Oilers Foundation Receives Drive One For Your Community Funding from FORD

Thursday, 07.26.2012 / 6:07 PM MT / Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
By Kelsey Spohn
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Oilers Foundation Receives Drive One For Your Community Funding from FORD

Driving change seemed to be the theme of the day as FORD visited the Oilers organization to celebrate the “Drive One For Your Community” event’s success in a brand new 2013 Ford Escape Titanium. Edmonton FORD Dealers’ Jeff Stoddard presented the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation’s (EOCF) Executive Director, Natalie Minckler with the cheque.

With a community-first mentality, for every test drive during FORD’s ‘Drive One For Your Community’ event at this year’s Locker Room Sale, $20 was donated to the Oilers Foundation.

Thanks to Oil Country’s enthusiasm, the EOCF received over $4,000 from this Locker Room Sale initiative.

“We are proud to accept FORD’s donation and commend their community-focused initiative in helping to brighten the lives of those who need it most,” said Natalie Minckler, Executive Director of the EOCF. “Funds donated from the “Drive One For Your Community” event will go towards our funding of E4C’s School Snack Program.”

The snack program provides a nutritious mid-morning snack or breakfast each school day to students in high-needs elementary schools. The snacks ensure that active, young minds and bodies stay healthy. As a result, the students are better able to learn and focus during school.

FORD’s donation will help positively impact the community and enhance this important program in Oil Country.

“Our first “Drive One For Your Community” was very successful and on behalf of the Edmonton FORD Dealers, the proceeds we’re presenting today will be helping feed many children that are in need,” said Jeff Stoddard, Marketing Manager, FORD-Western Region. “We are really happy and proud to support the partnership with the Edmonton Oilers and E4C’s School Snack Program.”

To learn more about the EOCF’s initiatives in Oil Country, please visit


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.