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Flames in the community this season

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames are committed both on and off the ice. Through the following programs and events, Flames players give back in support of the community this season.

- Jay Bouwmeester has aligned with the H.E.R.O.S. (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) program for the third season. Bouwmeester donates tickets to program participants and visits events with program youth.

- 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 for the past three seasons.

- 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. This year’s event in June raised over $200,000 for Children’s Charities.

- Mikael Backlund has partnered with both the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. As part of this partnership Backlund will donate $150.00 per point during the regular season to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. Backlund has also donated tickets t for program youth to attend a Flames game and meet him after.

- 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 $550,000 for the organization.

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 will host his second annual Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event on August 22nd and 23rd in the Red Deer area. Last year’s event which Glencross spearheaded raised $200,000 in benefit of the Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer and the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community.

- Derek Smith has made a commitment to the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary this season. He will donate a group of tickets to a Flames game with a meet and greet and will visit clubs in the city where he will play floor hockey with the kids.

- Miikka Kiprusoff will donate $10.00 to the Children’s Cottage Society for every save he makes during the 2012-2013 regular season. He has donated over $40,000 to the organization. The Flames goaltender has also donated over $55,000 to the Rainbow Society of Alberta.

- Alex Tanguay has partnered for the third season with the Canadian Cancer Society directed to stomach cancer research. Tanguay donates $200.00 per assist during the regular season, or a minimum donation of $10,000, to the national cancer organization’s Alberta/NWT division. KPMG will match the donation once again this year as the official sponsor of the program.

- Chris Butler has aligned himself with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) for the Butler’s Big Deals program. Butler will donate two tickets every two weeks as well as make regular appearances at BBBS events. He will also act as a spokesperson for the organization.

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.

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, Reading…Give it a Shot literacy program, and community appearances through the Flames Foundation for Life and Community Relations programming.

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