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Oilers Foundation announces beneficiaries of the 2018 Iron & Frost Gala

Net proceeds will benefit the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society, Special Olympics Edmonton and Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is excited to announce their partnership with the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society (EDSS) and Special Olympics Edmonton (SOE) for the 2018 Iron & Frost Gala taking place on November 15.

In honour of Joey Moss' 55th birthday and 35 years with the Edmonton Oilers, the Oilers Foundation will celebrate Joey's dedication to the community alongside the entire roster of the 2018-19 Edmonton Oilers, management and Oilers Alumni for an unforgettable evening of glitz and glam, Vegas style, including an exciting casino where the players are the dealers! 

Proceeds from the event will be used to create the Special Olympics Edmonton Joey Moss Invitational Floor Hockey Tournament and the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society Joey Moss Literacy Centre for Excellence.

"What better way to celebrate Joey Moss's accomplishments and the impact that he has had in the local sport and charitable community than by partnering with two charities that are close to his heart," said EOCF Executive Director Natalie Minckler. "These two programs are the perfect complement to the EOCF's mandate to support health and wellness, education and minor hockey programming for youth in Northern Alberta."

Special Olympics Edmonton is committed to enriching the lives of Albertans with an intellectual disability through sport. Their vision is to ensure any individuals with an intellectual disability are given the opportunity to realize their full athletic potential. The Joey Moss Invitational Floor Hockey Tournament combines Joey's passion for hockey and the importance of recreation to develop life skills, a healthy body and self-esteem. The funds from the gala will help advance the quality of SOE's programs by improving facilities, generating more resources and providing additional coach development.

"We are excited and humbled to be one of the 2018 Iron & Frost Gala beneficiaries along with the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society," said SOE General Manager Celina Comeau. "Joey has been foundational in the inclusion revolution, showing not only Edmonton, but the world, that individuals with intellectual disabilities are important and cherished members of our society. It is our hope that by honouring Joey's legacy through our organization it will continue to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to achieve their goals and break barriers."

The Edmonton Down Syndrome Society is committed to supporting people with Down syndrome and their families through programming and services, providing information and resources, connecting members with one another and promoting inclusion through public awareness and advocacy in collaboration with community partners. The literacy centre will continue EDSS' speech and literacy programs for children with Down syndrome, helping to increase their speech, language and communication abilities, educational achievements and achieve greater independence.

"Literacy is an incredibly important skill for every stage in our member's lives," said EDSS Family Support Liaison Julie Boucher. "Both EDSS and the EOCF are committed to enriching lives and making literacy more accessible to many in our community. We look forward to empowering those communities within our region, all in the name of the EDSS Joey Moss Literacy Center for Excellence."

The night is sure to be one to remember. "Whether it's his singing, dancing or sense of humor, Joey has a special gift to naturally fill a room with positive energy," said Steve Moss. "I am so proud to be his younger brother and look forward to sharing a special night with him and his supporters at the Iron & Frost Gala."

To learn more about the Iron & Frost Gala, including sponsorship and table opportunities, please email oilersfoundation@edmontonoilers.com.

For more information about the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and its community initiatives, please visit OilersFoundation.ca.

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