SportBox Entertainment Group and the PGA Tour have announced that the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation is the official charitable partner of 2015 Nova Scotia Open, with the Children’s Wish Foundation – Nova Scotia Chapter as the local charitable partner and beneficiary.
The Nova Scotia Open, featuring the RBC Canada Cup, will see PGA Tour and Web.com Tour players come to Halifax. DeLaet will join Mike Weir and David Hearn on Team Canada at the RBC Canada Cup.
The Nova Scotia Open, a Web .com Tour event, will be played July 2-5, followed by the RBC Canada Cup on July 6, both events at the Ashburn Golf Club -New Course.
DeLaet and his wife Ruby launched their foundation in 2014 with a central focus to support children’s health, as well as supporting the development of junior golfers at all levels of the game.
“When Graham and I started the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation, we wanted to make a difference in the lives of children,” said Ruby DeLaet.
“Golf is a great platform to grow awareness of children’s health and help pave the way for children to build life skills. Through the Nova Scotia Open, we are excited to support charitable efforts in Halifax and Atlantic Canada.” added Graham DeLaet.
“Mike, David and I had a great experience last year and the fans were incredible. I look forward to returning this summer to bring the title back home,” he added.
The Nova Scotia Open will work with the foundation and The Children’s Wish Foundation to build and execute initiatives around the event, with all charitable funds raised directed toward the Nova Scotia chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation.
One of many initiatives, all proceeds from daily passes for the Nova Scotia Open, a Web .com Tour event, will be directed toward The Children’s Wish Foundation.
The event’s charitable initiatives will continue to contribute to the the PGA Tour’s charitable platform, which has over $2-billion in all-time charitable giving.
“The Children’s Wish Foundation is honoured to be selected as the official local charitable partner for this prestigious event,” said Chris Kotsopoulos, CEO of the Children’s Wish Foundation.
“We are looking forward to supporting an outstanding Nova Scotia Open and to continuing to raise awareness for Children’s Wish, increasing fundraising to grant wishes that help to transform the life of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and further positively impacting the Nova Scotia community, through this partnership,” added Kotsopoulos.
Recently, the Nova Scotia Open in partnership with the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation, Give Kids the World, The Children’s Wish Foundation and PGA Tour helped grant six-year-old Christian Backhouse’s wish of meeting a PGA Tour player.
Christian got his wish when he attended the the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where he spent the day behind the scenes at a PGA Tour event.
As part of the experience, Christian had his own place and nameplate on the driving range, where he received a one-on-one lesson from Jonas Blixt.
Christian also toured Golf Channel’s production truck, ate with PGA Tour players, played video games in the Puma truck, all decked out in apparel from Cobra Puma Golf,
Christian was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June, 2011, when he was just three-years-old and, after undergoing chemotherapy, he is now cancer free.
Event organizers also announced that volunteer and caddie registration is now open here.