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24h of Tremblant taking aim at fundraising record

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
Senators defenceman Chris Phillips and his wife, Erin, are ambassadors for the 24h of Tremblant ski marathon fundraiser, which is set for Dec. 10 to 12 (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC).

One of the Sens Foundation's most important fundraisers is primed and ready to celebrate a decade's worth of giving back.

Details of the 10th anniversary edition of the 24h of Tremblant, set for Dec. 10 to 12, were unveiled earlier today at Scotiabank Place. Organizers of the event are aiming to eclipse the record $1.5 million it raised in 2009.

"We're hoping to do bigger and better this year," said event producer Simon St-Arnaud, who noted the 24h of Tremblant has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2001, when "a handful of people" combined to raise $300,000.

This year, it's expected 2,000 participants on more than 225 teams will take part in the ski relay marathon. Already, 197 teams — comprising a total of 1,500 entries — have registered for the event, with $649,000 raised so far for charities including the Sens Foundation.

Foundation president Danielle Robinson noted the 24h of Tremblant has contributed a total of $925,000 over the last four years, which provide a valuable assist to the organization's charitable causes.

"It's an event that does a lot, not only for this community but for our region," said Robinson. "The Sens Foundation really can't do what it does and be as successful as it is in the community without community partners and events like this."

Leading the charge in the fundraising efforts is Team Phillips, the group led by two of the event's ambassadors, Senators defenceman Chris Phillips and his wife, Erin. Both consider the 24 of Tremblant an event they wouldn't want to miss.

"The money that is raised and how much fun our members of Team Phillips have along with everybody else speaks for itself," said Phillips. "To be there ... it really is a fun weekend."

A-morning personality Lianne Laing, also a 24h of Tremblant ambassador, agreed, saying "It is truly one of the best events I've taken part in ever. You really, truly feel throughout the course of the weekend that you are giving back and that people will benefit after we've had a fantastic time on the slopes."

For more information about the event or to register a team, visit www.tremblant.ca/24h.



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