OTTAWA - The 2007 Bell • Ottawa Senators Viva Las Vegas Ice & Dice presented by Samsung, the premier fundraising event of the Ottawa Senators Foundation, raised more than $280,000 for local charities. The money raised will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario ($125,000) and the pediatric unit of the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Gatineau ($50,000), while the remainder will go towards other local health-related charities whose programs focus on improving the quality of life for children and youth.
Complete with roaming showgirls, a Vegas strip, and Elvis and Cher impersonators, this event gave more than 600 guests the opportunity to try out their blackjack skills with Sens players as celebrity dealers, bid on some spectacular auction items and enjoy an amazing meal. The event was hosted by Stuntman Stu along with club broadcasters Dean Brown and Gord Wilson, while Juno Award-winner Liberty Silver took to the main stage to entertain guests during dinner.
Since 1992, the Senators and their foundation, through this annual fundraising event, have provided more than $1 million to charities in the region.
In May 2006, Bell Canada and the Ottawa Senators announced a commitment to raise
$1 million for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario over the next five years. The 2007 Bell • Ottawa Senators Viva Las Vegas Ice & Dice presented by Samsung is one of the events that will help Bell and the Ottawa Senators fulfill the million-dollar goal.
Ernst & Young, Casino du Lac-Leamy and Jubilee Fine Jewellers were also key sponsors of the event. Their corporate support, plus the support of many other event partners, made this the most successful event in the 14-year history of this fundraising effort.
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