Country Music’s Gord Bamford Goes for The Green With Fundraising This Year

Country music star and Sony Music Canada recording artist Gord Bamford set a new record fundraising of more than $508,000 at the 8th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic in Alberta, Canada, August 12 and 13, 2015. Contributing to that total was a single live auction item that went for a generous $45,000 at the events’ Gala. The item was a vacation to one of Luxus Development’s luxury properties in Tuscany, Italy called Podere Panico.
The Gala took place at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, near Bamford’s hometown of Lacombe where he opened the night with heartfelt remarks and a welcome address expressing his overwhelming gratitude for the support. Bamford attributes much of the event’s success to strong community supporters, the music community, and of course the sponsors and volunteers. Alberta-based businesses and Waschuk Pipeline Construction and JEDCO Energy Services served as the event’s title sponsors, with Hopewell Developments and ETC Décor joining forces as the venue sponsor.

Artists Beverley Mahood, Jess Moskaluke, and Gord himself took the stage and entertained the 800 people attending the sold-out private event. Bamford surprised guests by introducing the legendary Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and fabulous doesn’t begin to describe the performance delivered by the Grand Ole Opry member.
A cavalry of songwriters from Nashville and beyond showed guests where many of the songs they’ve grown love came from. This group boasted Buddy Owens, Galen Griffen, Duane Steele, and Monty Holmes who blew the audience away with their acoustic performances and by sharing great stories from the world of country music.
The Edmonton Sun reported: “These funds will support numerous kid-focused charities like MusiCounts, a creative organization that supplies instruments and funds music programs in Canadian schools. As Bamford says, ‘It’s a shame that music programs are often the first to be cut in our schools. Music is important. Not every school kid wants a hockey stick.'”
Seventeen celebrities and athletes were auctioned off to guests of the Gala who paid up to $10,000 for the opportunity to have the celebrity join their golf team the following day.
“Central Alberta is a spectacular place to bring together a group of supporters to really celebrate the work that these great charities do. The organizations we support change the lives of people in their communities, and for that reason, we’ll continue to build on the success of the event so the Gord Bamford Foundation can continue to give. I’m absolutely honoured and grateful to everyone involved,” said Bamford.
Monies from this event are the main source of fundraising for The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation and are delivered to a variety of youth-centered charities from children’s hospitals across Canada, to KidSport Alberta and Ronald McDonald Charities Central Alberta, to this years featured charity MusiCounts.
Gord Bamford’s “When Your Lips Are So Close”

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