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Skiing for a good cause

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
It's thumbs up for the 24h of Tremblant ski-a-thon from event ambassadors Erin Phillips, Chris Phillips and Lianne Laing and Young SENSations Maria Fakhouri, Natalie Gervais and Sean Lesley (Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/OSHC).

It's all downhill for the most worthy of causes.

The ninth annual 24h of Tremblant is setting its sights on a $1-million hat trick in donations, with the Sens Foundation set to be a major beneficiary of the ski-a-thon fundraiser for another year.

Set for Dec. 11-13 at Mont-Tremblant Resort in Quebec, the event is aiming to raise more than $1 million for a third straight year to benefit sick and underprivileged children. Simon St-Arnaud, producer of the 24h of Tremblant, said more than $196,000 has already been raised toward this year's goal of $1,188,000. Event organizers are hoping to involve 225 teams and more than 2,000 participants in the event, with 150 teams already registered.

Nearly $600,000 has been directed toward the Sens Foundation during its three previous years of involvement to benefit Ottawa charities such as Roger's House, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Candlelighters and Project s.t.e.p.

"We are very proud to be part of this exceptional fundraising event for children," said Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson. "We appreciate the quality of organization of the 24h of Tremblant and our host Mont-Tremblant Resort. We are also looking forward to being a part of this great adventure for years to come and hope the people of Ottawa will get involved and help us reach our objective of raising $1 million again."

During a press conference held today at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips and his wife, Erin, were introduced as ambassadors for the 24h of Tremblant along with A-Morning host Lianne Laing. All will be part of Team Phillips, which raised more than $20,000 during last year's event.

"It’s a great event and it’s also an important event," said Phillips. "It’s brought a lot of money to some great charities. A lot of money has come back to Ottawa and to some charities that are very close to us personally.

"It’s a great event and it’s also an important event. It’s brought a lot of money to some great charities. A lot of money has come back to Ottawa and to some charities that are very close to us personally." - Chris Phillips
"So I just want to encourage everybody to put a team in and support Team Phillips or anybody that you know who might be doing the relay. You’re going to be helping a lot of people right here in your community and it’s a great event."

Added Erin Phillips: "It's an event that, from the minute you get there until the minute you leave, you don't want it to end. There are festivals going on, you get to ski, there are concerts and the atmosphere is unbelievable. We're pretty happy to be a part of it."

The Sens Foundation has registered a team of "Young SENSations," made up of children and youths representing several of the charities that will benefit directly from funds raised by the 24h of Tremblant.

In addition, Erin Phillips will head a group selling 24h of Tremblant toques for $25 at the Dec. 8 game between the Senators and Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place. Donations can also be made online at the 24h of Tremblant website.


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