(Edmonton, AB) – The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is proud to announce an amazing year of activity, culminating in a total donation amount of over $3.1 million to charities in Oil Country for 2014-15. Thanks to the support and generosity from Oilers hockey fans, partners, players and staff, the EOCF has been able to invest this funding into 163 charitable groups and 15 minor hockey and ringette programs to help better the lives of those in Oil Country.
With a focus on programs supporting education and health and wellness for youth, the Oilers Foundation upholds the goal of helping eradicate social issues while finding long-term solutions to improve the community where we live, work and play.
“Building strong and safe communities with a focus on education and health and wellness, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation continues to motivate and inspire and make a significant difference for people and groups in Northern Alberta,” said Richard Wong, EOCF Board Chair. “We’re thrilled to announce another strong year of funding that will help make our community a better place for everyone in Oil Country. The generosity and community-mindedness of Oilers fans never ceases to amaze all of us involved in the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. We offer our humble and sincere thanks to our amazing fans."
The Foundation was fortunate to celebrate many successful programs this year, and highlighting the 2014-15 contributions were a number of key initiatives, starting with the 1984 Stanley Cup Reunion. Back in October 2014, the stars aligned to reunite the entire roster of the 1984 Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers. To honour the people’s team and in partnership with the EOCF, net proceeds from the event were directed to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation for the creation of the Edmonton Oilers Ambulatory Clinic. This legacy project will strengthen pediatric ambulatory care’s 170,000 visits annually where children see pediatric specialists on an outpatient basis.
“The Stollery is committed to ensuring every child, no matter the distance or the circumstance, receives the best possible care,” said Mike House, President and CEO, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We are very proud and fortunate to partner with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation to create a modern, state-of-the-art pediatric ambulatory clinic space at the Stollery.”
The EOCF also celebrated the Grand Opening of the newly redeveloped Abbottsfield Recreation Centre in Fall 2014. This legacy project was a perfect pairing with the Foundation’s mandate to focus on youth education and health and wellness. Over the course of four years, the Foundation will provide $1.5 million to support programs, operations and purchase furniture, fixtures and equipment for the Abbottsfield Recreation Centre Society to help create a safe, fun and vibrant location in the community for one of the highest needs neighbourhoods in Edmonton.
The Foundation remains committed to supporting higher education in Oil Country. In addition to providing $45,000 worth of post-secondary scholarships to recipients in Northern Alberta, the EOCF sparked an innovative partnership with NorQuest College creating the new Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute. As part of the Foundation’s $1.5 million investment, 100 EOCF Hospitality Institute bursaries, valued up to $1,000 each, will be available annually for those who require financial support.
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute will be a hands-on training centre where students and current employees can develop leading-edge skills in a broad range of disciplines including guest services, safety, supervision, service industry operations and event delivery. With Rogers Place set to open its doors in Fall 2016, there will be many opportunities for graduates of the institute. The funding will also support a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen in NorQuest’s new building.
The Oilers Foundation is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and safe communities by demonstrating philanthropic leadership. Since 2001, the Foundation has contributed over $28 million to more than 2,800 charities, community groups and minor hockey programs across Oil Country. For more information, visit OilersFoundation.ca.