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Canucks for Kids Fund welcomes Best Buy volunteers

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver, BC - The Vancouver Canucks and Best Buy today announced that the Canucks for Kids Fund 50/50 draw on January 9, 2009 will feature volunteer employees wearing “Blue Shirts” from Best Buy offering their time to sell tickets to Canucks fans.

“Best Buy is a key corporate partner of Canucks Sports & Entertainment,” said President and CEO, Canucks Sports & Entertainment Chris Zimmerman. “We continually seek avenues to support the needs of our key partners. The Canucks for Kids Fund 50/50 charitable initiative fosters employee engagement and a shared responsibility to give back to the community.”

Last season, an average of $24,594 was given to 50/50 draw winners at each Vancouver Canucks home game.

“Best Buy and our employees are very excited about the opportunity to give back to the local community in partnership with the Canucks for Kids Fund,” said Charles Tobin, Senior Vice President, Best Buy Canada. “This initiative supports our organization’s goals as we strive to make a difference in the lives of youth where we live, work and play.”

Best Buy will make a further donation of $5000.00 from its Best Buy for Kids giving program. The cheque will be presented to the Canucks for Kids Fund during the first period intermission at Friday’s game.

Vancouver Canucks 50/50 draw sees half of the draw’s total earnings given to one lucky fan with the winning 50/50 ticket. The other fifty per cent of the proceeds are donated to the Canucks for Kids Fund in support of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and a portion to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Last season, $734,900 was raised by the Canucks for Kids Fund 50/50 draw and granted to children’s charities.

In addition to operating key programs serving the needs of the community, over the last two decades the CFKF has raised and distributed over $25 million to charities which support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey, and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia. Last season, the Canucks for Kids Fund supported Canuck Place with over $1.7 million through events and programs and the generous support of Canucks fans.

The CFKF proudly supplied grants in 2007/08 to the following recipients: C.H.I.L.D. Foundation, Phoenix Academy of Learning Society in support of children with Autism, Hockey Canada for minor hockey skills development in BC, Britannia Hockey Academy, BC Lions Easter Seals Camps, Arts Umbrella, Ronald McDonald House of BC, NHLPA Goals & Dreams for KidSport BC, YWCA Teen Mother’s Parenting Program, Dream Big Productions at Templeton Secondary School, Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtimes, BC Epilepsy Society, Canucks Autism Network, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Zajac Foundation.
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