Hockey Stars Set to Drive Cancer Out

Whitewater Country Club - Photo Courtesy of Tourism Thunder Bay

Whitewater Country Club - Photo Courtesy of Tourism Thunder BayTHUNDER BAY – Sports – On Thursday, July 11, 2013, local hockey celebrities will join golfers for Thunder Bay’s premiere golf tournament. The Freedom 55 Financial Thunder Bay Hockey Celebrity Golf Classic takes place at Whitewater Golf Club. Proceeds are directed to the Northern Cancer Fund, to support cancer diagnoses, treatment, and research at our Regional Cancer Centre.

As always, the event will be attended by home-grown hockey celebrities. Thunder Bay is one of the hotbeds for some of the top professional hockey players in the world.

Wielding golf clubs instead of hockey sticks, the players helped raise funds in support the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. “We all have roots in Northwestern Ontario,” says Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins. “I’ve seen the effects of cancer, and I’ve seen the way this community pulls together to support each other. I’m happy to be home and doing my part for such a worthy cause.”

One hockey celebrity will join each team of four golfers. A ‘Hall of Fame’ sponsorship entitles the sponsor to the first draft pick of the day – the player of their choice will join their team. Just prior to tee-off a live auction will be hosted. The third draft pick will go to the highest bidder. “These initiatives allow us to raise maximum funds in support of exceptional cancer care here in Northwestern Ontario,” said Tom Mihaljevic, event chair and Director, Business Development for Freedom 55 Financial.

To date, the Freedom 55 Financial Thunder Bay Hockey Celebrity Golf Classic has raised over $230,000 for the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. “100% of those funds stay in Northwestern Ontario to support cancer diagnoses, treatment, and research,” said Glenn Craig, President & CEO of the Health Sciences Foundation. “Events like this tournament have a direct impact on cancer patients in our community. Because of support like this, more people are living with cancer than dying from it.”

For more information about the 2013 Freedom 55 Financial Thunder Bay Hockey Celebrity Golf Classic, please visit www.thunderbaycelebritygolf.ca.

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