Brantford, ON (August 4, 2016) – PGA TOUR pro David Hearn teed off his 5th annual charity tournament last week on Monday, July 25th from the Brantford Golf & Country Club, in support of both the Alzheimer Society of Canada (national organization) and the Alzheimer Society of Brant/Haldimand/Norfolk/Hamilton/Halton (local chapter).
Hearn has supported the Alzheimer Society local chapter through the annual charity tournament since 2012, and now also supports the national organization through a Canada-wide partnership that was formed in conjunction with the creation of The David Hearn Foundation.
This year marked the tournament’s first edition under The David Hearn Foundation – Hearn’s charitable umbrella, since the Foundation was formed in 2015.
The tournament was an overall success, bringing in $140,000 that was split evenly between the national and local chapters. The funds will be used towards developing Alzheimer’s disease research across the country, in addition to implementing programs and services at the local level in order to improve care and enhance the quality of life for those affected by Alzheimer’s.
“David Hearn is making a very positive difference in the lives of persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias,” said Mary Burnett, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Society of Brant Haldimand Norfolk Hamilton Halton. “He is an amazing champion of our cause, and we are so appreciative of all that he is contributing through his new Foundation.”
While Hearn is the backbone of the Foundation and the annual charity event, there was an immense amount of support from the community to make the event what it was. The presenting sponsor of the The David Hearn Foundation Charity Classic was Canso Investment Fund out of Richmond Hill, ON. Other major supporters included: Kia Canada, CN, CP, RBC Insurance, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Christine Buckingham McCain, TaylorMade, and Extendicare.
“We started the Foundation last year and it’s been a great success so far,” said Hearn. “My connection to Alzheimer’s is a personal one. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s and died from it. I know the effect it has on families and how challenging it can be when someone is struggling with that disease. That’s why I wanted to do everything I could to help support others who are going through the same thing.”
Photos from the event can be found HERE.
The David Hearn Foundation also sells hats and wine to support the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The wine is available at the Rockway Vineyards wine shop in St. Catherines, ON and on their online shop at www.rockway.net, as well as at over 22 golf courses. The hats are available on Hearn’s website at www.davidhearn.ca/shop.
About The David Hearn Foundation
Founded in 2015, The David Hearn Foundation’s central focus is to support the Alzheimer Society of Canada in reducing the personal and social impacts of the disease by raising funds to provide individuals and families with needed programs and services. Through its partnership, the Foundation will aim to increase awareness, improve care for those in need and enhance the quality of life for those affected by the disease, while also empowering Canadians to take action and create positive change.
The Foundation is an extension of Hearn’s existing charitable efforts with the Alzheimer Society through the annual David Hearn Charity Golf Classic, which has provided charitable contributions to the Alzheimer Society of Brant Haldimand Norfolk Hamilton Halton since 2012.
About the Alzheimer Society Canada
The Alzheimer Society is the leading nationwide health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Active in communities across Canada, the Society offers help for today through our programs and services, and hope for tomorrow by funding research into the cause, prevention and a cure. To learn more, visit www.alzheimer.ca
About the Alzheimer Society of Brant Haldimand Norfolk Hamilton Halton
The Alzheimer Society of Brant Haldimand Norfolk Hamilton Halton is the leading health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Active in communities across the region, the Society offers help for today through our programs and services, and hope for tomorrow by funding research into the cause, prevention and a cure. To learn more, visit http://www.alzhn.ca/
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For further information about the Alzheimer Society of Brant Haldimand Norfolk Hamilton Halton, please contact:
Mary Burnett, Chief Executive Officer
Alzheimer Society of Brant Haldimand Norfolk Hamilton Halton
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