COQUITLAM, B.C., Aug. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - CN announced today that the CN Canadian Women's Open, held at the Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C., raised $1.8 million for BC Children's Hospital Foundation through the CN Miracle Match program. The program was created in 2006 to raise funds for children's hospitals by matching funds raised through various initiatives connected with the Open.
"This is a tremendous feat," said Claude Mongeau, CN president and chief executive officer. "The people of the Vancouver area and from all over British Columbia have shown their support for the CN Miracle Match since the launch of the campaign in May of this year all the way through the end of the Open, and we thank them for their generosity. We at CN are very proud to generate lasting benefits to such a vital institution as the BC Children's Hospital.
"We look forward to continuing this tradition of support for pediatric care next year when the CN Canadian Women's Open will be held at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton."
"Children from across British Columbia and the Yukon will benefit directly from the generosity of the many people who have responded with enthusiasm to the CN Miracle Match program," said Teri Nicholas, BC Children's Hospital Foundation's president and chief executive officer. "This gift will ensure that children are treated with the latest in medical technology and that research undertaken at BC Children's Hospital delivers benefits to children in B.C., across Canada and around the world."
With this year's results, CN has now raised more than $8.2 million for children's health since the CN Miracle Match was launched at the inaugural CN Canadian Women's Open in London, Ont., in 2006.
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