COMMUNITY PARTNERS STEP UP SUPPORT FOR THE INAUGURAL THUNDER BAY GOLF CLASSIC
VALHALLA INN NAMED OFFICIAL HOTEL, THUNDER BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PLEDGES FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR PGA TOUR CANADA EVENT.
The Valhalla Inn and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce have both come on board as tournament partners, it was announced Thursday at a media conference at the hotel.
Located close to Thunder Bay’s south core, the Valhalla Inn has joined as the official hotel for the first year of a multi-year agreement that will see the PGA TOUR Canada come to Thunder Bay for at least the next three years.
"We’re pleased to have had our hotel chosen as the official Hotel partner of the upcoming Thunder Bay Golf Classic this coming July," said Mary McLellen, General Manager of the Valhalla Inn. "We look forward to providing world class accommodations to the participants, officials and their supporters. In partnering with the event we hope to contribute to its success so that the Thunder Bay Golf Classic will remain a regular stop on PGA TOUR Canada."
The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, an outspoken advocate of community-building initiatives, has pledged $12,000 and more in kind in support of the event.
"Events of this kind help to bring life to communities. We’re proud to be a part of this high profile sports competition," said Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. "PGA TOUR Canada is a great fit for our City and ties in very closely with our goal of promoting and strengthening business and community development through effective partnerships."
As host to the 1995 World Nordic Games, 2010 World Junior Baseball Championships and 2011 Special Olympics, Thunder Bay is a city with a long history of support for professional and community-based sports events
"With an experienced host city like Thunder Bay, a passionate fan base, and a tremendous golf course at Whitewater, we have all the right pieces in place for an outstanding inaugural tournament," said Scott Pritchard, Director, Tournament Business Affairs with PGA TOUR Canada.
The PGA TOUR Canada season will tee off May 26th to June 1st at the PC Financial Open in Vancouver, BC and conclude at the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom Financial, September 8th to 15th, at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club in London, Ontario. The Thunder Bay Golf Classic, a new event on PGA TOUR Canada, is set to run from July 14th to 20th, 2014 when the top three players on the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit will earn exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA TOUR.
ABOUT PGA TOUR CANADA.
PGA TOUR Canada is a series of $150,000 events to be played across Canada this summer. The leading five money winners at the end of the season will earn highly placed status on the Web.com Tour in 2014
PGA Tour Canada’s mission is to deliver the future stars of professional golf and enrich the communities we visit.
ABOUT THE VALHALLA INN
Since 1981, the Valhalla Inn has set the standard in Thunder Bay hotel, dining, business, convention and banquet services. More than ‘just another hotel", our warm and friendly hospitality in a striking Scandinavian-inspired hotel ensures that every visit to the full service Thunder Bay Valhalla Inn is unique and enjoyable. Just a two minute drive from Thunder Bay International airport and featuring 262 guest rooms and suites; 2 full service restaurants and lounges; Indoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna and fitness area; and 15 meeting/banquet rooms; the Valhalla Inn is Thunder Bay’s premier full-service hotel.
ABOUT THE THUNDER BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1885 with the Port Arthur Board of Trade and in 1891 with the Fort William Chamber of Commerce. The two organizations amalgamated in 1965 to become the Lakehead Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce was renamed The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce in 1970, and incorporated on August 7, 1979.
The Chamber’s Slogan is: "The Voice of Business" and our Mission Statement is: "To influence effective change and foster an environment where businesses and the community can prosper". Our Vision Statement is: "To be recognized as Thunder Bay’s leading business organization, providing maximum opportunity to its members and advocating for business and community health, growth and economic prosperity." The Chamber’s four pillars of service are: Advocate, Communicate, Educate and Network.
Mary McLellan, General Manager of the Valhalla Inn
" We are thrilled and excited to have been chosen as the official hotel to be hosting all the sponsors, participants and officials of the PGA Tour Canada event .
It is a great event coming to the city. The event will help so many businesses in Thunder Bay, not just ours but everyone. To have that influx of people here in the summer will have a ripple effect in the whole economy. The event will take over 80 to 85% of our hotel but we will have our space for our regular customers.We hope to do the city proud."
Scott Smith, Executive Director of Thunder Bay Golf Classic
"Today we announced the Valhalla Inn as the host hotel and an official sponsor which is great news. We are glad to have them on board. Every little bit of support on this tournament is important not only for making awareness of the city but helping the local charities."
" We haven't put out our marketing documents yet. Everything we have achieved so far has been word of mouth. I get more phone calls wanting to be a part of this than I get phoning people myself. People seem to be excited about bringing an event of this magnitude to our city."
" To date we have 12 people on the advisory board and 16 committee chairs not including the co chairs. Right now we have a team of over 50 in total not including all the creative and advertising people. We are in ther early stage of the event but our committe chairs to me are like a Stanley Cup winning team."
" We have sponsors that provide cash but also others such as ad agency,Generator for event media, Sencia for our web site development and Lakehead Printing helping us. The media include the Chroncle Journal, Dougall Media and Magic 99."