Numbers are in for Oilers Christmas Bureau Copper Jackets Luncheon

The Numbers are in - and they are nothing short of outstanding!

Tuesday, 12.15.2009 / 11:46 AM MT / Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
By Edmonton Oilers Press Release
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Numbers are in for Oilers Christmas Bureau Copper Jackets Luncheon
One of many Oilers-donated silent auction items - a team-autographed jersey. (photo: Andy Devlin / EOHC)
Edmonton, AB – Over 650 people gathered at the Shaw Conference Centre on Friday, December 11, 2009 to participate in the Edmonton Oilers Copper Jackets Luncheon in support of the Christmas Bureau. Surpassing all previous years’ totals, this year’s Copper Jackets luncheon raised $175,000.
“This event was a huge success; hats off to the Copper Jackets and the Oilers employees who make this one of the most important events of the holiday season. The $175,000 raised makes a significant dent in the Christmas Bureau’s $1.5 million fundraising goal,” said Kevin Lowe, Oilers President of Hockey Operations. “It was just wonderful to participate in this event that has grown so significantly since it began nine years ago.”

$100,000 of the event’s funds raised came from the silent and live auctions which successfully drew in $36,200 and $63,800 respectively. The most sought after items in the live auction were a trip the 2010 Masters in Augustana which was donated by local developer Greg Christianson and a VIP golf trip with the Oilers to Palm Springs.

The Oilers family and the Christmas Bureau have a longstanding tradition of joining forces in December. This year, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is running the Ornaments of Hope program with the proceeds being donated to the Christmas Bureau.  Fans can get involved by purchasing an Oilers signed ornament in-game on December 19 or by bidding in the Ornaments of Hope online auction at

“There is an expectation in the community to support the Christmas Bureau and the Oilers family is thrilled to once again help bring Edmonton’s less fortunate festive meals over the holidays,” said Natalie Minckler, EOCF’s Executive Director. “We are heavily involved with Christmas Bureau and have been since 1979 when the Oilers joined the NHL.”

Founded in 1940, the Christmas Bureau is one of Edmonton's longest serving non-profit organizations.

Through individual and corporate donations, they are able to provide for more than 65,000 Edmontonians in need. The Christmas Bureau’s work ignites Edmonton’s spirit of compassion and generosity to make the holiday season brighter.
For more information on the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and the Copper Jackets, visit

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

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation cares deeply about our Community. 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. With a focus on education, health and wellness for youth in Oil Country, the EOCF is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and safe communities by demonstrating philanthropic leadership.

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 $2.5 million annually to charitable organizations registered with Revenue Canada whose programs support education, health and wellness for youth throughout Oil Country.