Air Canada’s golf tourney raises $1 million for children’s charities
By Air Canada
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.
By Air Canada
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: www.aircanada.com/foundation.
Also to celebrate this special occasion, a video was featured during the event showcasing the Air Canada Foundation’s signature program, the Hospital Transportation Program. The Program provides Aeroplan Miles to pediatric hospital across Canada, giving children and their parents access to advanced medical treatments not available in their community. The new video, now live on aircanada.com, will be featured on board Air Canada flights as of August 1, 2016.
As a registered not-for-profit organization, the Air Canada Foundation’s mission is to grant children’s wishes, alleviate child poverty and help connect sick children to the medical care they need.
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.