Graham Slam Tees Up with the Children’s Wish Foundation - Saskatchewan Chapter as the Event’s Official Local Charity
Saskatoon, SK (April 11th, 2017) - The Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation announced today that they will be working with the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, Saskatchewan Chapter as the official local charity of their annual Graham Slam charity golf tournament. This year’s event will be held on Monday, June 12th at Riverside Country Club in Saskatoon, SK. Money raised from the event will be donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation to grant the wishes of sick children throughout the province, of which there are more than ever this year.
As the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity, with over thirty years of granting nearly 25,000 of the single most heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, The Children's Wish Foundation is now expanding its reach to include children with serious neurological and genetic diagnoses. These at-risk children have complex care and mobility challenges and are dependent on their families for their day-to-day activities.
Through a Children’s Wish experience, these special children and their families enjoy respite from their illnesses and renewed sense of hope. Every individual wish is carefully planned with the children and their families to provide memories to last a lifetime and enhances quality of life.
“The wishes we create are each as unique as the children we serve,” said Gay Anderson, Provincial Director of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, Saskatchewan Chapter. “No parent wants their child to be eligible for a wish, however in times of medical crisis and uncertainty, the Children’s Wish Foundation is here for these children and their families to create memories, celebrate moments of joy and most of all to focus on something positive beyond all the hospital visits, doctor's appointments, surgeries and treatments. We strive day after day to make sure that we are accessible to all medically eligible children and that we have the funds in place to do so. By choosing the Children’s Wish Foundation to benefit from the 2017 Graham Slam, the Graham & Ruby DeLaet Foundation have truly touched the lives of these very ill yet deserving Saskatchewan children.”
Graham Slam, an annual event in the Saskatchewan community since 2013, has raised more than $1 million for various charitable organizations such as the Children’s Hospital Foundation of SK, The Weyburn & District Hospital Foundation, Golf Saskatchewan and Golf Canada, Ronald McDonald House of Saskatchewan, and the Children’s Wish Foundation.
“Ruby and I are excited to be back in Saskatchewan raising money for a great cause,” said Graham DeLaet. “With kids of our own now, we appreciate how important children's health and wellness is. The Children’s Wish Foundation does such amazing things for the children and families affected by life threatening illnesses. We are so happy to partner with them. We are looking forward to a fun few days at Riverside CC.”
"Our family is very excited to be back in Saskatchewan,” said Ruby DeLaet. “We look forward to this event every year! The Children's Wish Foundation is a wonderful organization and we feel honored to be a part of it."
Participants can also be excited about this year’s event - from the food and the course to the entertainment and gifting, it will be a great experience for everyone involved, and will raise some much needed funds to improve children’s health and wellness in Saskatchewan.
Puma Golf, DeLaet’s Official Apparel Partner since 2014, has also stepped up to the plate to provide all Graham Slam participants with some top-tier gifting and prizes. Puma will also be providing golf bags for the championship team, longest drive and closest to the pin winners.
“We are extremely honoured we can support such an amazing foundation and two incredible people in Graham and Ruby,” said Adam Cox, General Manager of COBRA PUMA Golf Canada.
About Graham & Ruby DeLaet Foundation
Graham and his wife Ruby have a long-standing support of children’s health and junior golf. Since 2011, the Graham DeLaet Charity Golf Tournament has supported Saskatchewan-based organizations such as Golf Saskatchewan, the Weyburn & District Hospital Foundation, The Children’s Hospital Foundation of SK, and the Saskatchewan Ronald McDonald House. The 2014 launch of the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation became the umbrella brand that drives the DeLaet’s charitable efforts across Canada and the United States. The mission of the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation is focused on improving the health and wellness of children, as well as supporting the development of junior golfers at all stages.
Foundation Twitter: @Fore_Kids
Event Website: www.grahamslamevent.com
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About Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada
Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more than 30 years, the Children’s Wish Foundation has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to nearly 25,000 children and their families – that’s three wishes each and every day, all year long!
Children’s Wish has chapter offices and professional staff in every province, and each wish family is assigned a dedicated Wish Coordinator who is able to personally and carefully structure each heartfelt wish experience to meet the particular needs of the child and their family. Travel wishes include all siblings 21 years and under living in the same household, and families travel worry-free thanks to exclusive Blue Cross insurance.
Their newly expanded reach, which includes children diagnosed with a serious neurological or genetic illness, means continued strong wish referral support through the medical community. Wish referrals continue to increase year over year, and they are proud to maintain a 'no waiting list' policy, thanks to generous donors.
Now more than ever, we are encouraging Canadians to donate and support Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Help us grant the next single-most heartfelt wish. Visit www.childrenswish.ca for more information and to donate.
For more information please contact:
SportBox Entertainment Group / Graham & Ruby DeLaet Foundation
Provincial Director, Saskatchewan
The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada