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L.H. Gray & Son/Gray Ridge Egg Golf Tournament Raises $10,000 For Farm Care Foundation


June 30, 2011
By L.H. Gray & Son

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June 30, 2011 – A new charitable foundation that supports food and farming outreach programs will benefit from the proceeds of L.H. Gray & Son/Gray Ridge Egg Farms’ fifth annual customer appreciation golf tournament held in St. Marys on June 21.

June 30, 2011 – A new charitable foundation that supports food and farming outreach programs will benefit from the proceeds of L.H. Gray & Son/Gray Ridge Egg Farms’ fifth annual customer appreciation golf tournament held in St. Marys on June 21.
The event, attended by over 160 egg farmers and industry supporters, raised money through various events and contests held throughout the day as well as donations from the company and individual golfers. The $10,000 in proceeds from the day is double what the event was expected to generate.
The Farm Care Foundation, an initiative of the Ontario Farm Animal Council (OFAC) and AGCare, focuses activities on ensuring public trust and confidence in food and farming. The contribution by L.H. Gray will be put into funding programs that include regional and national agri-food awareness efforts. A portion of the proceeds will also go to support OFAC’s Young Ambassador program which funds a training series for youth in the agriculture industry who want to positively represent agriculture. The Jim Johnstone Young Ambassador fund was established in 2008 as a tribute to OFAC's first chair who was a true champion for egg farmers and a leader in agriculture.
Bill Gray, President of L.H.Gray &Son Ltd., said his company is extremely pleased to support the initiatives led by the Farm Care Foundation and OFAC. “We saw our golf tournament as being a great opportunity to raise awareness and support for this valuable cause. We’re proud to be part of a program that helps to ensure agriculture’s voice is heard by Canadian consumers.”
Ian McKillop, an egg farmer and vice chair of the Farm Care Foundation, participated in the day’s activities and said that the foundation was extremely pleased with the donation. Said McKillop,  “The interest in food and farming has never been greater, and this generous donation will help to expand the efforts of both the Farm Care Foundation and the Jim Johnstone Young Ambassador Fund. We really appreciate the commitment shown by L.H. Gray in helping to raise awareness and funds for these causes.”

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