For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 7, 2014
#GordGives at The 7th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic
Country Artist Encourages the Importance of Giving Back
Gord Bamford loves giving back. Luckily he’s able to do it easily through his Gord Bamford Foundation which he funds through his Annual Charity Golf Classic.
While Bamford’s annual Gala and Golf is a private event, he wants to encourage his fans and supporters Canada-wide the importance of giving back; he’s raising awareness of the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation through theTwitter Hashtag #GordGives.
“The Alberta business community and our 2014 Title sponsors Waschuk PipeLine, JEDCO Energy Services, and Venue sponsor Dow Chemical Canada are great examples of our major corporate support. It was because of their belief in those charities we are helping, that we created the #GordGives hashtag. We’ve built the Gord Bamford Foundation from the ground up, and we wanted to get all Canadians thinking about how they too can help others in need,” says Bamford.
The dollars generated at the Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic go directly to the Gord Bamford Foundation to support organizations that make a difference in the lives of underprivileged youth and multiuse facilities all across Canada.
One organization that was the beneficiary of a $10,000 donation from Bamford (Bamford donated $10,000 to 10 different children’s hospitals nation-wide) was Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island and its – Jeneece Place –a temporary home where families can stay together when their childneeds medical services in Victoria, British Columbia. The cost of supporting one family with a private and comfortable bedroom, shared kitchen, dining and recreation spaces, and a caring and supportive staff team, is $113 each night. Bamford’s donation covered the cost of 88 nights for families whose children are facing medical challenges.
“It was so awesome to have Gord come and visit Jeneece Place. It means a lot to me when people understand how important it is for sick kids to have their family close by when they are in the hospital. I had fun showing him around and it was so cool when he sang for us in the living room. Gifts like Gord’s inspire me to keep working on raising money to support families in my community,” said Jeneece Edroff, Order of British Columbia.
Canada’s Make a Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and various children’s hospitals all across Canada have all been beneficiaries of The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation in recent years. In March, 2014, Bamford committed another $100,000 to the MusiCounts Canada program, to help fund music programs in Canadian schools.
“The $100,000 investment by the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation into MusiCounts programs over the next three years is the largest contribution we have ever received from an artist,” says Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “Gord’s contribution to music education programs, along with the sponsorship of the 2014 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, is unprecedented and we could not be more thankful for his generous support.”
The official 7th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic begins at 4:30 pm Wednesday, August 13, at the Sheraton Hotel Exhibition Hall in Red Deer, Alberta, and continues with the golf eventat the Lacombe Golf and Country Club on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in Lacombe, Alberta.
Tracey Feist, Ground Words Communications