St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation announces Pro-Am

April 24th, 2012




April 24,2012 

Exclusive opportunity to play with an LPGA professional and benefit charity

Waterloo – The inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic will take place from June 18 – 24, 2012, at Grey Silo Golf Course inWaterloo,Ontario. This official full-field LPGA tournament will bring the best female golfers in the world to Waterloo Region.

This is your exclusive opportunity to play a round of golf with one of the world’s best golfers.

The St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation Charity Pro-Am on June 18, 2012, is the kick-off event to the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, providing the opportunity to play a round at Grey Silo under tournament conditions, alongside a LPGA Tour professional. With only 20 foursomes available to purchase, this will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The day will begin with breakfast in the clubhouse and the announcement of team pairings, followed by a quick warm-up session and a shot-gun start at 9.00 am. The day will conclude with an exclusive cocktail reception in the clubhouse.

Proceeds generated from the day will enhance our hospital’s vital volunteer program and support our Regional Cardiac Care Centre while allowing us to raise awareness about the importance of women’s heart health.

“The charity pro-am for the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic is going to be one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities,” said Peter Sweeney.  “It will be an exclusive chance to golf with one of the world’s finest professional athletes and we expect it to be one of the highlights of the tournament.”

The Team Package includes four Charity Pro-Am participant positions, including breakfast, on-course hospitality, cocktail reception, four gift packages, and first right of refusal for 2013 St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation Charity Pro-Am team. Team pricing is $6000.

“We are excited this world-class tournament will benefit one of this community’s most important local charities,” shared Nicole Boivin, Senior Vice President and Chief Branding and Communications Officer at Manulife Financial. “We chose St. Mary’s as our charity partner because of their strong local roots, their commitment to volunteerism, and their work to help improve the quality of life and health of residents in the region. We encourage Waterloo Region to participate in this special opportunity and help kick start the tournament.”

“Raising money for charity is one of the main objectives of the LPGA and its tournaments,” noted Richard Kuypers, Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Tournament Director. “Given the community engagement levels we’ve already seen, we’re confident that many local philanthropists will sign up for this exclusive opportunity to play with an LPGA professional.”

For more information, or to secure your team, kindly please contact:
Lisa Short, Development Manager, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation
(519) 749-6737

About the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic is a new addition to the LPGA Tour and will feature a standard eligibility field of 144 players, 72 holes of stroke play and a purse of $1.3 million. The 2012 inaugural tournament will take place June 20-24, at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario, home of Manulife Financial’s Canadian Division. For more information please visit:
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About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia,Canada and theUnited States. In 2012, we celebrate 125 years of providing clients strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$500 billion (US$491 billion) as at December 31, 2011. The Company operates as Manulife Financial inCanada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in theUnited States.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at

About St. Mary’s General Hospital
Located in the heart of Kitchener, Ontario, St. Mary’s is an adult acute-care hospital and Regional Cardiac Care Centre. Serving Waterloo Region,WellingtonCounty and beyond, St. Mary’s has an established reputation for providing quality, compassionate and innovative care. The hospital’s cardiac team provides more than 3,400 cardiac catheterizations, 1,050 coronary angioplasties, 750 cardiac surgeries and 275 pacemaker insertions every year.

 St. Mary’s patient-centred approach to care is augmented by a strong and dedicated team of more than 500 volunteers who contribute nearly 40,000 hours of service a year in 100 unique roles and programs.

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Media Contacts:

Tracy Van Kalsbeek
Public Relations Consultant
Manulife Financial Canadian Division

Lisa Short
Development Manager, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation
St. Mary’s General Hospital
(519) 749-6737

Richard Kuypers
Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Tournament Director
Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
519-884-5742 ext. 206

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