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Flames continue to heat up donations for local charities

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames



CALGARY, AB -- As the Calgary Flames have moved into the second half of the regular season, player programs continue to build donations for their charitable causes. Alex Tanguay, the Flames Foundation for Life, and new partner KMPG have joined in fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society directing funds to stomach cancer research.

Tanguay directs $200.00, or a minimum of $10,000 for every assist in the regular season to the national cancer organization’s Alberta and NWT division. KPMG has come on-board to support the program by matching this donation of $10,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society, an initiative Tanguay and his family are grateful for. The Flames Foundation for Life also matches Tanguay’s donation.

“We are delighted to support Alex in his fundraising initiative for the Canadian Cancer Society. The Calgary Flames and KPMG have been long term partners in the Calgary community, and this is another great opportunity to lend our support. We understand that Alex and his wife Helene both volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society. We are proud to partner with such an elite athlete who understands the difference he and his family can make to our community” - Dan Adams, KPMG Enterprise Leader, Calgary.

Among this exciting new partnership, the Calgary Flames have been busy engaging in other partnerships off the ice. The following player programs continue to build strong lasting relationships throughout the community, enhancing lives of thousands of Albertans.

· Jay Bouwmeester has aligned with the H.E.R.O.S. (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) program for the second season. Bouwmeester donates tickets to program participants and will be making an appearance to a Hockey H.E.R.O.S. practice on February 2nd at the Ernie Starr Arena in the N.E.

· Mark Giordano is a spokesman for Habitat for Humanity and appears in many of the organizations communication materials. He and his wife Lauren are chairs of the Habitat for Humanity ‘5 for 5’ initiative which raises funds for the construction of five homes in five different countries. Giordano donated $25,000 to this initiative last year. Giordano is also one of the faces of the Flames and Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation’s Reading…Give it a Shot! program which launched on January 23rd at Mountain Park School.

· Cory Sarich is the Honourary Chair of the Country Hills Classic Presented by the Mavericks Chuckwagon Society which raises funds for the Flames Foundation for Life and Children’s Link Society.

· Mikael Backlund has partnered with both the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta and the Sunshine Foundation of Alberta. As part of this partnership Backlund donates $100.00 per goal during the regular season to the Sunshine Foundation of Canada and $100.00 per assist during the regular season to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. Backlund has also donated tickets to both organizations for program youth to attend a Flames game and meet him after. To date, Backlund has donated $400 to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation and $600 to the Sunshine Foundation of Canada.

· Jarome Iginla continues to support KidSport Calgary and Canada, donating $2,000 for every goal he scores during the regular season. The Flames captain has raised, to date, this season, $36,000 and over $550,000 for the organization.

· Olli Jokinen initiated a program named Olli’s All-Stars for grades 7 through 12 students which rewards positive behavior in a school setting. Students are requested to a send a letter to the Scotiabank Saddledome about an act of kindness or heroism at school. Jokinen reads letters and selects students to attend a Flames game and meet him. This program will run until March 2012.

· Tom Kostopoulos is a spokesman for the Calgary Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association. As part of this partnership Kostopoulos donates $100.00 per goal during the regular season as well as tickets to program youth. After these games he will meet with the ticket recipients in the locker room.

· Matt Stajan is a spokesperson for the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The Flames forward donated a set of season tickets to youth receiving care at the hospital and will be participating in the Hospital’s fundraising activities and events.

· Curtis Glencross continues his commitment to Special Olympics Calgary by making appearances at their athlete programs. Glencross has also partnered with the Gord Bamford Foundation which offers under privileged youth and single parent families in Canada an equal opportunity in life by providing monies to support education, health care and music.

· Lee Stempniak will be one of the faces of the Flames and Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation’s Reading…Give it a Shot! program. Stempniak will visit schools this season to reinforce the positive effects of literacy this season.

· David Moss will again donate $100.00 per goal to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Moss has also been a spokesman for the Flames and Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation’s Reading…Give it a Shot! program. This is his sixth season participating in the program where he reinforces the positive effects of literacy. Moss also acted as the Honourary Chair of the Calgary Education Partnership Foundation’s annual charity golf tournament last summer.

· Miikka Kiprusoff will donate $10.00 to the Children’s Cottage Society for every save he makes during the 2011-2012 regular season. The Flames goaltender has donated over $55,000 to the Rainbow Society of Alberta in the last three seasons. Already this season Kiprusoff has raised over $11,000 dollars.

The Flames Foundation for Life matches each player’s donations up to $25,000. Through various initiatives, the Calgary Flames Hockey Club and their charitable arm; the Flames Foundation for Life, continue to touch the lives of thousands of people through its commitment to education, medical research, health, amateur sports and recreation.

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