RBC and Golf Canada announce Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada as the
official charity partner for the RBC Canadian Open
Canada's National Open Golf Championship continues its commitment to
TORONTO, May 21, 2013 /CNW/ - RBC and Golf Canada today announced that Ronald
McDonald House Charities Canada (RMHC Canada) has been selected as the charity
partner for the RBC Canadian Open.
The announcement was made at a media event held at Ronald McDonald House
Toronto, one of 14 houses across the country that provide families of
seriously ill or injured children a home away from home while their child is
being treated at a nearby hospital.
"Together with Golf Canada, we are very proud to partner with Ronald McDonald
House Charities Canada to make a difference in the lives of children," said
Dave McKay, Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking, RBC. "RBC and Ronald
McDonald House Charities Canada have a longstanding relationship and we will
continue to work together to support the mental health and well-being of
seriously ill children and their families. Children's mental health is a cause
close to our hearts and we're excited about this national partnership."
Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada helps give sick children what they need
most - their families. Ronald McDonald Housesprovide over 10,000 Canadian
families a year with qualified staff and dedicated volunteers who are
committed to taking care of the day-to-day essentials of running a home, so
families don't have to worry about them. The Houses also have programs that
offer everything from education to home-cooked meals and are filled with many
different families who all share a common bond - love for their sick child.
The First Canadian Ronald McDonald House opened in Toronto in 1981. And the
national, charitable foundation created to support Ronald McDonald Houses
(known today as Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada) was founded in 1982.
"Golf has a legacy of supporting Ronald McDonald Houses and families across
Canada, and today's announcement takes that commitment of support to a whole
new level," said Cathy Loblaw, President and CEO, Ronald McDonald House
Charities Canada. "This wonderful partnership will help us to meet the growing
demand we are facing, as we more than double the number of families of sick
children we are serving - from 10,000 to 20,000 families a year. We are
truly thankful to be the recipients of the RBC Canadian Open's spirit of
giving which will enable us to help more families of sick children have a home
away from home during their most difficult times."
Since coming on board as title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open in 2008, RBC
along with Golf Canada have raised more than $5 million for charitable
organizations across Canada that support children's wellness initiatives.
Throughout its history, Canada's National Open Championship has generated more
than $45 million in charitable proceeds for important causes.
"A critical component of the RBC Canadian Open is to generate charitable
legacies in our host communities and we are thrilled to welcome Ronald
McDonald House Charities Canada as our national beneficiary," said Golf Canada
CEO Scott Simmons. "Canada's National Open Championship has been a rallying
point for Canadian golf for more than a century and we are very proud that the
RBC Canadian Open can now contribute to the important work that RMHC Canada
carries out in support of families and sick children in communities across
The 2013 RBC Canadian Open is set for July 22-28 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in
Oakville, Ont. marking the 26(th) time the Jack Nicklaus designed course will
host Canada's National Open Golf Championship.
ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD CHARITIES® (RMHC®) CANADA:
In 1982, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada was founded to be the
everlasting organization of support for Ronald McDonald Houses and their
programs in Canada. Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home away from home for
out of town families with sick children being treated at a nearby hospital.
Today, 14 Ronald McDonald Houses serve more than 10,000 families each year,
and will be serving 20,000 families across Canada by 2014. Completing our
circle of support for Canadians is the Ronald McDonald Family Room® program
providing an oasis of calm and support right inside the walls of the Hospital.
Today there are nine Family Rooms across Canada as well as the Ronald McDonald
Care Mobile™ program. For more information, visit www.rmhc.ca.
ABOUT THE 2013 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
Part of the FedExCup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.2 million (US)
at the RBC Canadian Open, July 22-28, 2013 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in
Oakville, Ont. Conducted by Golf Canada for more than a century, the RBC
Canadian Open provides an opportunity for Canada's top talents to compete
against the world's best golfers while also leaving a significant impact in
the event's host community. Established in 1904, Canada's national open golf
championship is the third-oldest national open golf championship worldwide
next to the British Open and the U.S. Open. The RBC Canadian Open is proudly
sponsored by RBC, Shaw Business, BMW Group Canada, C.F.F Stainless Steels,
Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas Golf, The Glenlivet, PepsiCo, The Globe
and Mail and Reader's Digest. For tickets or tournament information, please
visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-6736.
RBC proudly supports golf around the world through high profile relationships
with the PGA TOUR and Golf Canada. RBC is the Official Banking and Financial
Services partner of touring professionals Luke Donald, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els,
Matt Kuchar, Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Brandt Snedeker, Graeme McDowell, Hunter
Mahan and Morgan Pressel. As the title sponsor of both the RBC Heritage and
the RBC Canadian Open, RBC also supports emerging Canadian golfers through
Golf Canada's grassroots developmental programming, their Canadian Amateur
Golf Championships and high performance national team. RBC is one of North
America's leading diversified financial services companies and among the
largest banks in the world, as measured by market capitalization.
GOLF CANADA - LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.
Golf Canada is the National Sports Organization and governing body for golf in
Canada representing more than 340,000 golfers at nearly 1,500 member clubs
across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf
Canada's mission is to grow participation, excellence and passion in the sport
while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. By investing in the
growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game,
our goal is to be relevant to and respected by all Canadian golf enthusiasts
from coast to coast. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to
support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.
Dan Pino Director, Corporate Communications Golf Canada (t) 1-800-263-0009
ext. 406 (c) 416-434-5525 (e)firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Braden Director, Brand & Sponsorship Communications RBC (t)
Roxanna Kassam Kara Manager, Marketing & Communications Ronald McDonald House
Charities Canada (t) 416.446.3448 (e)Roxanna.Kassamkara@ca.mcd.com
Image with caption: "2013 World Figure Skating Champion Patrick Chan (centre)
practices his putting with some kids at the announcement of Ronald McDonald
House Charities Canada as the official charity partner of the RBC Canadian
Open (Left to right - RMHC Canada CEO Kathy Loblaw, Golf Canada CEO Scott
Simmons, RMHC Toronto CEO Jane Marco, RBC Group Head Dave McKay) (CNW
Group/RBC)". Image available at:
Image with caption: "RBC and Golf Canada name Ronald McDonald House Charities
Canada official charity partner of the RBC Canadian Open (Left to right - RMH
Toronto CEO Jane Marco, RBC Group Head Dave McKay, 2013 World Figure Skating
Champion Patrick Chan, Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons and RMHC Canada CEO Kathy
Loblaw) (CNW Group/RBC)". Image available at:
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