OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators Foundation (@SensFoundation) and the Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today a donation of $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of those people affected by the devastating forest fires in the region of Fort McMurray.
“As Canadians we feel it is our duty to help those who need it. As a hockey club, it is important to use our voice to raise awareness for important causes like this,” said Danielle Robinson, president and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation "We are proud to support Chris Phillips and the entire Fort McMurray region."
“The Fort McMurray fire has had a devastating impact on that community – a community who has family members and friends right across Canada, including many in Ottawa,” said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “The Senators family has a special tie to Fort McMurray in Chris and Erin Phillips and we are working hard to do our part to help support the citizens of Fort McMurray during such a difficult time. Stay strong Fort McMurray – the entire country stands with you.”
“I spent the first 17 years of my life enjoying all that Fort McMurray has to offer, it is a special place that I love dearly,” said Senators defenceman Chris Phillips. “To see the Senators organization provide this kind of support to help the disaster relief efforts means so much to both me and my family. The Ottawa community has been so generous with their donations and we hope that people can continue with their support as the people in Fort Mac work to rebuild their lives.”
The Canadian Red Cross has been providing emergency funds to evacuees and to all people in these communities who have been left with almost nothing, to purchase what they need most urgently. They will continue to reach all registered evacuees in an effort to ensure that all who are in need are provided with assistance. The Red Cross will continue to help people and communities rebuild and recover from this disaster for as long as is required.
Senators fans wishing to make a donation to support the efforts of the Canadian Red Cross are asked to visit www.redcross.ca for more information.
The Senators and the Ottawa Senators Foundation are also encouraging fans to attend the Ottawa4FortMac fundraising event in support of Fort McMurray relief efforts that will take place on Wednesday, June 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa. For tickets, please click here.
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