MONTREAL, March 18 /PRNewswire/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced today that it has chosen the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation and The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation as the official beneficiaries of the CN Miracle Match campaign to be held during the 2011 CN Canadian Women's Open. The golf tournament will take place from August 22 to 28 at the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, Quebec.
CN Miracle Match is a national charitable initiative designed to rally communities across Canada behind a very worthy cause - supporting children's hospitals. Communities in Greater Montreal and throughout Quebec are invited to pool their donations, through this initiative, and the proceeds will be given to the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation and The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation. Each year since 2006, CN and Golf Canada have raised funds to support a children's hospital by matching funds raised through various initiatives that are connected with the CN Canadian Women's Open. In the past five years, the CN Miracle Match program has raised $4.35 million for children's hospitals.
"At CN, we recognize our civic responsibility to the communities in which we operate and we are especially proud of the assistance we were able to provide to pediatric care in Canada thanks to the CN Miracle Match program," said Claude Mongeau, CN President and Chief Executive Officer. "We hope the money raised in the course of the 2011 CN Miracle Match campaign in Montreal, where CN has strong roots, will exceed the $800,000 we raised last year for Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba."
"The Miracle Match program is a remarkable expression of solidarity that, year after year, helps ensure the wellbeing of children across the country," explained Anièle Lecoq, President and Executive Director of Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation. "We aim to capitalize on this synergy to mobilize thousands of donors and employees around this cause and make this event in Montreal a resounding success."
"CN's commitment to provide financial support for pediatric care is a great way to highlight an important cause and contributes directly to improving the lives of children across Quebec and beyond," said Louise Dery-Goldberg, President and Executive Director of The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation.
"Along with our partners at CN, we believe it is very important that the CN Canadian Women's Open leave a lasting legacy in our local host communities," said Scott Simmons, Golf Canada Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to the event's philanthropic mandate to raise money for children's causes, this year's event will be special - not only is Montreal a world-class city with passionate and knowledgeable golf fans, but just as important, the city is home to CN's corporate headquarters and thousands of proud CN employees. We are thrilled that Canada's National Women's Open Championship will have a significant charitable impact in a community that means so much to both CN and Golf Canada."
ABOUT THE SAINTE-JUSTINE UHC FOUNDATION
The Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation is one of the largest hospital foundations in Quebec and Canada. It acts as a catalyst to unite donors and philanthropic interests in order to address the most pressing needs of the UHC.
ABOUT THE MONTREAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
The Montreal Children's Hospital is the pediatric teaching hospital of the McGill University Health Centre. The Children's is a leader in providing a broad spectrum of highly specialized care to newborns, children, and adolescents from all across Quebec. The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation is currently leading The Best Care for Children Campaign to support the construction of the new Montreal Children's Hospital, which began last summer (2010) on the Glen Campus in Montreal.
ABOUT THE 2011 CN CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN
Stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the 2011 CN Canadian Women's Open, with a US$2.25 million prize purse, from August 22 to 28 at the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, Quebec.
Tickets for the only LPGA tournament taking place in Canada can be purchased online, at http://www.cncanadianwomensopen.com, or by phone, at 1-866-571-LPGA (5742). For up-to-date information about corporate packages, tickets, volunteer opportunities or corporate hospitality, please visit the website.
Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.
ABOUT GOLF CANADA LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.
Golf Canada - a member-based organization governed by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) - is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 350,000 members at almost 1,500 clubs across the country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, Golf Canada is responsible for promoting participation in and a passion for the game of golf in Canada.
Golf Canada actively conducts championships, programs and services to help shape the present and future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, National Golf in Schools, Golf Fore the Cure, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program, are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. As the authority for golf in Canada, the association also administers the Rules of Golf, amateur status and handicapping and course rating under the respected RCGA brand.
In addition, Golf Canada conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships provide world class competitive opportunities for Canada's top golfers to showcase their talents.
For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit us online at www.golfcanada.ca.