The LPGA Tournament Owners Association (TOA) has presented Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific (CP) with a Gold Driver Award, recognizing the CP Women’s Open for best charity/community engagement among all LPGA Tour events.
The TOA was formally established in 1990 and is composed of owned and operated LPGA Tour events.
As part of their sponsorship of the event, Canadian Pacific through its CP Has Heart campaign, raised $2-million in support for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to help fund a renovated catheterization lab and interventional suite.
“This award is the result of a total team effort and we share it with our friends at CHEO and countless community supporters, as well as CP’s staff, event partners and our CP golf ambassadors Brooke Henderson and Lorie Kane,” said CP president and CEO Keith Creel.
“CP supports heart health because it is an issue that touches so many Canadians. Together with our partners at Golf Canada and everyone involved with the CP Women’s Open, we are proud to leave a lasting charitable legacy in Ottawa through CP Has Heart in support of CHEO’s incredible work,” he said.
The total charity contribution was the result of several fundraising activities tied to the CP Has Heart campaign.
Through CP Birdies for Heart, CP contributed $5,000 for each birdie made by a player on the 15th hole at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club during tournament play with a total of 45 birdies representing a $225,000 donation. CP also matched all donations made online at cheoheart.com from April 1 to the end of the tournament.
In the four years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, $6.5 million has been raised to support children’s heart health in Canada.
“It is incredibly rewarding to see the CP Has Heart campaign honoured by the LPGA tournament owners with a Gold Driver Award for best charity/community engagement,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum.
“Thanks to tremendous fan, player and partner support, the 2017 CP Women’s Open was a resounding success and it is most deserving that CP’s community impact has been recognized with this meaningful award,” he said.