CALGARY, AB -- Rain can’t rain on Curtis Glencross’ parade.
Or rodeo, for that matter.
Because the fifth annual Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event has moved indoors to the friendly confines of the Westerner Park in Red Deer.
“We’re definitely looking good for it,” said the Calgary Flames alumnus, who is also preparing for the event’s Sponsor-Only Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament on Thursday before the main attraction gets underway Friday night.
“The good thing about it … the weather has been so inconsistent. We’re indoors this year. It’s nice we don’t have to worry about the weather situation. Innisfail had two inches of rain yesterday. It would’ve been tough being out there trying to hang banners and get the event yesterday.
“What a treat that would’ve been, I would imagine.”
Instead, the treats are now reserved for the charities beneficiaries, the Central Alberta Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer, and Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Program dedicated to growing the game of hockey in Alberta.
“It’s about giving back to families that are at the house, that need a place to stay when they are with sick ones, and with Hockey Alberta, it’s a grant application for kids all across the province,” said Glencross, who spent parts of seven seasons with the Calgary Flames, and amassed 134 goals and 275 points over 507 career NHL games before retiring last season.
“If they feel that there’s families that need some assistance paying hockey dues or even little things like travel or equipment, it’s stuff we can help out with.”
The charity rodeo is co-title sponsored by the Calgary Flames and ATB Financial.
Both are integral to the event, which has raised more than $1 million to date.
“Without your title sponsors you don’t have an event,” Glencross said.
“The Calgary Flames Foundation … with the group there … they’ve been there since Day 1. They’ve been title sponsors for the last five years. I can’t appreciate them enough. They do so much community work and that kind of stuff. It’s all about giving back to the community and the Flames Foundation is a prime example of that.
“ATB and Terry Andryo and John Windwick have been awesome to deal with. They’ve been on board with the charity for the last two or three years and have signed on for another three years. We’re excited to have ATB. They’re such a good grassroots company. They love supporting local charities. It’s not only the financial part, it’s the Western lifestyle they enjoy, too.”
Tickets for the Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event are available throughout all Central Alberta ATB locations.