Manulife Classic delivers record donation to charity

(Pictured above: Suzann Pettersen, 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic champion)

WATERLOO – The Manulife LPGA Classic announced today the donation of $361,294 to tournament charitable partner, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will directly support the establishment of the Heart Rhythm Program, supporting women’s heart health.

“Donors should feel proud to have contributed over $1.2 million to help improve the lives of so many in our community,” said Marianne Harrison, President & CEO, Manulife Canada. “Without St. Mary’s commitment to heart health, we wouldn’t have a world-class cardiac care centre to support patients in our Region.”

A Record Year

This year’s donation of $361,294 is not only the largest single year donation in the tournament’s history but also brings total donations to St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation to $1,211,550 since the inception of the tournament in 2012.

“This year has been our most successful yet, not only in dollars raised, but in our ability to provide education and awareness on the importance of women’s heart health,” said Peter Sweeney, President of the St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation. “On behalf of everyone at St. Mary’s and the patients we serve, thank you to Manulife, Sports Properties International and individual donors for this tremendous investment in the health of our community.”

For the second year, Manulife encouraged community donations through the Manulife Match campaign. Individual donors could double their contribution as the company matched dollars raised, resulting in over $312,000 to date in donations through Manulife Match.

“Sports Properties International could not be more proud to have established an event in this community and to help raise not only awareness of women’s heart health issues, but more importantly, to surpass $1 million for St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation,” said Hugh Morrow, CEO of Sports Properties International. “We look forward to continuing this great relationship.”

The 2016 tournament will be held August 29 to September 4 at Whistle Bear Golf Club.

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