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Jun
28,
2010

Celebrities, golf and raising money for a great cause!

Featured in the photo from left to right are Craig Walkins, Matt Dunigan, Dan Cooper, Frank Dunigan

Featured in the photo from left to right are Craig Walkins, Matt Dunigan, Dan Cooper, Frank Dunigan

I’m proud to be partnered with a great organization such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton. Their work has a tremendous impact on children at-risk in our community, providing critical mentorship programs for children and youth of all ages who need our help.

And I’m immensely pleased that the first Dan Cooper Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament held on June 24th at Glen Abbey was a sold out affair and is fully expected to have reached BBBSH’s goal of raising $60,000. I want to thank all those who participated to make this inaugural invitational a huge success, and to the celebrities who made time for this great cause – CFL greats Matt Dunigan and Miles Gorrell, Canadian actor Art Hindle, sports broadcaster and former NHL executive Gord Stellick to name a few.

Jules Graham-Hood, BBBSH Executive Director, had these kind words, “We are very grateful to have Dan and his team looking at a long-term relationship with BBBSH and our ‘Give Where You Live Work and Play’ campaign. Next year has some new surprises in store for our more fair weather golfers who wish to play a little and enjoy a little pampering and delicacies in support of BBBSH.”

It can be a challenge when there are several golf tournaments each day for worthy charities, not to mention donor fatigue. However grassroots charities such as the BBBSH are preventative in focus, helping children in the early stages by providing mentorship that has a positive impact that lasts a lifetime with these kids of all ages. Our young people are our future leaders and it is critical that we provide all the support we can to ensure they develop into good citizens, business people and community leaders. Few of us may be aware that there are hundreds of youth at-risk here in our own community. Often, our comfortable and insular lives shield us from some very hard truths in our back yard. This reality, however, is only too clear to the great people and volunteers at BBBSH.

“Give where you live” is a slogan adopted by many charitable organizations across North America, but it really does sum up my own personal philanthropic objectives and the approach of the Dan Cooper Team when it comes to donations and giving back to the community. I have chosen a number of outstanding organizations in which to make significant contributions. The new Oakville Hospital will be built in the very near future and so I have pledged a percentage of my commissions to the Oakville Hospital Foundation because I believe a strong and vibrant community needs state-of-the-art health care for its citizens.

I was also proud to be the venue sponsor for Comic Vision at Le Dome on North Service Road East in April. This is Canada’s most successful night of stand-up comedy and fundraising in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Other organizations I support include the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Culture and arts are also critical for the well-being of a community and I’m proud that my Dan Cooper Concert Series brings internationally acclaimed performers to our small corner of the globe.

To find out who is performing in the coming months visit www.oc4pa.ca.

I encourage all of you to give back to the community in any way you can; whether it is with money or time or both. Your efforts and contributions help make our community stronger and a better place in which to live.