The 12th annual Gord Bamford Foundation Charity Golf Classic is looking to surpass $4 million for Canadian charities.
This year, country singer Bamford will be joined Aug. 7 and 8 by music stars Jess Moskaluke, Aaron Pritchett and JoJo Mason, along with many sports icons.
“Every year, it seems to get bigger and bigger and it is exciting to think about what is going to happen this year,” Bamford said.
Last year, the event raised $469,720, with the proceeds going to MusiCounts, the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre and Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Lacombe and District — a charity that Bamford holds dear to his heart.
“When I was younger, I had a Big Brother into my late teens, and he was a big influence on my life,” said Bamford.
“It is an organization for anyone looking for a great mentor or support system. A lot of the things we give back to through the foundation are things that have impacted my life, my family and my kids.
“That is why it is really youth driven — 95 per cent goes to youth charities.”
Bamford said he is excited to keep things fresh at this year’s gala.
“All we are trying to do is not only get musicians and hockey players, but also Olympians and people from different sports. It is getting to be so good now, that people are phoning us to be a part of it.”
He added NHL alumni and curling pros such as Brad Gushue and Kevin Koe will be joining the fun this year.
While the gala, due to the size of the event, is being held in Red Deer, Bamford said he is proud to keep the golf tournament in Lacombe, where he grew up.
“It is nice to keep it in a community I was raised in, and it’s nice to come in once a year and try to make a difference,” he said.
Bamford said being able to raise almost $4 million through the foundation is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of his career.
“Keeping our money in Canada is a big deal for me — a lot of people need help right in our own country and I’m proud to keep it in central Alberta and a lot in Lacombe,” he said.