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CFKF grants over $2.6 million in its 30th year

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER, BC –The Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) is pleased to announce over $2.6 million was raised during the 2015.16 season, thanks to the support and donations from fans, partners and generous supporters.

“On behalf of the Canucks for Kids Fund board, it is very gratifying to be able to grant over $2.6 million to such worthy recipients,” said Paolo Aquilini, Alternate Governor, Canucks Sports & Entertainment and President of the Canucks for Kids Fund Board. “Through the generosity of our incredible fans, donors and partners, the Canucks for Kids Fund continues to help brighten the lives of children and families across B.C.”

This year’s core grant recipients include Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and BC Children’s Hospital. Additional grant recipients include the Canucks Centre for BC Hockey, Canucks Family Education Centre, Canucks Power Play Program, Fin’s Friends, Arts Umbrella, BC Women’s Hospital, Boys & Girls Club of South Coast BC, Boys Club Network, Britannia Hockey Academy, Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Kidsafe, PALS Autism School, ProActive, Rare Disease Foundation, Sarah McLachlan School of Music and YWCA Metro Vancouver.

Entering its 31st year of giving, the CFKF has granted more than $53 million to children’s charities across BC. The CFKF fundraises annually through several successful events including: CFKF Telethon, CFKF Dice & Ice, CFKF Super Skills, Sports Celebrities Festival, CFKF 50/50 and the CFKF Jake Milford Canucks Charity Invitational. Serving more than 121 different charitable organizations, the CFKF is dedicated to assisting charities that support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia.

2015.16 Highlights

$1 million commitment to build a Canucks-themed playroom at BC Children’s Hospital

March 9, 2016, CFKF committed $1 million to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation to support the creation of a Canucks-themed playroom in the new Teck Acute Care Centre (Teck ACC) opening in 2017.

The CFKF shares a longstanding partnership with BC Children’s Hospital. It has funded childhood diabetes research, urgently needed equipment, and various mental health initiatives. In addition, it has provided the hospital with substantial in-kind and promotional support. Players, coaches, and staff make regular visits to the hospital, bringing smiles to hundreds of patients and their families.

Canucks for Kids Fund Dice & Ice

For the first time in the event’s 16 year history, the CFKF’s annual Dice & Ice Benefit, presented by Scotiabank, was held at Rogers Arena.

All Canucks players, coaches, management and Canucks Alumni were joined by 750 guests, who combined to make this a memorable and successful event. The event raised over $351,000 in net proceeds through silent and live auctions featuring a number of unique items, including the opportunity to be a Canuck for a day, travel experiences, sports memorabilia and themed gift baskets created by players and their wives and significant others.

Canucks for Kids Fund 50/50

The Canucks for Kids Fund 50/50 supports and grants to charities serving children in British Columbia. With the generosity of our loyal fans and dedicated team of volunteers, the Canucks for Kids Fund 50/50 program has become one of the most successful in the NHL. This year the Canucks 50/50 program raised $1.5 million.

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