Calgary: Hockey Helps the Homeless teams up with NHL Alumni & CWHL Pros to help end homelessness in Calgary
October 1, 2012
NHL Alumni and CWHL Pros join forces in Calgary to reach 2012 fundraising goal of $200,000
Oct 1, 2012 (Calgary, AB) - Hockey Helps the Homeless, a volunteer-driven charitable organization, is preparing to hit the ice running with its fifth annual Hockey Helps the Homeless fantasy hockey event, presented by Vermilion Energy Inc. and Freedom 55 Financial, the financial security planning division of London Life. The event will take place on October 26, 2012 at the WinSport Arena and for the first year ever will include a women’s division. This men and women’s hockey tournament will be complete with star hockey power from the NHL and CWHL and is targeted to raise $200,000 to help Calgary’s homeless.
Hockey Helps the Homeless annual fantasy hockey tournaments have seen over 150 hockey pros participate across Canada since 1996, including, Theo Fleury, Jim Peplinski, Joel Otto, Colin Patterson, Dana Murzyn, Caroline Ouellette and Catherine Ward. Men and women will have the opportunity to play alongside their hockey heroes to raise money in support of the homeless in their community.
‘”As a former NHL player, this organization and their tournaments provide an enjoyable yet tangible way for me and my NHL Alumni associates to give back to our communities. In my experience, the event itself (a single-day hockey tournament, reception dinner and silent auction) presents a unique way to raise the necessary funds to support solutions-based homeless organizations located in the host city. To date, the volunteer-driven organization has raised over $3.5 million in support for long term solutions with homeless agencies, shelters and transition programs across Canada’” said Mike Gartner, former NHL Great and Honorary Chairman.
This year’s event will also include a Fanfest zone where friends and families are invited to join in on the fun and support the cause. There will be exciting activities including autograph signing, an Easton hockey product test tent and interactive hockey games to test your skills.
Proceeds from the 2011 event supported local Calgary outreach partners YWCA Calgary, Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary and Inn from the Cold.
Together we can help make a difference in the lives of homeless men, women and youth struggling across our region. Don’t get stuck on the bench - please visit our website at www.hockeyhelpsthehomeless.comto get involved and help end homelessness in your community.
About Hockey Helps the Homeless
Hockey helps the Homeless is a volunteer-driven charity organization that was established in 1996 when a group of Toronto businessmen decided to turn an annual industry hockey tournament into a charitable event aimed at helping the homeless. Since our inception Hockey Helps the Homeless has expanded its scope and impact right across Canada raising in excess of $3.5 million while driving awareness and support for Canada’s homeless. Through the significant leverage provided by our players, sponsors and supporters in the community as well as the knowledge and expertise of our outreach partners, we intend to facilitate frontline and reintegration projects, while helping foster the corporate and political will to put an end to homelessness in our lifetime. The face of homelessness and its associated social challenges are changing every day. Thirty years ago more than 90% of the people on the street were adult men. Today, it is estimated that there are more than 200,000 homeless people in Canada with children and young families making up the fastest growing segment of the population. If you would like to learn more about the homeless situation in your community and across Canada, you can contact one of the homeless outreach organizations identified on our website (www.hockeyhelpsthehomeless.com ) or you can register to play in one of our many tournaments.
About Vermilion Energy Inc.
Vermilion Energy Inc. is a Calgary based oil and gas producer with operations in Canada, France, the Netherlands and Australia. Vermilion is committed to investing in the communities where its people live and work, and focusses its investments on helping to address the issues of homelessness and poverty. Vermilion is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Hockey Helps the Homeless’ Calgary tournament for a fourth year in a row! Vermilion has been recognized as a Top 25 Best Workplace, both in Canada and in France, for three consecutive years by the Great Place to Work Institute. For more information, please visit www.vermilionenergy.com
About Freedom 55 Financial, the financial security planning division of London Life
Founded in London, Ontario, in 1874, London Life offers financial security advice and planning through its more than 3,150-member Freedom 55 Financial™ division. Freedom 55 Financial offers London Life's own brand of savings and investments, retirement income, life insurance and mortgage products. Together, London Life, Great-West Life and Canada Life serve the financial security needs of more than 12 million people across Canada.
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life are building Stronger Communities Together™ with Hockey Helps the Homeless and many more progressive Canadian charities. As an Imagine Caring Company, we contribute a minimum of 1% of average pre-tax profits to non-profit, charitable and community organizations each year.
About YWCA Calgary
The YWCA of Calgary is dedicated to breaking the cycles of domestic violence, homelessness and poverty. We believe that healthy women and healthy families lead to a thriving community. During its more than 100 year history, the organization has touched tens of thousands of lives and has evolved its programming to meet the changing needs of women in the community. The YWCA of Calgary provides a continuum of services focused on moving women from a position of vulnerability to one of sustainable strength and opportunity. For more information, please visit www.ywcaofcalgary.com
About Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary
Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. They offer programs and activities at 26 locations, with trained, dedicated staff and volunteers who support children and youth, ranging in age from pre-school to young adulthood. Some programs offer physical recreation, technology, the arts and personal growth, while other locations provide nutrition services, family support programs, emergency shelter and other supports to children and youth at risk. For more information, please visit www.boysandgirlsclubsofcalgary.ca
About Inn from the Cold
Inn from the Cold began out of a community concern for the growing number of people in Calgary facing homelessness during the bitterly cold winter of 1996-1997. On May 2, 1997, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church opened its doors to provide shelter and hope to Calgary’s homeless families and others in need. In October 2008, Inn from the Cold opened Calgary’s first Emergency Family Shelter. Today, families stay at our shelter and in our “Community Inns,” which operate on a rotating basis 365 days a year. Inn from the Cold is a place where individuals, the faith community and organizations unite with the common goal of helping those who need it most. We currently have over 2,700 active volunteers and still honor our original “people helping people” vision. For more information, please visit www.innfromthecold.org
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Marsha McFadgen| Hockey Helps the Homeless | 416-270-4738| email@example.com