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Oilers 50/50 Program Puts $1.29 Million to Work for Charities, Minor Hockey and Ringette Associations in Oil Country

Thursday, 12.05.2011 / 11:56 AM / Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
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Oilers 50\/50 Program Puts $1.29 Million to Work for Charities, Minor Hockey and Ringette Associations in Oil Country\r\n
OIlers fans purchase 50/50 tickets at a recent game.
(Edmonton, AB) – The Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) today announced the team’s 50/50 program raised over $1.29 million for charitable organizations, minor hockey and ringette associations throughout Oil Country during the 2010-11 season. That’s in addition to paying out $1.29 million to lucky winners at Oilers hockey games.
“In communities and arenas across Northern Alberta you can see firsthand the impact our 50/50 program has made in helping to build and contribute to charities in our communities, in addition to the direct contribution we make annually to minor hockey and ringette associations.  Gifting $1.29 million dollars back is significant,” said Natalie Minckler, Executive Director, EOCF.  “The 50/50 program at Oilers home games provides a wonderful opportunity for groups to raise significant funds very efficiently.”

The Oilers also announced today that applications are now being accepted for the 50/50 program at 2011-12 Oilers home games. Minor hockey and ringette associations or registered charitable organizations in Northern Alberta are invited to submit their applications to be involved in the 50/50 program at one Oilers home game next season.  Applicants will be required to provide a group of 62 volunteers over a five hour period on an assigned game night. All applications must be received by June 30, 2011.

The Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation congratulate and salute last year’s charitable beneficiaries, minor hockey and ringette associations for their participation.  For more information regarding the application process for next season, please visit www.edmontonoilers.com.

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 $1.5 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 Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial, TELUS, Cenovus Energy and Ford.
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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