Vancouver, BC - Canucks for Kids Fund President Paolo Aquilini is pleased to announce that $3.3 million has been raised and granted to children and families in BC thanks largely to the generous support of Canucks fans across the province throughout the 2017.18 season.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our fans, partners, players and their families as well as the staff at Canucks Sports & Entertainment for their support," said Canucks for Kids Fund President Paolo Aquilini. "The dedication and effort that goes into raising these dollars for the Canucks for Kids Fund is incredible and positively impacts thousands of children and families across BC. Thank you to everyone who gives us this opportunity to help others."
This year more than a dozen BC children's charities received Canucks for Kids Fund grants, and most significantly the three core beneficiaries. Now in its 10th year, the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) received $850,000 to support more than 4,000 BC families living with autism. Canuck Place Children's Hospice annually services over 700 children in pediatric palliative care and their families and received $550,000. Finally, BC Children's Hospital received $600,000 to support the on-going capital campaign as well as important mental health programs & initiatives.
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Additional grant recipients include the Canucks Family Education Centre (CFEC), Fin's Friends Character Education Program, Canucks Centre for BC Hockey, Canucks Power Play classroom program, Boys & Girls Club of South Coast BC, Britannia Hockey Academy, East End Boys Club, Family Services of Greater Vancouver, KidSafe Project, PALS Autism Society, and Sarah McLachlan School of Music.
Now in its 33rd year of giving, the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) has granted more than $59 million to children's charities across BC. The CFKF fundraises annually through several successful events including the CFKF Telethon, CFKF Dice & Ice gala, CFKF SuperSkills, Sports Celebrities Festival, CFKF 50/50 and the CFKF Jake Milford Canucks Charity Invitational.
One of the fundraising highlights of the 2017.18 season was the record-breaking in-arena 50/50 total jackpot of $1,014,555 on April 5 - the biggest in Canadian sports history. A Local realtor and two friends took home the $507,278 winnings. This jackpot capped off an incredible season for the 50/50 program which raised a total of $1.7 million for the Fund and another $1.7 million went home with winners. This is all possible thanks to the team of dedicated 50/50 volunteers who amassed nearly 8,000 volunteer hours last season.