Waterloo – Earlier today, the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic was pleased to present $250,000 of proceeds from the June 2012 tournament to the St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation.
As the official charity partner, the St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation receives a portion of the tournament proceeds to enhance the hospital’s volunteer program and support its Cardiac Care Centre, while providing the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of women’s heart health.
“Manulife Financial is one of Waterloo Region’s largest employers and we are so pleased this world-class tournament has benefited one of our community’s most important local charities,” said Nicole Boivin, Senior Vice President and Chief Branding and Communications Officer at Manulife Financial. “We chose St. Mary’s as our charity partner because of their strong local roots, their commitment to volunteerism, and their work to help improve the quality of life and health of residents in the region.”
Since St. Mary’s General Hospital first began providing cardiac care in 2001, Manulife Financial has been one of the Regional Cardiac Care Centre’s key philanthropic partners; contributing more than $2.5 million to support patient care.
“Manulife has been a vital partner in enabling St. Mary’s to become one of the province’s preeminent providers of cardiac care,” shared Peter Sweeney, President of the St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation. “We’re thrilled that they have continued to invest in the heart health of our community.”
Commitment to Volunteerism
In addition to promoting heart health, Manulife Financial and St. Mary’s Hospital share a common commitment to volunteerism which makes this charitable partnership a great fit.
St. Mary’s General Hospital has worked hard to develop programs that have meaningful impact for volunteers, patients and their families. Volunteers at St. Mary’s General Hospital contribute nearly 40,000 hours of support every year, in more than 100 different volunteer programs ranging in areas from retail operations to patient support.
“This is the first time that an organization has pledged funds to support volunteerism as a strategic role within the hospital,” said Don Shilton, President of St. Mary’s General Hospital. “It’s an innovative, forward-thinking investment that will enable us to take our vision of volunteerism to new heights.”
“Raising money for charity and making a lasting impact on local communities is one of the main objectives of the LPGA and its tournaments,” noted Richard Kuypers, Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Tournament Director. “The community response we received in Waterloo Region was incredible for a first-year tournament with over 66,000 spectators and 1,400 volunteers, and we are excited that because of this community support, we are able to help out a great cause like St. Mary’s.”
A resounding success
The inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, held at Grey Silo Golf Course this past June, was a resounding success. Shining a global spotlight on Waterloo Region, the tournament received community-wide support and 1,400 volunteers invested their time and talent to the event. Over 66,000 spectators lined the fairways to watch the world’s best female golfers compete for the beautifully handcrafted glass trophy. Texas native Brittany Lang birdied the par‐5 18th hole three straight times in an exciting four person play-off to become a Rolex First‐Time Winner and earn the $195,000 first‐place cheque.
Tickets for the 2013 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic go on sale October 1, 2012 by visiting www.manulifeclassic.ca. Those interested in volunteering for the 2013 tournament can visit www.manulifeclassic.ca to register on or after October 29, 2012.
About the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic is one of only two Canadian stops on the LPGA Tour and features a standard eligibility field of 144 players, 72 holes of stroke play and a purse of $1.3 million. The inaugural tournament took place June 20-24, 2012 at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario, home of Manulife Financial’s Canadian Division. Viewers from over 150 countries around the globe tuned in to watch the action from home. www.manulifeclassic.ca
About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. In 2012, we celebrate 125 years of providing clients strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$514 billion (US$504 billion) as at June 30, 2012. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.
About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.
About Sports Properties International
Sports Properties International was created to provide an environment where communities and spectacular sporting events can come together, connected by a common interest. Sports Properties International can be found on the Internet at www.sportspropertiesinternational.com.
About Bruno Event Team
Bruno Event Team (BET) is a Birmingham, Alabama-based sports marketing and event management company formed in 1996 by Ronald Bruno and Gene Hallman. Bruno Event Team is experienced in all facets of event management, employing a year-round staff of more than 60 employees in nine offices around the United States and one office in Canada. Bruno Event Team services each client with expertise in all aspects of event marketing and operations. A steadfast commitment to excellence is maintained through vast experience, a strong work ethic and demanding attention to detail. Visit www.brunoeventteam.com for additional information.
Tracy Van Kalsbeek