Courtnall brothers launch third Courtnall Celebrity Classic in support of Victoria Hospital Foundation’s Building Care Together Campaign and mental health

Courtnall brothers launch third Celebrity Classic

Posted in: Press Releases, Spotlight- Jan 26, 2011

Victoria and Oak Bay will once again host business, sports and Hollywood celebrities this summer as Geoff, Russ and Bruce Courtnall announced the third Courtnall Celebrity Classic will be held July 22 – 24, 2011, in support of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s $25 million Building Care Together campaign.

Previous Courtnall Celebrity Classics, held in 2003 and 2004, raised more than $2 million for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and helped create the Archie Courtnall Centre which opened in October 2004. Business, sports and Hollywood celebrities from across North America came to Victoria to dine, play golf and raise invaluable funds for mental health care in our community.

This summer, celebrity sightings will take place around Victoria’s Inner Harbour, at the Victoria Conference Centre and on the Victoria Golf Course. A fundraising dinner, auction and golf game are all in the works and the Courtnalls have been overwhelmed by the positive response they have received since deciding to host a third Celebrity Classic after a six-year hiatus.

“Ron MacLean has confirmed he will MC and no one we have asked has said no, if their schedule permits they will be here,” said Russ Courtnall. “For the last six years, I have been fielding phone calls from past supporters like Don Felder, Wayne Gretzky, Jim Treliving and Pamela Anderson, asking if we are hosting it again and now I can finally say yes!” Hometown NHL heroes Jamie Benn and Ryan O’Bryrne will be encouraged to come and play and even Russ’ Battle of the Blades nemesis Valeri Buré has promised to try and be here.

“People loved the event and saw first hand what all the hard work, fundraising and sponsorship achieved for our community,” said Bruce Courtnall, who also sits on the Building Care Together campaign cabinet. “Together we helped build the Archie Courtnall Centre and now we want to help the Victoria Hospitals Foundation reach its fundraising goal for mental health care equipment in the new Patient Care Centre.” As part of the $25 million Building Care Together campaign goal, $4 million is required for mental health care equipment.

“We are challenging Victoria and Oak Bay to help us turn this into an even bigger event,” said Geoff Courtnall. “Past years have included a full-day, CFAX radio-thon and impromptu concerts. We know we can raise even more money for mental health care if we just get creative.”

Building Care Together is the largest capital campaign ever undertaken by the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. Co-chaired by the Honourable Ted Hughes and Ms. Leslee Farrell, equipment purchased with campaign donations will equip the new Patient Care Centre at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.

For information and updates on the Building Care Together campaign, visit www.buildingcare.ca.

Media contacts:
Tartan Group, 250-592-3838
Deirdre Campbell: 250-592-3838, 250-882-9199 (cell) or deirdre@tartangroup.ca
Kate Rogers: 604-880-1494

Victoria Hospitals Foundation
Susan Gee: 250-893-1823 or susan@acumenpr.ca