CALGARY, AB -- The inaugural Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event Presented by the Calgary Flames and PennWest Exploration is deemed a huge success. The poker tournament and rodeo raised over $180,000 with all proceeds being directed to the Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta and grassroots hockey programs through the Hockey Alberta Foundation.
The event kicked-off on Thursday, August 23rd where over 200 sponsors attended a charity poker tournament at the Jackpot Casino in Red Deer. The next day over 1,500 people filled the Daines Rodeo Grounds in Innisfail to witness some of North America’s most accomplished riders in bull, bronc and bareback riding. Following the rodeo Gord Bamford took to the stage to cap off the two day fundraiser as a thank you to attendees.
"I cannot thank our supporters of the first year event enough," said Glencross following the event on Friday. "The event and the amount raised exceeded my expectations. I cannot wait for next year's.”
Glencross spearheaded the idea for the event and lead a planning committee consisting of many of the riders, his family and friends from surrounding areas. The event was 100 per cent volunteer-driven and saw donations spanning from livestock to the venue, and even saw riders donating their winnings back to the benefitting charities.
“We are extremely grateful to Curtis Glencross, the event committee, volunteers, sponsors and the Central Alberta community," said Larry Mathieson, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta. “The funds raised will greatly support our annual operating costs and help provide much-needed programs and support for families with sick children.”
Minor hockey support will be directed through the Every Kid Every Community program through the Hockey Alberta Foundation. The program fulfils grants for first time players to get active in hockey all around Alberta.
Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta is prominently located facing the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and backing on to Gaetz Avenue. A feasibility study was conducted to evaluate the need for Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer. The study revealed that there are 33,000 pediatric stays at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre per year. One third or 11,000 of those children are from out-of-town. That’s an average of 30 out-of-town children per day. Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta supports sick children and their families from rural communities surrounding Red Deer.