The Gord Bamford Foundation is pleased to announce that $464,755 was raised during the Canadian country singer’s 12th Annual Charity Golf Classic on August 7 and 8. Started in 2008 by Canadian country artist Gord Bamford, the recent contributions to the foundation now surpass a fundraising milestone of over $4 million raised to date for children’s charities across Canada. The event is held in central Alberta and presented by JEDCO Energy Services Corp. This year the event also saw its first-ever live pledge drive that raised $76,000 for featured charity The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC).
“This event all started as a dream back in 2008, to support local charities and children in central Alberta,” explained Gord Bamford. “Now over time we’ve seen the impact these monies can have to support groups such as the CACAC, Make-A-Wish Foundation, MusiCounts and countless other organizations so they can fulfill their dreams. I am so proud of support we’ve received from donors, businesses and friends and to keep hosting this event in my home province.”
The two-day star-studded event in Red Deer, AB included a sold-out evening hosted by Paul McGuire at the Cambridge Hotel Resort & Conference Centre. Over 750 attendees were entertained with performances by Canadian country music stars including; Dallas Smith, Aaron Pritchett, Jess Moskaluke, Jojo Mason, and Bamford himself. Buddy Owens and Galen Griffin also took the stage to perform a Merle Haggard tribute piece, alongside Bamford.
Bamford was also honoured at the event by Jeff McWhinney, Keeper of the Grey Cup. Both the singer and Make-A-Wish recipient Abby, whom Gord had presented a $10,000 donation to earlier in the evening, received white gloves to officially receive the historic trophy. McWhinney also placed his father Glenn’s Grey Cup ring, won in 1954 as an Edmonton Eskimo, on Abby’s finger.
Other beneficiaries from the monies raised this year include Big Brothers Big Sisters Lacombe & District, Blackfalds Wranglers, Canadian Children’s Hospital Foundation, Hockey Alberta Foundation – Every Kid Every Community, Make-A-Wish Foundation, MusiCounts, The Central Alberta Buccaneers, Central Alberta U16AA Ringette, Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre, Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre and Sutter Fund.
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.