Local charities had more than one million reasons to celebrate Thursday at Scotiabank Place.
At its annual Hockey Country beneficiary day, the Sens Foundation distributed $1,007,350 to 46 local charitable organizations. The latest funding announcement pushes the foundation and Ottawa Senators' total contribution to community initiatives to more than $50 million since the club's return to the National Hockey League in 1992.
"This is the fun thing we get to do as board members of the foundation – give away money," said Roy Mlakar, president and CEO of the Senators and Scotiabank Place. "Since 1992, we've given away over $50 million to the community, second only to the United Way as a charitable fundraiser. We take a lot of pride in that."
Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson lauded the efforts of the charitable organizations represented at today's event, which take in a wide cross-section of the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
"Our commitment and passion to this work, through and with organizations such as yours, to change everyday lives in this community is very special," said Robinson. "We commend you for the work that you undertake in the community day in and day out, and we're so proud of our shared pursuit with you in these aims.
"Our success is not ours alone. As a foundation, we depend on many things: The support of our corporate partners, the collaborative efforts of charitable organizations and a committed team of volunteers and staff who make sure that everything runs smoothly. We are united in the community."
Among the organizations receiving cheques at today's event are the following (listed alphabetically): Académie des retraités de l’Outaouais, $5,000; Algonquin College Foundation, $45,000; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, $5,000; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County, $5,000; Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, $12,500; Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Ottawa Chapter, $5,000; Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Trust, $30,000; Carleton Place and District Youth Centre, $10,000; Centre de Formation en Entreprise et Recuperation de l’Outaouais, $15,000; Centre Espoir of Gatineau, $10,000; CHEO Foundation, $200,000; Children at Risk, $5,000; Christie Lake Community, $5,000; Community Development Council of Quinte, $5,000; Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre, $10,000; Easter Seals Society, Ottawa Chapter, $63,500; Education Foundation of Ottawa, $25,000; Espace Outaouais, $5,000; Fire Marshall’s Public Safety (Wake up Ottawa), $10,000; Frontier College Foundation, $5,000; Kanata Youth Centre, $5,000 La maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie, $20,000; La mie de l’Entraide, $5,000; Lanark Highlands Youth Centre Inc., $10,000; Les Grandes Frères et Grande Sœurs de l’Outaouais, $10,000; Les Petits Déjeuners de la Soupière de l’Amitié, $10,000; LiveWorkPlay.ca, $5,000; Max Keeping Foundation, $7,500; Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Ottawa Chapter, $8,000; Muscular Dystrophy Canada, $10,000; New Beginnings for Youth, $12,500; OCRI, Ottawa Reads, $7,500; One Parent Families Association, Ottawa Chapter, $3,000; Operation Go Home, $10,000; Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre, $5,000; Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre, $10,000; Roger’s House, $300,000; Ronald McDonald House of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, $25,350; Rotary Centennial Playground, $10,000; Saga Jeunesse, $5,000;
South Nepean Autism Centre, $10,000; St. Joe’s Women’s Centre, $5,000; The Little Troopers Foundation, $5,000; University of Ottawa Foundation, $15,000; YMCA-YWCA, National Capital Region, $10,000; Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, $7,500.