The 12th Annual Gord Bamford Foundation Charity Golf Classic is looking to surpass $4 million for Canadian charities.
This year, Bamford will be joined at Cambridge Hotel Resort & Conference Centre on Aug. 7 and at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club by country music stars Jess Moskaluke, Aaron Pritchett and JoJo Mason, along with appearances by many sports icons.
“Every year it seems to get bigger and bigger and it is exciting to think about what is going to happen this year,” Bamford said.
Last year, the event raised $469,720 with the proceeds going to MusiCounts, the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe and District — a charity that Bamford holds dear to his heart.
“When I was younger, I had. Big Brother into my late teens and he was a big influence on my life,” he said. It is an organization for anyone looking for a great mentor or support system. A lot of the things we give back to through the Foundation are things that have impacted my life, my family and my kids.
“That is why it is really youth-driven — 95 per cent goes to to youth charities.”
Bamford said being able to part of the Bamford House in Lacombe is something he is very proud of.
“The Bamford House in Lacombe is something we are really proud of as a place they can run their business out of. They do great things and we are proud to be a part of it,” he said.
Bamford was excited to keep things fresh at the Gala this year.
“All we are trying to do is not only get musicians and hockey players but also Olympians and people from different sports. It is getting to be so good now that people are phoning us to be a part of it,” he said.
He added NHL alumni and curling pros like Brad Gushue and Kevin Koe will all be joining the fun this year.
While the Gala due to the size of the event was forced to relocate to Red Deer, Bamford said he is proud to keep the tournament in Lacombe where he grew up.
“It is nice to keep it in a community I was raised in and its nice to come in once a year and try to make a difference,” he said.
Bamford added being able to raise almost $4 million through the foundation is maybe the most rewarding aspect of his career.
“Keeping our money in Canada is a big deal for me — a lot of people need help right in our own country and I’m proud to keep it in central Alberta and lot in Lacombe,” he said.
He added, “I want to thank everyone who has been coming each year and this doesn’t work without our great volunteers and the people that run it. This thing wouldn’t run without those people. I am looking forward to another great year.”