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50/50 Draws Give Out & Give Back

50/50 draws are a mainstay for Oilers home games in support of local charities

Tuesday, 07.09.2010 / 1:03 PM / Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
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50\/50 Draws Give Out & Give Back
Little compares to the experience of a live hockey game and part of that experience, along with a rocking home crowd and an intermission hot dog, is the 50/50 draw.  The draw has become a mainstay at all Oilers games and each draw represents two big winners: the lucky ticket holder and one local charitable organization.

At just two dollars per ticket, fans get a chance to win a large cash prize while supporting a local charity. With a limit of 30,000 tickets printed for each game, the prize draw on any given night can be up to $30,000, with the same amount divided between a participating charitable organization in Northern Alberta and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

“The Oilers are pleased to be able to provide a 50/50 program that represents a high impact fundraising opportunity for local charities,” said Natalie Minckler, Executive Director of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. “Getting the chance to win a large cash prize is a nice added benefit to the feeling of supporting a great local organization.”

Through the 50/50 program, at 24 home games this season the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club is also providing support to Minor Hockey Associations in Northern Alberta and the Edmonton Oil Kings Education Association.

In addition to over $1.2 million given to 50/50 winners last season, the same amount was given back to minor hockey, ringette teams, and charitable organizations in Northern Alberta. The Oilers are proud to announce the following list of charities that will benefit from the 50/50 draw in the 2010-11 season:

ABC Head Start
Alberta Foster Parent Association
C.A.R.E. Housing Society
Canadian Northern Historical Society
Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada
Chrysalis Charitable Foundation
Edmonton “Dreams Take Flight” Association
Edmonton Epilepsy Association
Excel Resources Society
Hope Mission
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Edmonton Chapter
Kidney Foundation of Canada – Alberta & Territories Chapter
Lloydminster & Area Brain Injury Society
Lo-Se-Ca Foundation
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada – Edmonton Chapter
P.A.L.S. – Project Adult Literacy Society
Parkinson Society of Alberta
Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton
Spirit Keeper Youth Society Ltd.
Strathcona Shelter Society Ltd.
Sturgeon Victim Services
Winnifred Stewart Association

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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