|One of many Oilers-donated silent auction items - a team-autographed jersey. (photo: Andy Devlin / EOHC)
Edmonton, AB – Over 650 people gathered at the Shaw Conference Centre on Friday, December 11, 2009 to participate in the Edmonton Oilers Copper Jackets Luncheon in support of the Christmas Bureau. Surpassing all previous years’ totals, this year’s Copper Jackets luncheon raised $175,000.
“This event was a huge success; hats off to the Copper Jackets and the Oilers employees who make this one of the most important events of the holiday season. The $175,000 raised makes a significant dent in the Christmas Bureau’s $1.5 million fundraising goal,” said Kevin Lowe, Oilers President of Hockey Operations. “It was just wonderful to participate in this event that has grown so significantly since it began nine years ago.”
$100,000 of the event’s funds raised came from the silent and live auctions which successfully drew in $36,200 and $63,800 respectively. The most sought after items in the live auction were a trip the 2010 Masters in Augustana which was donated by local developer Greg Christianson and a VIP golf trip with the Oilers to Palm Springs.
The Oilers family and the Christmas Bureau have a longstanding tradition of joining forces in December. This year, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is running the Ornaments of Hope program with the proceeds being donated to the Christmas Bureau. Fans can get involved by purchasing an Oilers signed ornament in-game on December 19 or by bidding in the Ornaments of Hope online auction at edmontonoilers.com.
“There is an expectation in the community to support the Christmas Bureau and the Oilers family is thrilled to once again help bring Edmonton’s less fortunate festive meals over the holidays,” said Natalie Minckler, EOCF’s Executive Director. “We are heavily involved with Christmas Bureau and have been since 1979 when the Oilers joined the NHL.”
Founded in 1940, the Christmas Bureau is one of Edmonton's longest serving non-profit organizations.
Through individual and corporate donations, they are able to provide for more than 65,000 Edmontonians in need. The Christmas Bureau’s work ignites Edmonton’s spirit of compassion and generosity to make the holiday season brighter.
For more information on the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and the Copper Jackets, visit edmontonoilers.com.Edmonton Oilers hockey is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial, TELUS, Cenovus Energy and Ford.