Media Release: May 14, 2015


THUNDER BAY, ON - MAY 14, 2015 — The Staal Foundation Open (SFO) organizers are excited to host the Staal Family Foundation Million Dollar Shootout as part of their 2015 event schedule. Participants from as far east as Manitouwadge and west as Kenora are expected at qualifying events beginning May 23rd throughout July 3rd. Each area will produce one lucky participant that will travel to

Thunder Bay to be a part of the Million Dollar Shootout Saturday, July 18, hosted on the 18th green following play at the Staal Foundation Open event.

“We are really excited and looking forward to hosting the Million Dollar Shootout at this year’s event. Not only will we be bringing people from the region into our city but we will also be helping to raise money for a great cause,” said Scott Smith, Executive Director of the SFO. “This will create a fun and exciting atmosphere and will add another element of entertainment to the event.”

The Staal Family Foundation also announced today that the designated charities this year would include the Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation and Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario. The Staal Family supports local charities who work with the children and families who are battling Cancer.

Staal Family Foundation Spokesperson Henry Staal, father of the brothers, said that the opportunity to support children who are suffering from this terrible disease is core to their mandate and a personal commitment by the Staal family: “We are very happy to provide another activity to an already amazing event and, in turn, support families in need.”

“The Health Sciences Foundation is delighted and proud to be associated with a first-class event like the Staal Foundation Open, whose funds will support first-class healthcare at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre,” said Glenn Craig, President & CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. “With the generous philanthropic support of our community partners such as the Staal Family Foundation, we ensure patients and families have access to state-of-the-art equipment when it’s needed most.”

“We are honoured and incredibly grateful to have been selected as a charitable recipient of this impressive event,” said Ashleigh Quarrell, Director of Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario. “We rely 100% on donations from our community and these funds will go very far in helping us to achieve our goal of providing empowering camp experiences for children with cancer and their siblings.”

At the qualifying events for the Million Dollar Shootout, participants will pay $5.00 for 2 shots or $10.00 for 5 shots in an attempt to get closest to the pin to qualify in their region. There will be a host of prizes for participants and all funds raised will go to support families and children battling cancer. Along with the opportunity to compete for the $1 Million prize, finalists from each area will also be given an entry into the Can-op Official Pro-Am, provided accommodation as well as VIP passes to the event.

Local and regional golf courses will host qualifiers in their communities with the first event scheduled May 23rd, at the Kenora Golf & Country Club in Kenora, ON. The events have been grouped into the six areas as follows:


#1 - Marathon, Manitouwadge

#2 - Terrace Bay, Nipigon and Geraldton

#3 - Fort Frances, Atikokan,

#4 - Kenora, Dryden, Red Lake and Ear Falls

#5 - Thunder Bay

#6 - Staal Foundation Open last chance qualifier

The full schedule with dates and times will be posted on the Staal Family Foundation and the Staal Foundation Open websites.




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Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario is a volunteer-driven non-profit charitable organization which provides uplifting and empowering camp experiences for kids with cancer and their siblings. It serves the Northwestern Ontario region. Its year-round programming and signature week-long camp gives its campers, ages 4-18, the power to turn challenges into adventures. Camp Quality’s philosophy is that “together, we can do anything, be anything and achieve everything.”


The Northwestern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer (NOFCC) is a not-for-profit organization that serves families across northern Ontario. Founded in 1998 by a group of parents who wanted to support families, the NOFCC serves families on treatment, in follow up care as well as bereaved families. The organization helps families meet some of their immediate financial needs associated with travelling for treatment by offering reimbursement programs for parking, accommodations, taxi and a per diem program for days spent away from home. NOFCC offers 13 programs and services to families including palliative support care through meals and house cleaning, emergency funding, a bursary program for post-secondary education, computers to accommodate distance education, as well as tutoring.



The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation raises funds to support programs, equipment and services in Thunder Bay and throughout northwestern Ontario that improve patient care. 100% of the money raised stays in northwestern Ontario.



The Staal Family Foundation mission is “Motivated by the desire to give back to communities where we live and work by providing support and opportunities for children and families fighting Cancer.”