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Oilers welcome the festive season with Ornaments of Hope presented by ATB

Wednesday, 02.12.2009 / 6:09 PM / Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
By Edmonton Oilers Press Release
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Oilers welcome the festive season with Ornaments of Hope presented by ATB
Edmonton, AB - For the last 30 years the Oilers have supported the Christmas Bureau and once again this tradition will continue. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and the Oilers Ladies are launching Ornaments of Hope. This program gives Oilers fans three ways to participate:
  • On December 19 signed Ornaments of Hope will be available in-game for $20 on the main concourse.
  • Ornaments of Hope Online Auction runs from December 2 – 17, to bid visit edmontonoilers.com.
  • Visit an Edmonton area ATB Financial branch to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a set of team signed ornaments.
“Ornaments of Hope is a new program that gives our fans the opportunity to help the Christmas Bureau provide festive meals to Edmonton’s less fortunate,” said Natalie Minckler, EOCF’s Executive Director. “The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and the team have a longstanding tradition of supporting the Christmas Bureau and we’re proud to once again be doing so.”

ATB Financial is joining forces with the Oilers for Ornaments of Hope giving fans the opportunity to win a full set of ornaments personally signed by 23 Oilers players. Visit your local Edmonton area ATB Financial branch to see the ornaments on display and purchase raffle tickets for $5 each or five for $20. Each branch will be raffling off one set of ornaments; tickets will be on sale from December 1 – 24.

"When it comes to raising money for a favourite charity of both our organizations, ATB Financial and the Oilers are a winning team," said John Windwick, ATB Financial's Vice President, Community and Government Relations. "The Christmas Bureau is a perfect way for our customers and associates to celebrate the season in Oil Country."

The Ornaments of Hope Online Auctions gives fans access to 85 items ranging from Oilers memorabilia, Oilers autographed game-used equipment to vintage Boys on the Bus pieces. The auction opens today at 4:00pm MST and runs until 8:30pm MST on December 17. Visit edmontonoilers.com regularly to bid on items.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is dedicated to building strong and vibrant communities by contributing its resources and financial support to charitable organizations that serve the residents of Oil Country. The EOCF has worked to change lives in Oil Country through their support of a host of deserving organizations. The Foundation gives back in excess of $1 million annually to registered charities throughout Central and Northern Alberta who focus their activities on youth, education and health and wellness.

Edmonton Oilers hockey is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial, TELUS, Cenovus Energy and Ford.

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ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
Established in 2001, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) continues the Oilers legacy of giving back by contributing its unique resources and financial support to charitable organizations that serve the communities of Northern Alberta.  Led by a dedicated community Board of Directors, the EOCF has developed a number of programs and partnerships that target those who need it most.

The EOCF raises its funds through a variety of fundraising initiatives that take place during Oilers home games and the generous contributions of Oilers fans and friends.

The Foundation gives back in excess of $1 million annually to charitable organizations registered with Revenue Canada whose programs support education and health and wellness for youth throughout Oil Country.
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