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Another Record-Breaking Donation to RMHC Manitoba

posted Jul 9, 2018, 9:14 AM by Kathy Carr
McCain Foods in Manitoba partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Manitoba to host the 23rd Annual McCain Clear Lake Golf Classic, which raised a record-breaking amount of money to help critically ill, chronically ill and seriously injured children and their families by keeping them together during difficult times. 
Event Co-chairs Leonard Birch, McCain Carberry Maintenance Supervisor and Dean Melnic, McCain Portage Plant Manager, presented Wendy Galagan, CEO of RMHC Manitoba, with a cheque in the amount of $105,000, the largest amount raised to-date at the annual golf event.  The collective amount raised for the charity over the course of 23 years has topped an incredible $1.84 million!   Many McCain employees also give their time generously to support this event, an amazing demonstration of the company’s family values and on-going community support. 
“McCain’s steadfast support to RMHC Mani­toba is an inspiring example of community and giving, and RMHC Manitoba is sincerely thank­ful for McCain’s incredible generosity and ongoing commitment,” stated CEO Wendy Galagan.  “Together, with McCain and its wonderful sponsors, RMHC Mani­toba is truly making a difference in the lives of Manitoba families with a sick or injured child.  Like our families, we are strong together.”
160 golfers supported the event, teeing off while the one-and-only King Spud cheered them on.  Many of the golfers have attended the event since its inauguration 23 years ago, which clearly demon-­st­rates the passion and commitment people have for this meaningful charity.
Dean Melnic, Event Co-Chair and McCain Portage Plant Manager was thrilled to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities to help them achieve their goal of supporting families th­roug­­hout Manitoba. “Being good and doing good in the communities where we operate is part of the fabric of McCain and true to our core company values. I’m very proud of what we have accomplished together and look forward to seeing this event continue to grow for many years to come.”   
Guests had the pleasure of meeting the Mistry Family, who spent a month at the Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald Mc­Donald House in Win­nipeg after their twin boys were born premature at 32 weeks.  The family is forever grateful to RMHC and its supporters for allowing them to stay close to their tiny babies.  They made strong connections to the staff and volunteers, as well as lifelong connections to other families they met at the House during their healing journey.  The twins’ grandmother from Kenya and their great-grandparents from India also attended the event, making it an extra-special occasion.
In honour of the continued support and generosity of McCain and the amazing teams at the Carberry and Portage la Prairie plants, RMHC Manitoba worked with Lynley Baranyk, a local artist to create ‘one of a kind’ thank you pieces of art.  Lynley works in a multiple of mediums and photography. Using acry­lics and her unique pouring techniques she created original pieces using the colours from the McCain retail logo and those of the RMHC Manitoba logo to symbolize the strong and beautiful partnership between McCain and RMHC Manitoba.  
The McCain Clear Lake Golf Classic event continues to be one of the top fundraisers in Canada for RMHC Manitoba, and plans are already underway for the 24th Annual Golf Classic, which is being planned for June 11, 2019.

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