The Air Canada Foundation’s fifth annual golf tournament netted$1,000,000 in support of organizations focused on health and well-being of children in Canada. The tournament was held Monday, July 11 at the Saint Raphaël Golf Club, Québec, and featured more than 300 golfers from across North America. It included a full day of golf followed by a cocktail-style dinner, silent and live auctions of items donated by tournament partners and Air Canada Foundation supporters.
AIMIA returned as Presenting Partner of this year’s event which was supported by more than 100 Canadian, American and international corporations and organizations.
“We thank Air Canada’s generous partners and friends for ensuring the outstanding success of the Air Canada Foundation’s fifth annual signature fundraising event,” said Priscille LeBlanc, Chair of the Air Canada Foundation. “We also thank the team of Air Canada employee volunteers who worked tirelessly to help organize and facilitate the sell-out event thereby allowing the majority of funds raised to be directly reinvested towards the health and wellbeing of children. For a third consecutive year the Air Canada Foundation Golf Tournament has raised over a million dollars and on behalf of all the people whose lives are touched by the Foundation, I thank our loyal sponsors, participants and volunteers for their on-going generosity and support.”
To mark the fifth annual golf tournament as well our longstanding partnership of over two decades with the Children’s Miracle Network and its 14 Canadian pediatric hospitals, the Air Canada Foundation made a significant donation of $700,000. This grant will enable each hospital to address its own most urgent needs. Two of their ambassadors, Laura and Hodan, both treated at their local hospitals, played an important role during the day by manning the highly coveted lemonade stand, enticing golfers with refreshments while raising funds for the Foundation.
In 2015, the Air Canada Foundation granted over $4.7M in support of Canadian registered charities. Funds are donated to programs or projects submitted by eligible registered charitable organizations that meet the Air Canada Foundation selection criteria. Some of the recipients were:
- Breakfast Clubs of Canada to support existing school breakfast programs in aboriginal communities and finance the cost of equipment and training for new programs.
- 14 Canadian pediatric hospitals, members of the Children’s Miracle Network to assist with their most urgent funding needs.
- Dreams Take Flight Canada, a charitable organization founded and driven by Air Canada employees and retirees who enable thousands of children with physically, mentally or socially challenged backgrounds from across Canada to experience an all-expense paid day at Disney.
- Shriners Hospital Canada, as part of a five-year commitment to the Young Patient Lounge area ofMontreal’s new hospital.
- ErinOakKids, the largest children’s treatment centre in Ontario, serving more than 15,000 children and youth annually who have physical and developmental disabilities, autism, communication disorders, blindness/low vision and hearing loss. Funds granted enabled the purchase of a new portable ultrasound unit.
- Pathways to Education’s The Pathways Air Canada Foundation Scholarship Fund, which is a three-year commitment towards the creation of a scholarship fund called to help youth from low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education and training.
- Beyond Borders ECPAT’s program, which helps to free children from sexual abuse and exploitation. – CNW