Oilers spread Christmas cheer at Inner City High

Wednesday, 12.16.2009 / 11:34 PM MT / Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
By Edmonton Oilers Press Release
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Oilers spread Christmas cheer at Inner City High
Dustin Penner signs an autograph for an Inner City High student December 17.

Edmonton AB – The entire Oilers team and the Oilers Ladies visited Inner City High today for their annual Christmas luncheon with the school’s students. For the third year in a row, the Oilers had the chance to meet with the students and enjoy a lunch together.

“I’ve been involved for three years now, initially made a couple visits to the school and became interested in the project,” said Oilers Captain Ethan Moreau. “It’s good to get all the players out here to make the connection and see the impact of the community work we do.”

Accredited by Alberta Learning, Inner City High offers high-risk youth an academic and arts-based alternative to the traditional school setting. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation has committed to fundraising 15 million in support of their Legacy Project to build a new facility for Inner City High. This new learning facility will cater to 150 students featuring a health and wellness centre, child care facility, elders’ room and a students’ resident.

“The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is thrilled to be supporting Inner City High this Christmas season and through our ongoing fundraising for the Legacy Project,” said Natalie Minckler, Executive Director of the EOCF. “The team at Inner City High does a tremendous job of providing a safe and effective learning environment for these students who are often facing many of life’s challenges.”

On behalf of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, the Oilers Ladies handed out a Christmas gift bag to the students containing a $50 gift card and an Oilers scarf which the players signed.


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.