CALGARY, AB -- Calgary Flames forwards Lance Bouma and Sean Monahan have partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities - Southern Alberta this season, becoming official ambassadors of the house.
“Families who are staying at the house are most often going through the most challenging days of their lives. I am looking forward to hopefully brightening some families’ days there and doing what I can to support an amazing charity here in Calgary,” said Sean Monahan.
As ambassadors, Bouma and Monahan will donate tickets and make regular visits to the house. Along with the tickets, the selected child and their family will have the opportunity to meet both players following the game. Bouma and Monahan will also commit to attending various events held at the house including Halloween pumpkin carving, games and cooking nights.
“I have been to Calgary’s Ronald McDonald House a few occasions in my time with the Flames and each time, I have been touched by what the house does for kids and families,” said Lance Bouma. “I am really excited to do more with the families staying there this year.”
The Calgary Flames Foundation has donated over $500,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities® Southern Alberta including contributions to the Rotary Flames Park at the Ronald McDonald House which is a quiet sanctuary and a place to play for families when they need it most. More than 17,000 families have made the Ronald McDonald house their home away from home while their child is receiving treatment at a Calgary hospital. These children and their families can now play in the two-acre private park surrounding the house. The park, a joint initiative between the Rotary Clubs of Calgary and the Flames Foundation, has bike paths, playgrounds and quiet gardens and allows the House to run outdoor programs.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® Southern Alberta:
Ronald McDonald House Charities® Southern Alberta provides a home away from home for families who must travel to Calgary to receive medical treatment for their child. We believe children heal faster when their families are with them and 90% of hospital leaders believe that Ronald McDonald Houses play a significant and important role in family-centered care. Since opening in 1985, more than 20,000 families have called us home during one of the most stressful times in their lives. Although the House has grown and changed over the past 30 years, our purpose remains the same, helping give sick children what they need most… their families.
Many Calgary Flames players align with numerous charities and organizations in various ways. The Calgary Flames Foundation supports player matching programs for up to $25,000 per season for each player.