CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today a charitable program initiated by goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. Through the Flames Foundation for Life, Kiprusoff has made a financial commitment to the Children’s Cottage Society donating $10.00 for every save he makes during the 2011-2012 regular season.
“I am looking forward to being involved in a new initiative with youth and families who need a lift up at a tough time,” says Kiprusoff.
“The organization is honoured and thrilled to have been selected to receive the support from Miikka,” says Patty Kilgallon, Executive Director of the Children’s Cottage. “When such an accomplished athlete reaches out to help our city’s little ones, you truly feel blessed. We look forward to cheering Miikka on with each Flames game as he saves goals while making a difference to Calgary’s vulnerable infants and children in mind.”
The Children’s Cottage Society opened its doors in 1986 to serve more than 56,000 infants and children. They have grown to serve the community with four unique programs which includes a Crisis Nursery, a 365 day per year emergency care shelter for children under age eight who receive short term care during a family emergency. A Community Respite Program which has a range of respite and crisis child care options for isolated families. The Healthy Families program which offers parents of newborns who are experiencing complex issues the ability to build on their strengths through a home visiting program. And lastly Brenda's House which is a safe place for 14 homeless families to receive emergency shelter and rapid re-housing support.
For the last three seasons the Flames 2004 Vezina Trophy winner has donated over $55,000 to the Rainbow Society of Alberta – fundraising to help grant wishes of terminally or chronically ill youth.
The Flames charitable arm, the Flames Foundation for Life, matches each player’s financial donations up to $25,000. Last season the Flames Foundation distributed over $70,000 through player programs.