RBC Canadian Open – Purple for a Day

31 07 2012

Congratulations to Scott Piercy, the 2012 RBC Canadian Open Champion, and warm thanks to the thousands of visitors at the tournament who helped to support the Community Child Abuse Council. It was an amazing week. Probably the most excitement for the charity partner came on Saturday – Purple Ribbon Day at the Open – when a sea of purple ribbons adorned hats and shirts, lanyards and golf bags all around the course. Nearly every player, and many caddies, wore the child abuse awareness ribbon and helped to get the message out to television audiences as well as golf fans.

Sales of reusable water bottles, purple ribbons, and donations raised more than $70,000 during the week, and will be added to proceeds from hat sales at RBC branches and other fundraising still taking place as part of the ongoing “Heart of the Open” campaign.

Bo Van Pelt added a purple ribbon to his hat on Saturday, but kept the Council’s logo on his hat all week!

Special thanks to the amazing volunteers who worked so hard all week to make this such a success for the Council! For photos and updates, check the Council’s web site over the next few weeks: www.childabusecouncil.on.ca


Ernie’s in the house…and 3 cheers for Bo!

24 07 2012

The buzz on the course at Hamilton Golf & Country Club today included the excitement surrounding the arrival of Open Champion, Ernie Els, who will compete this week in the RBC Canadian Open. But on a quiet corner of the course, early in the day, six generous supporters of the Community Child Abuse Council got a real treat when they joined PGA Tour Pro, Bo Van Pelt, for a private clinic. These donors paid to spend time with Bo, get tips on their short game, and putting advice, all to raise funds for the Council’s child abuse treatment, prevention, and education programs. Bo Van Pelt didn’t disappoint…he spent individual time with each of the six, provided valuable insights and tips, and shared his knowledge of the game openly. After the exclusive clinic, Bo joined the group for lunch in the RBC Clubhouse Suite and talked about all things golf…life on the tour, competing with the world’s best, juggling family life with career duties, and the quirks of tournament play. He’s a personable and generous man, and a bighearted supporter of the charities selected to partner with tournament stops on the PGA Tour. The hat he wears this week during competition will bear the logo of the Community Child Abuse Council, part of his ongoing support of the many causes embraced by professional golf and its sponsors.

This is an incredibly important week for the Council. Amid the helicopters delivering golf’s royalty onto the course and the media scrambling for the action shots, humble volunteers are engaging golf fans and community attendees in work that will prevail long after the tournament ends. Their efforts over the next several days will help to ensure the right help is there at the right time for children who turn to us for hope and healing after the pain and trauma of abuse. Every purple ribbon they sell, every person they speak with, and every moment they spend being ambassadors for this important cause will leave a lasting legacy that far outlasts the buzz on the course.

Thanks Bo, and good luck this week.

The Start of an Amazing Week at the RBC Canadian Open

23 07 2012

At 6am in the morning, the footprints of the first volunteers and officials to arrive on the course are visible in the dew on the grass…it’s the first day of what will be an action-packed week filled with activity at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club as the 2012 RBC Canadian Open gets underway. And some of those early tracks in the fairway belong to volunteers supporting the Community Child Abuse Council in its precedent-setting involvement at this year’s national tournament…an amazing group of caring and hard working individuals who battled the gruelling heat and humidity all day long to sell reusable water bottles and purple awareness ribbons, accept donations, and manage an on-site effort that will raise important funds to support the Council’s vital child abuse prevention, education, and treatment programs. They are champions even as the week begins, and the entire operation wouldn’t be happening without them.

Brandt Snedeker strolls by, mere hours after flying back from that other Open across the pond. Stephen Ames rolls in a putt with a small but appreciative gallery watching from the shade. RBC’s Gord Nixon, President and CEO, tees off in the morning RBC Invitational Pro-Am. The course is alive with energy and anticipation. Ernie is coming. And right there in the midst of this inspiring environment…tremendous exposure for an important cause, conversations about a difficult topic, and generosity in support of  hope and healing for children and youth affected by trauma and abuse. It’s a wonderful experience to be in the midst of all this, knowing that the week ahead will bring significant gains for the Council in numerous ways.

Retief Goosen causes a considerable stir as he plays through the Par-3 sixteenth hole, but it’s the family walking past – all wearing purple ribbons – that captures my attention. There’s a lot going on today, not least a community coming together for the enjoyment of sport and the support of a good cause. It’s a wonderful start.

If you visit the RBC Canadian Open this week, look for the Council’s volunteers in their yellow shirts and be sure to stop by one of five water stations on the course to buy a reusable water bottle and get a purple ribbon. Saturday, July 28th is Purple Ribbon Day on the course.

LAST CHANCE – “inside the ropes” at the RBC Canadian Open!

15 07 2012

Time is running out for purchasing any of the following amazing experiences that offer insider vantage points at Canada’s national tournament July 23-29th…and each package generates a significant donation for the Community Child Abuse Council, the Local Charity Partner of the 2012 RBC Canadian Open.

Honorary Observer – you and a guest join one of the afternoon pairings on Thursday, July 26th for a rare opportunity to be right in the middle of the action alongside PGA Tour pros. Only one package, for two people, available.

Up Close & Personal – be part of a meet and greet opportunity with PGA Tour pros on July 25th at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club…pick up tips and pointers from the game’s best, get inside the ropes and have access only a few get to experience in a lifetime. Only a few spots left.

Caddy Experience – for the avid golf fan, this is your chance to walk the course and live the game alongside the best on the tour…only a few spots left.

For full details and pricing please contact Karen by Tuesday, July 17th at 12 noon – 905-523-1020 ext. 11 or karen.smith@childabusecouncil.on.ca

Come out and enjoy a unique experience at the 2012 RBC Canadian Open and help support vital child abuse prevention, education, and treatment programs…a win-win for all.


Bo Van Pelt – Heart of the Open

2 07 2012

Bo Van Pelt is currently 16th on PGA Tour money leaders list and ranked 18th in FedEx Cup points

PGA Tour Pro, Bo Van Pelt, has added his support to the Community Child Abuse Council’s “Heart of the Open” Campaign! Fresh off his back nine battle with Tiger Woods over the weekend at the AT&T National, Bo has generously donated more than an hour of his time to give a private golf clinic while at the RBC Canadian Open later this month. Six lucky golfers will spend an hour on the course with Bo for a private clinic focused on chipping, putting, and sand saves, then join Bo for lunch at the exclusive RBC Clubhouse Suite on-site. The donation will raise funds to support vital child abuse prevention, education, and treatment programs provided by the Community Child Abuse Council, the Local Charity Partner of the 2012 RBC Canadian Open.

Interested in being part of Bo’s amazing group of six? Contact Karen at the Community Child Abuse Council (905-523-1020 ext. 11) right away…these spots will not last, and will be made available for auction at an upcoming Council fundraising event if not pre-sold. Big thanks to RBC for adding the exclusive luncheon (valued at $80 per person) to this package.


Volunteers…the Heart of the OPEN

29 04 2012

The 2012 RBC Canadian Open (July 23-29) will be an exciting week of golf, and also an unprecedented week of fundraising for this year’s Local Charity Partner, the Community Child Abuse Council. Recruitment is now underway to assemble a team of volunteers willing to help the Council on-site during the week of the tournament…all part of the Council’s Heart of the OPEN Campaign to raise funds in support of child abuse education, prevention, and treatment programs. Can you spare some time to help out that week? If so, please visit the Council’s web site (www.childabusecouncil.on.ca) and look for the green “Volunteers” button on the home page…that will link you to a volunteer portal where you can register and join the team. There will be shifts each day, from Monday to Sunday, requiring more than 200 volunteers in total. All the action takes place at the beautiful Hamilton Golf & Country Club (in Ancaster), where volunteers will have a chance to soak up the atmosphere at one of the world’s leading golf tournaments before/after their shifts. So, please consider coming out to help, and know that each moment you give to the Council as a volunteer will directly help to make sure vital services are available to abused children and youth when they need them. THANK YOU!