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Star Athletes, Olympians and Paralympians Join HBC Partners to Raise $500,000 for HBC Foundation

TORONTO, ON (June 12, 2014) – On Wednesday June 4th, the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) Foundation proudly hosted the 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Spa in support of Canadian Athletes and Dress for Success, New York, raising $500,000 for this year’s charitable beneficiaries. Held at the prestigious Glencairn, Glen Abbey and Rattlesnake Point golf clubs, the sold-out event brought together 700 vendors, volunteers, partners and HBC Associates as well as celebrity athletes including former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark, former Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston, former NHL star and member of Canada’s 1991 Gold Medal World Junior Team Brad May, former Buffalo Bills player and current TSN broadcaster Steve Tasker, among others, to help raise much needed funds for some very worthy causes.

Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes were on hand to lend their expertise to golfers on the green and posed for photos with guests as they golfed or indulged in treatments at the spa. Athletes included:

-       Alex Bilodeau, (Freestyle Skiing): 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Gold; 2014 Sochi Olympics, Gold

-       Jennifer Botterill (Women’s Hockey): 1998 Nagano Olympics, Silver; 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, Gold; 2006 Torino Olympics, Gold; 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Gold

-       Jason Burnett, (Gymnastics/trampoline): 2008 Beijing Olympics, Silver; 2012 London Olympics, Finalist; World Record Holder, Routine Difficulty

-       Karen Cockburn, (Trampoline): 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Gold; 2004 Athens Olympics, Silver; 2008 Beijing Olympics, Silver

-       Ashleigh McIvor (Ski-Cross): 2010 Olympics, Gold

-       Jennifer Heil (Freestyle Skiing): 2006 Torino Olympics, Gold; 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Gold

-       Rachelle Viinberg (Rowing): 2012 Olympics, Silver

-       Curt Harnett (Cycling): 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Silver; 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Bronze; 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Bronze

-       Mark Oldershaw (Canoe/Kayak): 2012 London Olympics, Bronze

-       Mathieu Turgeon (Trampoline): 2000 Sydney Olympics, Bronze

-       Cassie Campbell (Women’s Hockey): 2006 Turin Olympics, Gold; 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, Gold

-       Tyler Miller, (Wheelchair Basketball): 2007 Civitan Top Athlete Award; 2009 Ontario Provincial Team, Bronze; 2010 Ontario Provincial Team, Silver; 2011 Parapan American Games, Bronze

-       Isaac Bouckley, (Swimming): 2012 London Paralympics

-       Victoria Nolan, (Rowing): 2012 Beijing Paralympics

-       Joel Dembe (Wheelchair Tennis): 2012 London Paralympics

“Our Charity Golf Tournament and Spa is the single largest fundraising event hosted by the HBC Foundation, making this day an incredibly important one in helping us meet our commitment to Canadian athletes and in turn, help them achieve their gold medal dreams. And we’re thrilled to have the Lord & Taylor Foundation be a part of this fantastic event for a second year. Through the LT Foundation, proceeds from the event also support Dress for Success, New York.” said Stephen Cerrone, Executive Vice President, Human Resources. “With just this one day we were able to reach the half million dollar mark for our charitable partner organizations and with the generosity of our sponsors and vendors, we hope to exceed that year after year.”

This year’s donations will help support Canadian athletes as they prepare for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition, through the Lord & Taylor (LT) Foundation, proceeds collected from the Company’s American vendors and partners will be directed to Dress for Success, New York, which promotes economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Since its inception, the HBC Foundation’s Charity Golf Tournament and Spa has raised $8.3 million for a range of charities and initiatives in Canada and the U.S. For more information about the HBC Foundation, visit hbc.com.

About HBC Foundation

The HBC Foundation is one of Canada’s leading charitable organizations dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians through programs that reflect our distinct Canadian values. Hudson’s Bay Company is proud to celebrate its long-standing connection with Canadians beyond the walls of our stores and into the cities, schools and streets of communities across the country through its various programs and fundraising initiatives.

About Hudson’s Bay Company

Hudson’s Bay Company, founded in 1670, is North America’s longest continually operated company. Today, HBC offers customers a range of retailing categories and shopping experiences primarily in the United States and Canada. Our leading banners – Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH – offer a compelling assortment of apparel, accessories, shoes, beauty and home merchandise. Hudson’s Bay is Canada’s most prominent department store with 90 full-line locations, one outlet store and thebay.com. Lord & Taylor operates 49 full-line locations primarily in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S., four Lord & Taylor outlet locations and lordandtaylor.com. Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent luxury specialty retailers, comprises 39 U.S. stores, five international licensed stores and saks.com. OFF 5TH offers value-oriented merchandise through 75 U.S. stores and saksoff5th.com. Home Outfitters is Canada’s largest kitchen, bed and bath specialty superstore with 69 locations. Hudson’s Bay Company trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “HBC”.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Tiffany Bourré
Director, External Communications
Hudson’s Bay Company
Phone: (905) 595-7184
Email: tiffany.bourre@hbc.com