When Chloe and Harrison Katz set out to explore opportunities to make a difference in the community, they decided that there were two things they wanted to focus on: hockey and kids. With that, the foundation of "Hockey Helps Kids" was born - an exciting new way to raise awareness and funds for a variety of local charities and strengthen the relationship between the Oilers and the community. Not only do kids from around the city get the opportunity to learn the value of social responsibility and community outreach, they get to do so as part of the Oilers team.
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation 50/50 program gives fans the chance to win BIG while raising important funds for the EOCF to reinvest in the community. With the shift to online sales and the tremendous support and passion shown by fans in Oil Country and all of Alberta, last season, the EOCF set a record amount of $13 million donated to charitable organizations throughout Oil Country.
At every Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oil Kings home game, be sure to check out the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Game Day Auctions! The silent auctions offer fans the exciting opportunity to bid on exclusive memorabilia and collectibles to take home. Autographed jerseys are featured, along with limited edition autographed prints and a variety of other must-have items for fans, collectors and sports enthusiasts. Fans can view items and place their bids until halfway through the second intermission at one of the many locations throughout Rogers Place.
In conjunction with the fundraising events the EOCF holds each year, there are online auctions throughout the season of Oilers memorabilia.
ICE School (In Class Education) or as many students have affectionately dubbed it: Incredibly Cool Education, has been an Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) initiative since the 2002-03 school year. ICE School is one of Edmonton's Inquiring Minds sites allowing teachers to follow curriculum outcomes taught in the classroom and turn those concepts into real world understanding for their students. Students are given the opportunity to move their classroom for an entire week into the world of Rogers Place and Edmonton's Ice District. The classroom is located on the southwest corner of Rogers Place.
Through the generosity of individuals and businesses across Oil Country, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's Seats For Kids program provides unused game tickets to registered charities that provide child and family services in the Edmonton area. These tickets allow many children to experience hockey at Rogers Place and, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Each season the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation supports registered charitable organizations in Northern and Central Alberta, whose programs support those most vulnerable in our community, especially in Edmonton's downtown, and youth hockey programming, through financial grants and donations.
In partnership with the Province of Alberta, Edmonton Oilers specialty license plates are available for Albertans. License plates are available at any Alberta registry office for a one-time fee, in support of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.