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Theodore renews commitment to kids in need

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Habs netminder will host children in his suite over the next three seasons

Joined by girlfriend Stephanie Cloutier and Youppi, Jose Theodore announced the renewal of his loge for another three years, Friday at the Bell Centre.


MONTREAL - As he did for the past two seasons, Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore has made a commitment to the Montreal community and the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation by offering a suite to underprivileged and sick children.

Through this initiative, Jose will give children the opportunity to attend Canadiens games at the Bell Centre over the next three seasons. "My belief is that the suite is a step towards making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children. This a place where they can get together, have fun, laugh and, I hope, experience an unforgettable evening."

Jose and girlfriend Stephanie Cloutier will have the opportunity to meet the children on occasional game nights. "Our mascot Youppi! also promised me he will drop by the suite every game", said the goaltender.

Since its inauguration in the fall of 2002, nearly 500 children have benefited from Jose's generosity, including young patients from Sainte-Justine Hospital as well as the Montreal Children's Hospital. Moreover, many organizations working with sick and underprivileged children from all areas of the province of Quebec were able to, and will continue to have access to the suite.

Jose Theodore's suite greeted its first guests of the 2005-06 season at the Canadiens home opener against the Ottawa Senators, on Tuesday, Oct. 11. This Saturday (Oct. 22), the suite will welcome Jérémy Gabriel and his friends from « l'cole oraliste » in Quebec City. This gifted hearing impaired  eight-year-old will fulfill his greatest dream: to sing the national anthem before the game at the Bell Centre.

The Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation helps underprivileged, sick and special needs children by contributing financial resources in the fields of poverty, health, well-being and amateur sport. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has donated over $2.8 million to charitable endeavors therefore financially supporting hundreds of non-profit organizations from all across the province of Quebec.

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