Canadian Pacific Women’s Open (CP) and Golf Canada recently announced that SickKids Foundation has been chosen as the primary charity partner for the 2019 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.
The 2019 CP Women’s Open will see Canadian sensation and CP ambassador Brooke Henderson defend her national golf title against the top LPGA Tour players in the world from August 19-25 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora.
Through its CP Has Heart program, CP will once again make a substantial donation to the host community of Canada’s National Open Golf Championship by supporting local paediatric care. CP will encourage further support for paediatric cardiac research and care by working with SickKids on additional fundraising initiatives whereby they will match donations made from the community.
“CP is elated to be working with SickKids Foundation through the 2019 CP Women Open,” said CP’s president and CEO, Keith Creel. “This is a natural partnership as CP is focused on giving back through our community investment program, CP Has Heart, and SickKids Foundation is focused on helping young hearts across Ontario – a province that has been integral to our network for more than 130 years.”
This year, CP will be working with Kyle Hayhoe, a child ambassador for SickKids Foundation. Kyle was cared for at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) for four months after he was diagnosed with a hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy at only seven weeks old and required a heart transplant. Now, when Kyle isn’t attending his regular check-ups with the heart transplant, respiratory and nephrology teams at SickKids, he can be found on the golf course perfecting his swing.
Funds raised through the CP Women’s Open will go towards renovating a cardiac operating suite at SickKids. In addition, CP is also proud to support the tournament host community this year. CP will make a donation of $250,000 to Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket to support paediatric cardiac care.
“We appreciate the generous support of the community and are extremely grateful to our partners CP, Golf Canada and the CP Women’s Open,” said SickKids Foundation CEO, Ted Garrard. “Funds raised through this partnership will help continue to advance cardiac care that will deliver better outcomes for our patients who come from all across Canada, for many years to come.”
In the five years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, $8.5 million has been raised to support children’s heart health in Canada. This will mark the third time in six years southern Ontario has hosted the CP Women’s Open resulting in more than $3.3 million dollars invested in London (2014 – $1.3 million) and Ottawa (2016 – $2 million)
“I can’t say enough about the incredible work CP does through the CP Has Heart campaign – they are an absolute terrific partner who are helping to make a meaningful impact in the lives of countless Canadians,” said Golf Canada’s CEO, Laurence Applebaum. “Tournament week will be a fantastic showcase of world-class golf and charitable giving in support of SickKids Foundation.”
In 2018, Brooke Henderson became the first Canadian to win the country’s National Open Championship in 45 years, shooting 65 in the final-round for a four-stroke victory at the CP Women’s Open in Regina. Jocelyne Bourassa was the last Canadian to win the event, when she was crowned Canadian champion in 1973.
“On behalf of all Canadian golf fans, I’m eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see Canadian golf superstar Brooke Henderson defend her title,” added Applebaum.
This is the first time the Greater Toronto Area will play host to a major LPGA Tour event since 2001, when the event was held at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham.
Tickets and corporate hosting are available for purchase at www.cpwomensopen.com.
Photo: CP mascot Cornelius stands with Jonathan Wahba, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing – Intermodal and Automotive, CP; Adam Starkman, Vice-President, Corporate Partnerships, SickKids Foundation; Kyle Hayhoe, Child Ambassador; Lorie Kane, CP Ambassador & LPGA Tour Professional, Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Member; and Bill Paul, Chief Championship Officer, Golf Canada. (CNW Group/Canadian Pacific).