St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation receives $309,000 from Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

Hee Young Park
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Hee Young Park of South Korea and her caddie Kylie Pratt Australia celebrate a three hole playoff win over Angela Stanford during the fourth round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Canada.


Year-over-year increase of $59,000; raised through tournament proceeds and fundraising efforts

 Waterloo – As the official charity partner of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation received an increased total donation of $309,000 in 2013, raised through tournament proceeds and fundraising efforts. The funds will support the hospital’s innovative volunteer programs, arrhythmia program, in addition to continuing to raise awareness about the importance of women's heart health. 

“St. Mary’s does wonders for the Waterloo community in terms of heart health education and treatment, community engagement and volunteerism,” said Marianne Harrison, President & CEO, Manulife Canada. “The increased donation will certainly have a lasting impact on the hospital and its programs for years to come.”

The increased donation was attributed to new and more successful fundraising efforts by all stakeholders.

“Manulife Financial has been a vital partner in enabling St. Mary’s to become one of the province’s pre-eminent providers of cardiac care, while providing us the unique opportunity to enhance our volunteer program,” said Peter Sweeney, President, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation.  “We’re thrilled that they have continued to invest in the heart health of our community and the hundreds of volunteers who help us deliver our promise every day.”

Since St. Mary’s General Hospital first began providing cardiac care in 2001, Manulife Financial has been one of the Regional Cardiac Care Centre’s key philanthropic partners, contributing nearly $3 million to support patient care.


Heart Health and Cardiac Excellence

St. Mary’s and Manulife Financial’s charitable partnership is a meaningful collaboration in the promotion of heart health and patient care. St. Mary’s is proud to be the Regional Cardiac Care Centre for Waterloo Wellington with a highly specialized program that is committed to ensuring patients in the region have the best health care possible. The cardiac program is comprised of an expert, interdisciplinary health care team that provides a full range of cardiac services with compassion, respect, and a commitment to excellence.


Commitment to Volunteerism

In addition to promoting heart health, Manulife Financial and St. Mary’s General Hospital share a common commitment to volunteerism. Funding from the Manulife LPGA Classic will ensure continued development of volunteer programs at St. Mary’s that have positive impact for patients and their families. 


Another successful tournament

The second-playing of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, held at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario was a great success for the region once again.

“Giving back to local communities in a lasting, impactful way is one the main objectives of the LPGA and its tournaments,” said Richard Kuypers, Tournament Director, Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. “The response we’ve received in the Waterloo Region has been incredible during the past two years, and because of this overwhelming support, we were able to present St. Mary’s with this sizeable donation.”

Shining a global spotlight on Waterloo Region, the tournament received community-wide support and 1,200 volunteers invested their time and talent to the event. Over 127,000 people have attended the tournament in the event’s two years history.  Hee Young Park outlasted Angela Stanford in an exciting three-hole play-off to become the 2013 Champion.

Information on the third annual Manulife Financial LPGA Classic will be available soon.

Topics: Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

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