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RELEASE: EOCF donates $5 million to Inner City Youth Development

Foundation contribution includes Inner City High School building and land, sets up Inner City Youth Development Association for long-term sustainability

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is proud to announce a donation of more than $5 million to the Inner City Youth Development Association (ICYDA), which includes the Inner City High School building and land it resides on.

The donation from the EOCF allows Inner City High School (ICH) to become financially self-sufficient and sets up the Inner City Youth Development Association for long-term sustainability.  

The partnership began in 2008, when the EOCF was looking to identify a project that would leave a lasting legacy for the City of Edmonton. This project - the redevelopment of Inner City High School - perfectly met the goals of the EOCF and played a vital role in helping the City of Edmonton realize its vision of offering educational opportunities and support for marginalized youth.

Video: COMMUNITY | Inner City Luncheon 02.17.20

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RELEASE: EOCF donates to Edmonton's Food Bank

Donation is the first investment from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's record-setting RE/MAX online 50/50 program

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is delighted to announce a donation of approximately $100,000 of food, which adds up to more than 7,500 pounds, to Edmonton's Food Bank.

The donation is the first investment from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's successful RE/MAX online 50/50 program launched for Edmonton Oilers 2020 playoff games and continued for the Stanley Cup Final which has helped create a legacy from Edmonton's Hub City hosting of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Through the generous support of hockey fans across Alberta, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's RE/MAX online 50/50 set records for total dollars raised which are now being invested back into the community, focusing on those that need help the most. Each pound of food donated serves as one meal for the community's most vulnerable during these uncertain times.

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RELEASE: Online 50/50 to return for Stanley Cup Final

Record-setting Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation raffle will give hockey fans across Alberta another chance to win

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) online 50/50 raffle, presented by RE/MAX, is set to return to Alberta for each game of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final.

The record-setting online 50/50 raffle will give fans another chance to win a big 50/50 jackpot while also raising important funds for the EOCF to reinvest in the community during these challenging times.

Oilers fans showed generosity and passion for the EOCF online 50/50 raffle when it launched on Aug. 1, setting a new record total of $762,550. The total jackpots continued to grow at unprecedented rates and new record totals were set, leading to the current record jackpot on Aug. 7 that reached $14,176,850.

Buying an online 50/50 ticket is a simple process, similar to most online purchases. Tickets sales will open at 9:00 AM MDT on game days of the Stanley Cup Final and end at 8:00 PM MDT on the same day. The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) raffle license number is 564792.

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BLOG: Alberta's Dampy Brar wins Willie O'Ree Award

Apna Hockey provides support to South Asian and other ethnic players, connects the community, highlights players and parents, and spreads information

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

Willie O'Ree Award presentation

Dampy Brar wins Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award

Willie O’Ree and Harnarayan Singh present the Community Hero Award to Dampy Brar

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EDMONTON, AB - Alberta's own Dampy Brar was named the winner of the NHL's 2019-20 Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award on Tuesday.

The award, named after the first Black player in NHL history, recognizes an individual who, like O'Ree, has used hockey to make a positive impact on his or her community, culture or society.

Brar, a Calgary resident who played professionally in the International Hockey League and West Coast Hockey League, mentors, coaches and teaches hockey to kids and started an initiative with his partner Lali Toor, called Apna Hockey.

The program, which runs out of Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and India, provides support to South Asian and other ethnic players, connects the community, highlights players and parents, and spreads information.

In 2018, he also worked with Hayley Wickenheiser and the Wickfest team to bring the first women's ice hockey team from India to Canada. Brar traveled with the team and provided mentorship, and Apna hockey held coaching sessions for them. Last year, Brar flew to Leh Ladakh, India, located in the Himalayas, to attend their ice hockey championships and took his initiative internationally.

Brar is an advocate of girls playing hockey since ethnic girls are even more unlikely to play the sport. Brar continues to play hockey in the Heritage League and leads his league in scoring. This summer, he was scheduled to go to Europe for the World Masters Ball Hockey tournament as a member of Team Canada, but it was postponed due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

Brar was named the winner of an online vote. The other finalists were Alexandria Briggs-Blake, president of the Tucker Road Parent Hockey Organization in Maryland, and John Haferman, co-founder of the Columbus Ice Hockey Club.

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RELEASE: Important info regarding EOCF online 50/50

Given the systems challenges with the service provider, fans are able to void any ticket purchases over the coming days

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) has announced the process that will be followed to award a winner in the RE/MAX online 50/50 raffle held on Friday, August 7.

As of Monday, August 10, a winning ticket has not been drawn and all tickets remain valid for what became the largest 50/50 raffle in sports history.

Given systems challenges with the online 50/50 service provider, fans are being given the chance to void any ticket purchases over the coming days, from Monday, August 10 through closing on Thursday, August 13 at 12:00 PM MDT.

Money for any void tickets will then be returned into bank accounts. Once all the requests for void tickets are entered, a winner will be drawn. All customers who participated in the Friday, August 7 raffle will be emailed on Monday, August 10, with emails going out over the course of the day.

OPTIONS FOR TICKET PURCHASERS

The EOCF has been in regular communication with the gaming regulator AGLC and they are supportive of this plan to ensure the integrity of the raffle remains intact.

Oilers Entertainment Group wishes to thank Albertans for their support of the RE/MAX online 50/50 raffle, which will help many charitable activities in the community when it is needed most.

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RELEASE: Update on Friday's EOCF online 50/50 raffle

Due to unprecedented demand, technology provider's servers were overwhelmed with requests to purchase tickets

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The following is an update from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation regarding the RE/MAX online 50/50 raffle that took place on August 7, 2020:

Due to unprecedented demand, our technology provider's servers were overwhelmed with requests to purchase tickets. At certain points, demand for tickets exceeded $100,000 per minute. This traffic load caused certain issues including slow loading times, geo-location errors and duplication of some orders. We were able to adjust for capacity throughout the event.

Working with our technology service provider, Ascend Fundraising Solutions, we are endeavouring to quickly resolve any and all customer issues and are in active dialogue with our partners and the gaming regulator, AGLC. This has led to a delay in picking the winning number as we take the needed time to respond to customer requests.

The integrity of the draw is intact. We apologize for the inconvenience, and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation will post the winner as soon as possible at EdmontonOilers.com/5050.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 5050@edmontonoilers.com.

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RELEASE: Oilers fans display generosity with record-setting 50/50

Monday's online 50/50 jackpot reached $3,259,445 with a prize amount of $1,629,722.50 to the winner

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The new Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation online 50/50 raffle presented by RE/MAX has been an overwhelming success, thanks to the generosity and passion of Oilers fans across Alberta.

Oilers fans across Alberta took the 50/50 program to a new level, establishing a record-setting jackpot of $3,259,445 on Monday, Aug. 4, with a prize amount of $1,629,722.50 to the winner.

The EOCF is committed to reinvesting the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle back into the community. The Foundation invests in youth hockey programming, focusing on under-represented groups to increase participation, as well as programs aimed at those most vulnerable in our community, in particular in Edmonton's downtown core.

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RELEASE: Online 50/50 now available for Oilers fans across Alberta

Raffles will begin Saturday, Aug. 1 and continue for each of the subsequent Oilers games during the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - With the exciting recent changes to raffle rules in Alberta, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's 50/50 draw, presented by RE/MAX, is now available online.

Beginning on Saturday, Aug. 1, and for each of the subsequent Oilers games during the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and Stanley Cup Playoffs, the online 50/50 raffle (AGLC #563604) will give fans throughout Alberta the chance to win the 50/50 jackpot while supporting the EOCF.

Oilers 50/50 jackpots at Rogers Place have historically been some of the largest in the NHL, typically reaching anywhere from $50,000 to more than $100,000 per game. The average 50/50 jackpot at Oilers games during the 2019-20 season was a take-home prize of $87,688.

The largest jackpot this season was on New Year's Eve against the New York Rangers when the prize reached $255,817.50. The largest jackpot in Oilers franchise history was $336,995 on April 12, 2017, during the first-ever playoff game at Rogers Place.

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RELEASE: Draisaitl named Oilers King Clancy Memorial Trophy nominee

The NHL's scoring champion also made several notable contributions to the community and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation this season

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Edmonton Oilers forward and alternate captain Leon Draisaitl has been named the Oilers nominee for the 2019-20 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

Draisaitl made several notable contributions to the community and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) this season. He actively served as 2019 Co-Chair for WE Day Alberta, an event hosted in 15 cities across the world that celebrates young people and educators who have made a positive social impact.

He also led and hosted a youth rally in Edmonton for WE Scare Hunger, a service-based campaign that provides young people with the tools to combat food security issues in their local communities. With the help of Draisaitl and the local Edmonton community, the initiative collected more than 17,000 lbs. of food for Edmonton's Food Bank.

Video: COMMUNITY | WE Scare Hunger

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Information regarding applications to participate in 50/50

Due to these uncertain times, the EOCF is not currently accepting 50/50 applications for the upcoming season

by Staff / OilersFoundation.ca

The Oilers 50/50 draw is an exciting element of every Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oil Kings home game at Rogers Place. Applications to participate in the 50/50 program typically open each year in May for the upcoming regular season.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic and the current health crisis around the world, the NHL has paused the current 2019-20 season and there continues to be uncertainty as to when the season will resume and when the 2020-21 season will begin. Due to these uncertain times, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is not currently accepting 50/50 applications for the upcoming season.

Updates will be posted on the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation website once they are made available.

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