Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) raised nearly C$3.5 million for children’s heart health during the CPKC Women’s Open, with C$2.9 million to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and C$580,000 to the Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) Foundation.
Megan Khang finished the week with a dramatic playoff win to take home her first Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour victory and the US$350,000 winner’s share of the US$2.5 million purse, one of the largest for a non-major on the LPGA Tour.
“The CPKC Women’s Open returned to Vancouver this week showcasing the best golfers in the world,” said CPKC President and CEO Keith Creel. “On behalf of the entire CPKC family, I want to congratulate Megan Khang on her win! It was a tremendous week of golf. Together, we raised the biggest amount ever during our sponsorship of this this event, this year all in support of children’s heart health in B.C.
“CPKC is honored to continue making a lasting difference in communities across Canada through CPKC Has Heart, our community investment program supporting heart health initiatives,” Creel added. “Over the last decade as title sponsor of the CPKC Women’s Open, through CPKC Has Heart we’ve raised nearly C$20 million for children’s heart health.”
According to CPKC, this year’s total donation is the result of several fundraising efforts of the CPKC Has Heart campaign. Through CPKC Birdies for Heart, the Class I railroad contributed for each birdie made by Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club members prior to the tournament and C$5,000 for each birdie made by LPGA players on the 16th hole during championship tournament play at Shaughnessy. CPKC also matched donations made during a BC Children’s Hospital Foundation campaign online in February, which is heart month.
“One in every 100 children in B.C. is born with a heart defect, and BC Children’s Hospital’s Heart Center is there for them,” said Malcolm Berry, President and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The center provides specialized care and treatment through more than 10,000 patient visits each year. With CPKC’s generous support of the Heart Centre’s physical spaces, patients and families will soon have a true place of healing and comfort, while health care teams will collaborate in ways never before possible. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to CPKC for helping to elevate the care provided at BC Children’s Hospital.”
RIH Foundation in Kamloops was the 2023 CPKC Women’s Open community partner.
“The Royal Inland Hospital Foundation is beyond grateful to partner with CPKC for another successful year raising funds for cardiac care,” said RIH Foundation CEO Heidi Coleman. “Located in Kamloops, B.C., Royal Inland Hospital is the only tertiary acute care hospital in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region, serving a catchment of over 225,000 British Columbians. As our community grows it is imperative that we continue to develop our cardiac program so that when patients require timely access to care they can feel reassured knowing that this type of specialized care is close to home. Through CPKC’s Community Partnership and matching initiatives, we have raised an incredible total of C$580,000 greatly benefitting cardiac care. We can’t thank you enough.”
“What CPKC has done to leave a meaningful legacy in the host communities of the CPKC Women’s Open has been exceptional,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum. “We are so proud of the impact of CKPC on heart health and are thrilled that the British Columbia community will once again benefit from the incredible generosity of our partners through the 2023 CPKC Women’s Open.”