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RBC raises $20k through charity event

RBC Bahamas recently held a golf tournament aimed towards continuing the fight against cancer, raising $20,0000 in the process through the event.

On February 2, 64 golfers participated in a charitable golf tournament sponsored by RBC to benefit Ride for Hope, which raises money to benefit organizations aligned to the fight against cancer. The tournament, held at the Albany championship golf course, raised the$20,000 through entry fees, cash donations and a raffle item.

“RBC has long supported the needs of the community and was pleased to sponsor this tournament to benefit this worthy cause,”said Ross McDonald, senior vice president, RBC Caribbean Banking.”Our partnership with Ride for Hope is important to RBC since it combines two of RBC’s corporate priorities: Giving back to the community and supporting activities and causes that are important to our clients and staff.”

The funds generated through the tournament will be applied to the expansion of the Family Island Mammogram Screening(FIMS)Initiative, which is critical given the increasing epidemic of breast cancer across The Bahamas.

A raffle for an autographed Stephen Ames PGA Golf Bag, donated by RBC, added to the amount raised. Raffle tickets were sold to the golfers at three chances for$25. The raffle generated$2,000, and the prize went to Myles Pritchard. The golf bag took on a life of its own though when Myles donated it back to RBC, with a request that it be auctioned at the dinner following the tournament. A spontaneous live auction ensued, raising another$600. The winning bidder, Dale Bronstein, promptly paid for his prize, then said,”That was so much fun, let’s do it again.”The second auction for the golf bag fetched a winning bid of$1,000, allowing the bag to be reclaimed by Myles Pritchard generating a total of$3,600 for Ride for Hope.

“We sincerely thank RBC and all of the golfers for their generosity,”said Stephen Holowesko, co-founder, Ride for Hope.”Ride for Hope’s signature event is a fundraising bike-a-thon held in The Bahamas each spring, but that one event is not enough to meet the significant needs. In particular, the need to combat breast cancer is extremely urgent in The Bahamas. The money raised will directly and immediately benefit women in the Family Islands who are desperately in need of breast cancer screenings.”

To further support Ride for Hope, RBC also announced that it will support the 2011 Ride for Hope bike-a-thon in Eleuthera on April 2, with a$10,000 sponsorship.

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