February 29, 2008 10:30 ET

CN selects the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation as community charity for 2008 CN Canadian Women's Open

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 29, 2008) - CN (TSX:CNR) (NYSE:CNI) announced today the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation has been selected as the designated community charity for the CN Miracle Match program as part of this summer's CN Canadian Women's Open golf tournament that will be held at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club from August 11-17, 2008. As a part of CN's sponsorship of the LPGA tournament, a minimum C$100,000 will benefit the CHEO Foundation, located in Ottawa, Ontario. The CN Miracle Match program provides additional fundraising opportunities that will encourage public donations in support of the children's hospital before and during tournament week that will be matched by CN.

CN Miracle Match is designed to rally communities across Canada to support children's hospitals. Each year since 2006, CN has raised funds to support a children's hospital by matching funds raised through various initiatives that are connected with the CN Canadian Women's Open. Over the last two years, close to C$1 million has been raised through these initiatives.

"At CN, we are deeply committed to the strength of our communities by ensuring the health and safety of our youth. CN is pleased to support the CHEO Foundation in Ottawa through the CN Canadian Women's Open and our Miracle Match program," said Stan Jablonski, CN's senior vice-president, Sales. "We hope to surpass the C$546,000 that was raised during last year's event for the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta."

The CHEO Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the physical, mental and social well being of children and their families in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec by raising, managing and disbursing funds to the CHEO centre. The CHEO is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, and conducts world-renowned research activities focused on new advances in care and the development of a comprehensive health system for children and youth.

"It is truly an honour to be selected as the beneficiary of the 2008 CN Canadian Women's Open," said CHEO Foundation President and CEO, Fred Bartlett. "It is encouraging to have partners in the business sector like CN, that share our dedication to the well being of our community's children."

Through the CN Miracle Match program, CN will match all on-site donations made during the tournament week and online contributions. Online donations can be made at when the site is launched on May 1, 2008 and will be accepted until the conclusion of the 2008 CN Canadian Women's Open.

"As co-presenters of the CN Canadian Women's Open, The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is proud to be a part of this initiative that will benefit one of Canada's most outstanding children's hospitals," said Richard Desrochers, chief operating officer, RCGA. "We look forward to seeing Ottawa's golf fans come out and support the stars of the LPGA and the CHEO Foundation."

Tickets for Canada's only LPGA Tour event can be purchased online at or by calling 1-866-571-LPGA.


The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is committed to making a difference in the lives of children, youth and families. As was the case when CHEO opened more than three decades ago, children and youth continue to require dedicated and specialized pediatric health services. CHEO has an established and excellent team of highly qualified personnel, first class treatment, as well as world-renowned research activities to meet the needs of its young patients.


Stars of the LPGA Tour will be featured at the $2.25 million (US) CN Canadian Women's Open from August 11-17 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club in Ottawa, Ont. The CN Canadian Women's Open is proudly sponsored by the Canadian National Railway Company. For updated corporate hospitality, sponsorship opportunities, daily tickets, and volunteer information please visit


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The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing 377,000 members at 1,600 clubs across the country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, the RCGA's mission is to grow participation in and passion for the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. The RCGA actively conducts major programs and services to help shape the present and future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, rules of golf and amateur status, handicapping and course rating, turfgrass and environmental research, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program, are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. In addition, the RCGA conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships showcase the best performers of Canadian golf. For further information on what the RCGA is doing to support golf in your community please visit

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