RED DEER, AB -- Today, Curtis Glencross and representatives from the Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event presented by the Calgary Flames and PennWest formally announced the final total of funds generated this past August while presenting cheques to the two beneficiaries of the event.
The charity rodeo took place on August 22 at the Daines Ranch near Innisfail, Alberta with all proceeds directed to Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program. A total of $300,000 was raised; $120,000 of the proceeds directed to the Hockey Alberta Foundation and $180,000 to Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta.
“It is incredible to see what this hard work has gone towards. These are two amazing charities that I have been privileged to work with,” said Curtis Glencross. “I truly look forward to growing this event for years to come and am proud of the direction it is heading.”
The main event, a roughstock rodeo, featured bull, bronc and bareback riding with some of North America’s most accomplished riders, including past Canadian Finals Rodeo champions. The evening prior to the rodeo, a poker tournament was held in Red Deer for event sponsors at The Holiday Inn located in gasoline alley.
Youth hockey support will be directed through The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program and the Glencross Legacy Fund. The Every Kid Every Community program directs grants and resources to Alberta communities to utilize in the creation and support of programming in order to make the game more accessible for kids to play hockey.
The Glencross Legacy Fund will allow Minor Hockey Associations access to funding to cover registration fees and associated costs for children with financial hardships who may otherwise not have the opportunity to play hockey.
“When we started thinking about planning a charity rodeo, giving kids a chance to play hockey who may not have the opportunity to was one of our first priorities along with supporting the Ronald McDonald House,” said Glencross. “Having the Curtis Glencross Legacy Fund available for kids in Alberta was a huge goal of ours and one that we are thrilled to provide in partnership with the Hockey Alberta Foundation.”
“We are very pleased to be associated with the Curtis Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock event and Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta. To date these funds have had a meaningful impact on 10 Alberta communities and over 750 kids by ensuring they have access to grassroots hockey programs. Most of the programs created are now sustainable and continue to grow and run on their own,” said Scott Robinson, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. “Curtis and his family and his fantastic group of volunteers have demonstrated great leadership and commitment to his Alberta roots with this event. We’re proud to be connected with this great team that Curtis has assembled, and look forward to building on the great success in the future.”
Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta offers a home-like atmosphere for out-of-town families with children receiving medical attention in Red Deer. Families must live out of the Red Deer city limits in order to stay at the House. However, the House also offers a day use program for Red Deer families with children receiving treatment at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.
“We are very grateful to Curtis Glencross and the organizing committee for putting together such a world class event,” said Larry Mathieson, Chief Executive Officer, Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta. “It takes $1.2 million to operate Ronald McDonald House each year and the funds raised through the Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock help us to continue our mission of supporting sick children and their families.”
To date the Glencross Invitational Roughstock Event has raised more than $777,000 for Central Alberta charities.