MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation is proud to team up with Jonathan Drouin to launch the Jo et ses champions Program. By committing to a personal annual contribution of $165,000, Jonathan chose to acquire a specially-designed Bell Centre suite that will provide less fortunate children with an opportunity to attend Montreal Canadiens home games this season.
"From the first day I got here, I wanted to get involved and do something for children by giving them an opportunity to enjoy memorable experiences. By giving them a chance to attend a hockey game, I am hoping that an evening in the suite will provide the kids and their families with some relief from the personal hardships they are facing,'' says Drouin. "They'll have a chance to be together and have a great time, and for me, it's an opportunity to contribute in my own way to their well-being."
The team from the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation will work with Jonathan and his girlfriend Marie-Laurence, and various charitable community organizations and hospitals to select kids who will benefit from the program. The suite also allows the Foundation to answer a few individual requests to realize the dreams of children living in very difficult situations. To make the evening even more memorable for his guests, Jonathan will also ensure that team mascot Youppi! will drop by the suite to meet with the kids each game.
Since its creation, the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation has benefited from the generosity of numerous players who, like Jonathan Drouin, have participated in various programs through their personal financial contributions, their efforts to raise funds, and their work as volunteers. Jo et ses champions has already welcomed young guests during all Canadiens preseason games, in addition to the 2017-18 regular season home opener.
About the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation
The Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation is determined to provide a better and healthier future for children in need. Since its inception in August 2000, the Foundation has invested over $27 million in the community by helping over 755 charitable endeavors working for the well-being of underprivileged children throughout the province of Quebec.
The Foundation fulfills its mandate in two ways: first, through a unique flagship project - the BLEU BLANC BOUGE program - which consists of building community refrigerated and multisport rinks; secondly by providing financial support to organizations whose projects and programs enable children to adopt healthy lifestyles by being more active.