The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation was delighted to donate approximately $100,000 of food to Edmonton's Food Bank in October 2020. In addition, when the Food Bank was facing a critical gap in donations last season, the EOCF hosted a food drive during four Oilers home games and the annual Skills Competition. Fans did not disappoint, and generously donated more than $10,000 and more than 21,000 lbs of food for Edmonton's Food Bank. To kick off the effort and build momentum, Safeway proudly donated $10,000 in food aid and the EOCF matched the donation, for a total of $20,000 in food support. This was the second largest food drive for Edmonton's Food Bank, second only to the Heritage Festival.
In October 2014, the stars aligned to reunite the entire roster of the 1984 Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers. To honour the team and in partnership with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, net proceeds from the event were directed to the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation for the creation of the Edmonton Oilers Pediatric Ambulatory Clinic. This legacy project will strengthen pediatric ambulatory care's 120,000 visits annually where children see pediatric specialists on an outpatient basis.
On July 1, 2020, the EOCF announced a gift of more than $5 million to the Inner City Youth Development Association (ICYDA), which includes the Inner City High School building and land it resides on. The donation from the EOCF allows Inner City High School to become financially self-sufficient and sets up the Inner City Youth Development Association for long-term sustainability. In addition to the gift of the land and building, the EOCF will continue to support ICYDA for an additional two years.
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation invested $325,000 to Sport Central in support of the Dave Semenko Legacy Project with financial support from the National Hockey League Players' Association Goals & Dreams Fund. The EOCF has committed to fund two Sport Central initiatives, "Dave's Drive" and "Put a Lid on a Kid", over the next 10 years.
In partnership with the EOCF and Oilers Entertainment Group, Sport Central will facilitate Dave's Drive, an annual equipment drive helping raise awareness, funds and donations for the charitable organization. In addition, the Dave Semenko Put a Lid on a Kid program will be aimed at increasing head safety and concussion prevention for kids in sport by providing new, certified helmets for registered minor hockey players and new bicycle recipients. Every helmet will have a #27 decal applied to it in honour of Semenko.
The Cave Family and the Edmonton Oilers have created the Colby Cave Memorial Fund to carry on the memory and legacy of Oilers forward Colby Cave who passed away suddenly and tragically on April 11, 2020. Proceeds from the fund will go toward community programs with an emphasis on mental health initiatives and providing access to sports for underprivileged children.
The EOCF announced a $1 million donation to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation for the purchase of a Positron Emission Tomography and Computer Tomography (PET/CT) Scanner. This specialty scanner allows physicians and care teams to detect, diagnose, stage and treat diverse forms of cancer and a wide range of diseases that affect people of all ages and backgrounds. It is Canada's highest resolution digital PET/CT system, and will ensure patients across Oil Country receive the best possible care in order to recover and thrive.