THUNDER BAY, ON, JULY 17, 2016 - Today, the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel celebrated a successful week with official closing ceremonies following the final round of competition. Staal Foundation Open representatives, alongside the Staal family, were thrilled to announce that a total of $250,000 is being donated back into the region. This is the largest charitable donation of the event and in the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s history. Proceeds support Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario, Northwestern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer (NOFCFC) and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.
“The Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel continues to surpass our expectations. Year after year, charitable contributions continue to increase and community participation keeps growing. Cancer affects so many families in Northwestern Ontario. Presenting this cheque here today is what the tournament is all about for us and why our family chooses to be a part of this event. It’s about kids and giving back to the community that we grew up in;” says Eric Staal. “My brothers and I have kids of our own now, so we really understand the value of supporting children and families. If we have the chance to help children and families who need it, we will. Today, the Staal Family Foundation is thrilled to make this donation to three local organizations and we congratulate the community for coming together to make this all possible.”
“We’re absolutely thrilled to see the Thunder Bay community come together around the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel and raise an incredible amount of money for charity once again,” says Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday. “In its first three years at Whitewater Golf Club, this tournament has typified the PGA TOUR spirit of creating a positive community impact, and I would like to thank the Staal Family, the host organization and all the volunteers and sponsors for their efforts in making it possible.”
Over the last three years, the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel has raised over $500,000 in support of families and children battling cancer. These dollars support regional programming, outreach, patient care and new equipment in Northwestern Ontario.
“We are deeply honoured to have been chosen as one of the receiving charities from this tournament for the past three years. Through the Staal Family Foundation, patients and families in Northwestern Ontario have been given a true gift - the gift of hope - that comes from having exceptional cancer care equipment here at home;” says President and CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, Glenn Craig.
“We're honoured to be among the recipient charities for the Staal Foundation Open. The dollars raised are critical to supporting programming for our campers and their families. We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Staal Family; their commitment to our community is unparalleled. We also deeply appreciate the efforts of all involved in the tournament, from volunteers to players to sponsors;” says Director of Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario, Ashleigh Quarrell.
The 2016 Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel saw thousands of spectators at this year’s event and broke another record this week with an all time high for attendance during the opening ceremonies. It is also anticipated that this year’s tournament will result in more than $4 million in economic activity.
“None of this would have been made possible without the Staal family but also the hundreds of volunteers, tremendous corporate support and the entire community. This truly has become a world-class sporting event with a community focus hosted right here in Thunder Bay. The Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel is more than a golf competition and has evolved into an event where everyone plays. All I can say is that it’s been an incredible week here at Whitewater Golf Club;” says Staal Foundation Open Executive Director, Scott Smith.
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