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation to over a million dollars raised. And these dollars are already making a difference. For example: last year, funds went to help build the Ronald McDonald house in Central Alberta and at this year’s gala a presentation was made to the Make a Wish foundation to send a child to Disney in Hawaii.

Title sponsor PennWest Exploration is already excited to get involved next year, “Every year we participate in the tournament our company is impressed by the quality and professionalism of this organization while at the same time, maintaining all of its rural values and charm”, says Keith Luft. “Gord and his team really hit a milestone this year and in doing so have really stepped up for the charities they support. Penn West and its employees are proud to be a part of this amazing volunteer foundation that gives so much back – see you next year!”

Gord can now look forward to the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards, where he is honored with an incredible 6 nominations (16 including all his associated nominations), including Male Artist of the Year, and will be one of the evening’s featured performers. Fans of Gord also have the chance to participate in this year’s CCMA Awards by voting for him to be this year’s Fans’ Choice Award recipient. To cast your vote, please click here: http://ccma.adbeast.com/fanschoice/

Gord Bamford’s Country Christmas Tour heads to Alberta Schools

Gord Bamford’s Country Christmas concert tour is coming to 12 Alberta schools, kicking off at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre on Friday, November 25, 2011.

Each school’s choir/musical group from the selected tour locations will perform as Bamford’s opening musical act.

“Last year was the first time we played our Christmas concert tour at select schools in rural Alberta. It was very well received and based on that experience, we wanted to expand the tour and make it bigger and better. We believe in the arts and in supporting music programs in rural schools across Alberta,” says Bamford.

Before each concert, the schools’ musical group will have a chance to meet the 2010 Canadian Country Music Male Artist of The Year. The participating children will receive free admission for taking part in the concert. After they sing their Christmas carols, Bamford will perform an hour-long Christmas concert with his full five-piece band.

“The prospect of having Gord Bamford perform at our school with students has raised a real positive buzz in this community. I believe it will be the social highlight of the year. I am receiving calls from people living across the province anticipating coming to Warburg for the first time to attend this upcoming concert. We are looking forward to being good hosts to Gord and showing off our talented youth to guests coming to take in this concert,” says Warburg school principal Howard Rasmusson.

The confirmed locations for Gord Bamford’s Country Christmas concert tour are:

  • Morinville, Alberta: Friday, November 25
  • Lethbridge, Alberta: Wednesday, November 30 (ATB)
  • Crossfield, Alberta: Friday, December 2 (ATB)
  • Cochrane, Alberta: Saturday, December 3 (ATB)
  • Drayton Valley, Alberta: Sunday, December 4 – (Drayton Valley Ford)
  • Warburg, Alberta: Tuesday, December 6 (Daylight Energy)
  • Wetaskiwin, Alberta: Wednesday, December 7 (ATB)
  • Whitecourt, Alberta: Thursday, December 8 (ATB)
  • Beaverlodge, Alberta: Friday, December 9 (ATB)
  • Coronation, Alberta: Monday, December 12 (ATB)
  • Pincher Creek, Alberta: Wednesday, December 14 (ATB)
  • Hussar, Alberta: Friday, December 16

Tickets officially go on sale on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 and are priced at $35, with free tickets available for children six and under. They are available for purchase at each school named above, at www.gordbamford.com and at the following ATB Financial locations across Alberta: Beaverlodge, Cochrane, Coronation, Crossfield, Lethbridge, Wetaskiwin, Whitecourt and Pincher Creek.

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

(Hamilton, ON) When Gord Bamford was asked to perform at the McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario as part of the kick off to the 2011 Country Music Week by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), Bamford felt it was important to give the kids more than just a song.

He donated $10,000 from his Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation to the McMaster Children’s Hospital to assist with their health care programs at a special presentation held this afternoon.

“I regularly visit children’s hospitals, and I love giving back to those who need it most,” explained Bamford, after performing for the children. “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. I can only hope my donation will make a difference to those children currently at the McMaster Children’s Hospital.” Bamford won the CCMA’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2010.

Bamford, a seven-time CCMA award winner, and two-time Juno Award nominee, has been nominated in four CCMA award categories for 2011: Single of the Year (My Daughter’s Father), Songwriter(s) of the Year (Put Some Alcohol on It), and CMT Video of the Year (My Daughter’s Father). Bamford was again nominated in the exclusive Male Artist of the Year category.

McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH) is one of the top pediatric academic health science centres in Canada that serves the special and unique healthcare needs of children using a family-centred model of care. Each year MCH has approximately 180,000 visits to our subspecialty clinics, diagnostic areas, emergency department, inpatient wards and operating rooms.

2011 4th Annual Charity Golf Classic

Gord Bamford raises $273,000 at 2011 Charity Golf Tournament

(Edmonton, AB) Gord Bamford and friends recently raised $273,000 for the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation at his 4th annual 2011 Charity Golf Tournament held in Lacombe August 4 and 5th, 2011.

The money generated goes to support Bamford’s Foundation, which provides support for education, music, and health care in order to improve the quality of life for families living across Canada.

“We keep pushing ourselves every year to make a difference for these organizations,” says Bamford. “I can’t thank my sponsors, friends and fellow musicians enough for faithfully coming out to support my Foundation and these charities that truly make a difference in the lives of so many children. I’m humbled to be able to give back 100% of the proceeds raised at my 4th annual golf tournament.”

Silent and live auction items included a one hour Gord Bamford Unplugged acoustic performance, a Summer Sendoff concert VIP package and a guitar signed by Jason Alden, Ronnie Dunn and the Judds. Those in attendance were treated to a star-studded concert with performances from Bamford, Patricia Conroy, Aaron Pritchett, Jake Mathews, Beverley Mahood, Tera Lee and Dallas Smith from the band Default.

Bamford also wishes to recognize the many sponsors and corporate support from several Alberta companies, such as EnCana Corporation, KG Country Red Deer, PennWest Exploration and the Lacombe Tim Hortons for their involvement. A full list of the sponsors is attached.

The Canadian Country Music Association recently nominated Bamford in the following four award categories for 2011: Single of the Year (My Daughter’s Father), Songwriter(s) of the Year (Put Some Alcohol on It), and CMT Video of the Year (My Daughter’s Father). Bamford was again nominated in the exclusive Male Artist of the Year category. The CCMA’s are scheduled to be held in Hamilton, Ontario, September 9 to 12, 2011.

Casey Clarke of CMT Canada filmed the Chevy Top 20 on Friday August 5th at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club, and will air the program at a later date.

Tournament Sponsors

“Heroes” Sponsors

Alberta Treasury Branches Lacombe Penn West Exploration
Downton’s Transport Tim Hortons (Lacombe)
M&N Construction TNT
Quinn Contracting Viking Projects
The KEG Restaurants

“Raise the Bar” Sponsors

Alberta Sports Vision Institute AXA Insurance
Calgary Flames Dorward and Company LLP & CA’S
East Country Electric Greg’s Contracting
Hoopfer Construction Intact Insurance
Lacombe Ford LA Carpet & Tile
MCCAW Drilling Meyers Norris Penny (Lacombe)
Oakridge Insurance Pentagon Optimization
Peace Hills Insurance Phone Experts
Ponoka Stampede Portage Mutual Insurance
Red Flame Hot Tapping Sim’s Insurance

“Rowdy Boys” Sponsors

Adiva Corp Baker Petrolite
Canadian Claim Services D & M Concrete
Gimmics Prairie Bus Lines
Property Solutions Rocky Downton
McMeekin Resources RT Weatherproofing
Rod & Merlene Schmidt TBR Contracting
TD Bank

Canadian Celebrities support Gord Bamford Charity Golf

(Edmonton) Canada’s country music community will return to Lacombe, Alberta for the 4th annual Gord Bamford Charity Invitational Golf Tournament, scheduled for August 4th and 5th, 2011.

In a unique twist this year, Gord Bamford, Patricia Conroy, Beverley Mahood, Jake Mathews and Aaron Pritchett, Tera Lee, and Dallas Smith from the band Default will perform a song from one of their musical heroes, in addition to a song from their own personal collection.

Olympic medalist and world champion figure skater Jamie Sale, former Edmonton Oilers Craig Simpson and Grant Fuhr, Curtis Glencross from the Calgary Flames and CMT Canada host Casey Clarke have all confirmed their attendance.

Clarke will also be filming the CMT Chevy Top 20 Countdown.

Celebrities Attending

  • Gord Bamford
  • Patricia Conroy
  • Jake Mathews
  • Dallas Smith
  • Brett Bingham
  • Grant Fuhr
  • Craig Simpson
  • Chris Russell
  • Beverley Mahood
  • Aaron Pritchett
  • Tera Lee
  • Curtis Glencross
  • Davey Shields Jr.
  • Al Hamilton
  • Jamie Sale
  • Casey Clarke
  • Wendell Ferguson

Gord Bamford’s Charity Golf Planned for August 4-5, 2011

(Edmonton, AB) For Gord Bamford, August is a special time of year, as his annual Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation Invitational Golf Tournament means getting the opportunity to help local charitable organizations.

This fourth annual event is scheduled for August 4 and 5 at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club, and will feature live performances from Bamford, Patricia Conroy, Beverley Mahood, Aaron Pritchett, Jake Mathews, Tera Lee and Dallas Smith from the band Default.

“We continue to work towards giving back to our community. Raising $230,000 in 2010 benefitted many local groups,” says Bamford. “These are dollars that are making a difference in our community, and in how these organizations operate. Most importantly, they help support the kids who these groups work so hard for.”

The money generated goes to support Bamford’s Foundation, which provides support for education, music, and health care in order to improve the quality of life for these families living in local communities across Canada. The designated recipients for 2011 are Ronald McDonald House Red Deer Project, Lacombe Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Lacombe Accessible Park Society, and the Make a Wish Foundation.

Many corporate organizations continue to support Bamford’s charitable efforts. Encana Corporation continues as the event’s title sponsor. Other groups such as ATB Financial, PennWest Energy, and the Ponoka Stampede are involved. “I can’t begin to thank these sponsors enough. They continue to give back to their rural communities and I’m proud to have them on board,” says Bamford.

The charity event kicks off at 6:00 pm Thursday evening with cocktails, dinner including silent auction and live entertainment. Performances by Bamford, Conroy, Mahood and others start at 7:30 p.m. The evening finishes with the LIVE and celebrity auction. Auction items include a VIP package for 30 people to the Canadian Derby, a deluxe golf package for 16 to the Wilderness Golf Club in Montana, Ponoka Stampede 2012 event package and a one-of-a-kind Gord Bamford customized poker table, plus much more.

CMT Canada’s Casey Clarke will also be filming its Chevy Top 20 Countdown at the 2011 charity event.

Bamford received the Canadian Country Music Association’s Humanitarian award in September, 2011.

Gord Bamford Wins 2010 CCMA Humanitarian of the Year Award

(Edmonton, AB) The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awarded Bamford with its Humanitarian Award last night at its Gala Dinner, for his outstanding contributions of time and energy in the support of humanitarian causes.

The successful singer/songwriter has raised almost $500,000 in the past three years for charities such as The Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Lacombe Accessible Park Society, Lacombe Athletic Park, the Ronald McDonald House Red Deer Project and The Make a Wish Foundation.

“There is nothing like looking into the eyes of someone you have helped, whether it is with money or with music,” said Bamford. “Yes it is wonderful to win this award. But at the end of the day, it is not about making it. It is about making it matter to those who matter the most, kids.”

The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation has a simple mission: “to offer 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.”

For the first time ever, Gord Bamford leads the way as the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) leading nominee for the top six award categories for 2010: Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, all for the song Day Job, Male Artist of the Year and in the coveted Fans’ Choice Award.

Bamford along with Nashville’s Byron Hill were awarded with Record Producer of the Year (for the Album Day Job – Gord Bamford) and Bamford’s webmaster Bella Spur Innovative Media Inc., tied for Website of the Year at the CCMA Industry Brunch on Friday, September 10.

Bamford will perform during the awards program, which will be televised on CBC, Sunday, September 12 at 8 p.m. (MST).

2010 3rd Annual Charity Golf Classic

$230,000 raised at 2010 Gord Bamford Charity Golf Tournament

(Edmonton, AB) Gord Bamford and friends recently raised $230,000 for five central Alberta charities late last week, at the 2010 Gord Bamford Charity Golf Tournament.

Bamford and friends Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Patricia Conroy, Dean Brody, Aaron Pritchett, Duane Steele and many others banded together at the Lacombe Memorial Centre Thursday evening, August 12, to kick off the 3rd annual event.

“Last year we raised $170,000. Our theme this year was to “Raise the Bar’, which is one of the song titles from my new album Day Job. And that’s exactly what we did. Raising $230,000 for these five charities is an amazing feeling and I know that everyone in attendance at the event felt the energy of wanting to give back,” says Bamford.

The recipients’ of Bamford’s fundraising efforts include The Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Lacombe Accessible Park Society, Lacombe Athletic Park and the Ronald McDonald House Red Deer Project. The Make a Wish Foundation was also added to this year’s recipient list.

The event began Thursday evening with a silent and live auction, which included signed guitars from Brooks and Dunn, Martina McBride, and Bamford himself. Those in attendance were treated to a star-studded concert with performances from Johnson, Conroy, Pritchett, Brody and Matthews. Six lucky winners also get to experience the Canadian Country Music Awards being held in Edmonton, September 12 in one of Rexall Place’s Luxury Suites.

The money generated goes to support Bamford’s Foundation, which provides support for education, music, and health care in order to improve the quality of life for these families living in local communities across Canada.

Bamford also wishes to recognize the many sponsors and corporate support from several Alberta companies, such as EnCana Corporation, Arctic Spas, PennWest Energy, and the Calgary Stampede for their involvement. “They are a key ingredient to our success,” says Bamford. “We couldn’t do without their support in the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation and their support of wanting to give back to their rural communities.”