For Immediate Release
October 20, 2014
Gord Bamford, JEDCO, Team Up to Support Central Alberta Charity
Donates $6,200 towards McMan Central
(Red Deer, AB) JEDCO Energy Services and the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation are teaming up to support Alberta’s McMan Central.
The Canadian Country Music Star and Duane Sokalski, Vice President & GM, JEDCO Energy Services, are presenting $6,200 to McMan Central on, October 20, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at McMan’s offices, located at 103, 5214 47 Avenue in the Park Plaza office building, north of the downtown Co-Op in Red Deer, Alberta.
Bamford has supported several central Alberta charities in the past, and Bamford believes through his Foundation, he can affect positive change to others to live their lives in a positive, productive manner.
“The Seven Challenges® programprovides a framework for helping youth think through their own decisions about their lives,” says Bamford. “Through the Gord Bamford Foundation, we at JEDCO Energy Services are proud to support the work of McMan Central in offering the Seven Challenges® Drug Counselling program,” says Sokalski.
“McMan Central is honoured to accept this donation from Jedco Energy through the Bamford Foundation,” says Christine Stewart, McMan Central Programs Manager. “These monies will assist us in providing substance abuse counseling services to young people 13-24 years of age who can’t afford long-term private therapy. McMan is extremely grateful to Duane and Gord for their support on this important issue. With their help, we are able to continue to bring to light the impact of drugs and alcohol on young people, as well as help the community to see the huge benefits in addressing these issues at the earliest point possible.”
Stewart says the Seven Challenges® Program is fundamentally different from mainstream approaches that engage in what is often called the “mad rush for abstinence.” “With The Seven Challenges® Program we start where youth are “at,” not where we wish they might be and not where they might pretend to be (ready and willing to make honest decisions to change with regard to drugs — and prepared for success in such changes),” she says.
Bamford is a 19-time Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) award winner, a three-time Juno Award nominee, and most recently, winner of the prestigious Global Artist of the Year, presented by Nashville’s Country Music Association. His winning streak continued at the 2014 awards back in September, with Bamford being honoured with the CCMA’s Single of the Year [for the #1 song, When Your Lips Are So Close], Male Artist of the Year, and Country Music Special or Program of the Year for Gord Bamford Christmas in Canada.
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.
Since 2008 Bamford’s Charitable Foundation has generated over $2 million dollars, and the country artist has made making donations to children’s hospitals a priority. Bamford recently had a record-breaking fundraising night in August, 2014, generating $503,000 at the 7th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic.
Corinne Szepesi, Manager
Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation