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Popular lottery on track to make a difference

by Jen Sharpe / Edmonton Oilers
Ethan Moreau speaks at the press conference. 

Photo by Andy Devlin/EOHC

Northern Albertans are excited about the prospect of winning a 5,693-square-foot estate home or $2.5 million in cash, and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) – along with Oilers Captain Ethan Moreau – is excited about what that means for young inner city residents.

Thursday afternoon, Moreau and representatives from the hockey club and the EOCF gathered at Inner City High School to announce that the EOCF’s Winner’s Choice Lottery is over 50% sold. Tickets for the lottery have been on sale for only three weeks.

“Lottery proceeds are going to help us continue our good work in the community,” EOCF Executive Directory Natalie Minckler said. “This includes our legacy project – the redevelopment of Inner City High School and Residence.”

According to Doug Goss, Chair of the EOCF Board of Directors, the project is a source of pride for the Foundation and the entire Oilers organization.

“The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation raises money and supports a number of charities throughout Edmonton and Northern Alberta – anywhere there’s youth issues, education issues, health and wellness issues, you’ll find our Foundation busy at work,” he explained.

“Inner City High I think exemplifies and encompasses all those areas of youth, health, wellness, and education in one nice little microcosm. When we first visited down here, we knew very quickly that Joe [Cloutier, Director of the Inner City Youth Development Association] and his team and the students here were folks that we really wanted to get in with and help as best we could . . .  And that’s where the Winner’s Choice Lottery came from.”

“I can tell you that we’re extremely excited about how the community has embraced this lottery, and everyone – not only in the community but in the whole Oilers organizers – is incredibly enthusiastic about the work we plan to do,” Goss continued. “The whole Oilers team is fully behind this.”

Moreau confirmed Goss’ sentiments.

“I’ve had the pleasure to be here [at Inner City High] a few times, and if anybody has the chance to come down and check things out, there’s a lot of great people here, great students, great kids, great young adults and it’s a very worthwhile cause,” the Oilers Captain said. “I heard the lottery is going well, so we’re very excited about that. It’s something that the Oilers Community Foundation and the players really feel strongly about. It’s a great way to show you care about the community.”

The next phase of Inner City High’s development is construction of a student residence, and the EOCF is hoping to see groundbreaking in early 2010. Funds raised through the Winner Choice Lottery will support this worthy project and many others in the community.

 “We’re delighted that we’re right on track with the lottery,” Goss said, “and that’s good news for Edmonton and certainly good news for Inner City High School.”

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