(Edmonton, AB) – The Edmonton Oilers are honoured to welcome over 300 members of the Canadian Armed Forces to tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators. The Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night in partnership with Cenovus is a celebration of the special place the Canadian Armed Forces hold in Oil Country, and an opportunity to support and honour the brave members of the military, many of whom were the first to deploy and last to return from Afghanistan.
Also in attendance will be General Tom Lawson, Canadian Armed Forces’ Chief of the Defence Staff. General Lawson holds the position of head of the Canadian Armed Forces and is appointed by the Governor-in-Council, on the advice of the Prime Minister. A distinguished Air Force Officer and avid sports fans, General Lawson will participate in formal and informal activities on behalf of all men and women in the Canadian Forces.
“The Oilers and our good friends at Cenovus are extremely proud of the men and women who have valiantly served our country, and we wanted to show our gratitude for all they have done and continue to do,” said Patrick LaForge, Oilers President & Chief Operating Officer. “Along with members of our coaching and management staff, we are humbled to serve our guests lunch before they enjoy a very special evening at Rexall Place.”
"I am delighted to join our members tonight at the Edmonton Oilers Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night," said General Lawson. "The support that the Oilers and the good people from Edmonton continue to show for our military members is simply outstanding."
Through their partnership with the Oilers, Cenovus has committed to help benefit the Valour Place Family Fund this season, a military family support house in Edmonton. For every goal the Oilers score, Cenovus is donating $400 through the Goals for Heroes program, which helps reduce financial barriers for individuals and families who stay at Valour Place. The program has raised $60,800 to date.
“We believe it’s important to give back to those who serve our country by supporting programs that contribute to the well-being of members of the military and their families,” said Brian Ferguson, Cenovus President & Chief Executive Officer. “For decades now, Cenovus has shared a strong working relationship with the military through our operations at two Canadian Forces bases in Alberta. We look forward to continuing that relationship as well as our funding of programs that provide support for veterans and currently-serving military personnel.”
Located in Edmonton’s Kingsway district, Valour Place offers safe and comforting accommodations to both armed forces members and their families in need of a place to stay during medical treatments and rehabilitation. Opening its doors in October 2012, the new and spacious facility includes accessible rooms, a communal kitchen and large recreation room in the basement. During the warmer months, guests can also take advantage of the outdoor patio and community garden.
In addition to the Goals for Heroes program and a donation of $150,000 at the beginning of the 2013-14 season to the Valour Place Family Fund, Cenovus has partnered with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation to make a further donation of $8,000 during tonight’s game.
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