Rocco Mediate joins Shaw Charity Classic officials to unveil record-setting charitable donation
November 21, 2013
CALGARY– Rocco Mediate returned to Calgary on Thursday where he joined tournament officials and title partner, Shaw Communications, to dole out a record-setting charitable contribution for a Champions Tour event.
Mediate, along with Brad Shaw from Shaw Communications and the Patron Group – a Calgary-based team responsible for bringing the Shaw Charity Classic to the Stampede City – announced the inaugural event raised $2,267,251 for distribution amongst a number of charities in southern Alberta including the following six youth-based charities: Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta; Kidsport Calgary; Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre; a United Way led initiative; Place2Give Foundation; and YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre. The contribution is the single largest charitable donation in Champions Tour history.
“Our goal in bringing the Shaw Charity Classic to the city was not only to provide Calgarians with the opportunity to witness an elite, family-friendly professional sporting event, but also to raise money to support children’s charities in the city and across southern Alberta,” said Clay Riddell, tournament chairman. “We hope this contribution will have a significant impact on the youth our charitable partners take care of.”
Two months before a tee ball was hit in Calgary, Shaw Communications had reinforced the importance of charities as a driving force behind the newest Champions Tour event stepped up to commit $1 million towards Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.
“We feel so proud to have worked alongside Kids Cancer Care and the other Shaw Charity Classic charity partners to give back to the Calgary community and make a difference in the lives of so many children and families,” said Brad Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications Inc. “After a difficult summer, it was inspiring to see the smiles and excitement on the faces of thousands of Calgarians who attended the 2013 Shaw Charity Classic. We are already looking forward to next year.”
While the charities are the true winners of the event, Rocco Mediate, who is in the mix to receive Player-of-the-Year and Rookie-of-the-Year honours thanks to his two Champions Tour victories in 2013, ran away with a seven-shot victory at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club in Calgary. Mediate’s impressive display of golf tied the lowest 54-hole total at 22-under-par 191 on the Champions Tour.
Equally as impressive was the tournament itself. Thanks to the more than 1,400 dedicated volunteers, unprecedented international media coverage, support from its community and corporate partners, and the thousands of Canadian golf fans that lined the Canyon Meadows fairways to watch a stellar field showcasing many of the game’s greatest names, the Shaw Charity Classic fired its way into the record books for a first-year event on the senior circuit.
"The Shaw Charity Classic was one of the best first-year events we've seen on this Tour," said Champions Tour President Mike Stevens. "Calgary residents showed their support for the tournament with a terrific turnout of volunteers and exceptional galleries created an extraordinary atmosphere the entire week. The inaugural event was an A-plus, in my opinion."
Tournament officials also announced that golf’s legends will play for a purse of $2.25 million, an increase of $250,000 from last year, when they return to Calgary’s Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club in 2014 when the tournament will be played August 25-31.
While tickets to the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic will be on sale soon, hospitality and pro-am teams are now on sale. New sponsorship and hosting opportunities have been created for businesses and corporations seeking a unique hosting experience for employees, customers, and business partners. For more information on tickets and corporate packages, please visit shawcharityclassic.com.
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