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Sep 15, 2011

18th annual Bell/Ottawa Senators Charity Golf Classic raises $115,000 for charity

OTTAWA - The Sens Foundation is pleased to announce that $115,000 was raised earlier today during the 18th annual Bell/Ottawa Senators Charity Golf Classic, held at the Kanata Golf & Country Club. More than 130 golfers, along with members of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, attended this year’s event, the club’s first official public function of the 2011-12 season.

The proceeds from today’s event are being directed to youth mental health progams and initiatives at the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health and project s.t.e.p, a local organization that addresses youth addiction.

“On behalf of the Sens Foundation, I want to thank our sponsors and guests for supporting these great causes,” said Danielle Robinson, president, Sens Foundation. “It’s a focus of the Sens Foundation to raise awareness about youth addictions and mental health. It’s hard to believe one in five people in Canada suffer from some form of mental illness and, of the teens who commit suicide every year, more than 60 per cent were addicted to drugs or alcohol. Thanks to events like this we are able to make a significant contribution to support two great initiatives focused on helping youth in our community in the area of treatment, education and prevention.”

“The Bell Mental Health Initiative is working to end the stigma surrounding mental health and improve access to care for those who suffer,” said Gary Cameron, Bell’s vice-president of networking and security solutions. “The Bell Sens Charity Golf Classic is a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds for one of the most pervasive yet misunderstood and under-funded health concerns in Canada.”

The Bell/Ottawa Senators Charity Golf Classic has collected more than $1.4 million over its 18-year history.