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Calgary, AB (April 28, 2015): Organizers of the 12th Annual Peanut Butter Classic Golf Tournament continue to set the pace for supporting women and children in need.

The Peanut Butter Classic is a ladies only charity golf tournament for women with passion: a passion to help and a passion to golf. Now in its 12th year, this event, run and organized entirely by volunteers, has raised over $1.175 million to support programs for women and children in need, and contributed over 2400 jars of peanut butter to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. This remarkable achievement has been made possible with the help of our generous sponsors, golfers and volunteers.

Heather Forsyth, MLA for Calgary-Fish Creek, chair and founder of the Peanut Butter Classic says, “Since our 2004 inception, we’ve worked to make a remarkable difference to the lives of local women. This year, in particular, we plan to help the women who seek assistance from Youville - many who are challenged with mental illness and addiction. The environment that Youville provides supports learning life techniques that allow women to be a part of the community - a critical aspect of healing. With the help and hard work of many volunteers we are setting our sights on raising upwards of $200,000 this year."

The tournament will be held on Monday, June 15th at the prestigious Heritage Pointe Golf Club and includes a complimentary golf clinic hosted by Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk, Canada’s long drive champion, a signature gift for each golfer, breakfast, a Spolumbos on-course lunch followed by an 18 hole Texas scramble tournament. It wraps up with a delectable dinner, prizes for all, and a silent auction with a tempting selection of items. And to round it out nicely, Calgary Firefighters will be on hand to lend support to the ladies and join in with the fun.

Shane Homes, a leading residential home builder constructing quality family homes in premier communities throughout Calgary and Airdrie for over 35 years, has been the major sponsor of the Peanut Butter Classic since 2010. Over the years Shane Homes has dedicated millions of dollars and countless volunteer hours to the betterment of Calgary and surrounding communities.

Shane Wenzel, president of Shane Homes says, “We cannot derive an income from the community without giving something back to the community. It’s been bred into us by my parents, Cal and Edith, all these years and we contribute as much as we can in a number of different ways.”

“Supporting causes that promote health, wellness and education is our goal, so these are the types of causes we tend to support and this sponsorship aligns perfectly with our objective.”

“We are going into our sixth year as major sponsor and we are proud to be involved with the Peanut Butter Classic and look forward to another great year and helping them to achieve their goals as well.”

98% of the funds raised at the golf tournament are given to charity. The recipient charity again this year is the Youville Residence Society of Alberta, a long-term recovery residence for women that operates in the Calgary area. Their mandate is to offer holistic recovery programming to a particularly vulnerable and challenged population of women, in some cases with their children, in a safe and loving environment. Calgarians who wish to donate directly to Youville Residence Society of Alberta can do so by calling 403-242-0244 or visiting Youville Residence Society of Alberta

The Peanut Butter Classic board consists of Heather Forsyth, Ann Logue, Ann Christopoulos, Franca Best, Traci Laliberte, Wendy Keegan, Rhonda Halyn, Brenda Kasianiuk, Jennifer Wainwright, Janey Chupik and Jeaninne Zanewich.

For more information and to register go to Peanut Butter Classic

For further information contact:
Heather Forsyth
MLA for Calgary-Fish Creek
Chair/Founder, Peanut Butter Classic