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Avs Better Halves Presents Community Grants

by Colorado Avalanche / Colorado Avalanche

The Avs Better Halves (significant others of Avalanche players, coaches, management) presented $30,000 in community grants to seven non-profit organizations before the Avalanche’s game on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets.

During the season, the Avs Better Halves hosted two fundraising events at Pepsi Center, their annual Holiday Tree Auction and Military T-Shirt Sale. Proceeds from these events were distributed at a pregame reception.

“The Avs Better Halves have done an amazing job this season, and we are truly honored to help support these outstanding community programs through Kroenke Sports Charities,” said Deb Dowling Canino, Execute Director of Kroenke Sports Charities.

Avs Better Halves Grant Agencies:

Advocates for Children – Advocates for Children provides Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to help victims of child abuse and neglect.

Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation / Colorado Sled Hockey – Supports Sled Hockey programs for children and adults who are physically disabled.

Colorado Golden Eagles Hockey – Colorado Special Hockey offers an amateur level ice hockey program for children and young adults, male and female, with Down Syndrome, Autism, ADD/HD, or other development disorder that would prevent an athlete from participating in any other organized program.

Denver Rescue Mission / The Crossing – At the Crossing, families in the STAR Transitional Program are given an opportunity to experience affordable transitional housing in a community setting.

Freedom Service Dogs – Freedom Service Dogs enhance the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs to custom train for individual client needs. Clients include children, veterans and active duty soldiers. FSD provides lifetime support for their client-dog partners.

Fisher House – Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military families so they can be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness or injury. Families do not pay to stay at Fisher House.

Miracles on Ice – The Miracles on Ice Hockey Camp is a one-week summer camp for 9-11 year old inner city boys and girls aimed at teaching basic hockey skills while providing classroom sessions in math and reading.


“We love being involved in the community and look forward to every opportunity that presents itself to us,” said Jessy McLeod, spouse of Avalanche assistant captain Cody McLeod. “We are very blessed and just hope that we can pass along some of those blessings to the local community and beyond.”

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