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Flames Foundation and players donate over $370,000 to local charities

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB – The Flames Foundation for Life and the Calgary Flames conclude the 2011-2012 season with over $370,000 in donations to local charities through the Flames Foundation for Life player matching program and milestone donations during the regular season. Flames players donations are matched by the Flames Foundation for Life up to $25,000. The Flames Foundation for Life player matching program is one of many fundraising commitments the team’s charitable arm has made this season.

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 over $600,000 for the organization. This season with 32 goals Iginla donated $64,000 with the Flames Foundation for Life donation, the total was $89,000.

Mark Giordano 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 for the second season to this initiative. This was matched by the Flames Foundation for Life for a total of $50,000

Alex Tanguay is a supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society with donations directed to stomach cancer research. Tanguay donated $10,000 for the second year, matched by the Flames Foundation for Life’s $10,000 the donation was $20,000. The $10,000 donation is also matched by KPMG.

Miikka Kiprusoff donates $20 per save to the Children’s Cottage Society. With 1,846 saves the total donation is $36,920.

Program ambassadors Mikael Backlund, Tom Kostopoulos and David Moss also raised $3,500 for their charities; Sunshine Foundation of Canada, Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta Canadian Celiac Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Matched by the Flames Foundation for Life the total was $7,000

Many Flames players also had milestone years. Players were gifted for their significant accomplishments with donations from the Flames Foundation for Life to the charity of their choice. Olli Jokinen’s $25,000 for his 1,000th NHL game was directed to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation and Rainbow Society of Alberta. Miikka Kiprusoff’s $50,000 donation for his 300th win was in benefit of KidSport Calgary and Brown Bagging it for Calgary’s Kids. As well, Jarome Iginla’s $50,000 donation to the Calgary Educational School Board on behalf of his 500th goal. Further to this, on behalf of Peter Maher’s 3000th broadcast game, the Flames Foundation for Life donated $20,000 to the Alzheimer Society as well as $25,000 to the Missing Children Society of Canada on behalf of Craig Conroy’s charitable program; a milestone total of $170,000 donated.

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.

Further the above personal commitments all Flames players continue to be actively involved in team fundraisers and community programs such as Pond Hockey by Enmax Energy, Flames Ambassador Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament, Danone SuperSkills, Alberta Children Hospital wheelchair hockey and Christmas visits and various charitable and community appearances through the Flames Foundation for Life and Community Relations programming.

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