The Minnesota Wild announced that $15,635 was raised as part of the team event held at the BMO Harris Bank located at 5050 France Ave. South in Edina on May 26 to help support people affected by the devastating wildfires around Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. Wild players Erik Haula, Zach Parise, Jason Pominville, Nate Prosser, Jared Spurgeon and Jason Zucker signed autographs for fans that donated $50 and the Minnesota Wild Foundation donated an additional $5,000 to the Red Cross.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Red Cross to support those affected by the wildfires in Alberta, Canada. Jared Spurgeon’s wife, Danielle, is one of the thousands of people that have been impacted by the fires in Alberta. Her parents lost their home to a fire in west Edmonton in early May and helped spearhead the Wild’s effort.
To further help the community, BMO Financial Group is donating $2 million to the Canadian Red Cross to provide emergency support in the Fort McMurray region and is offering a financial relief program to customers impacted by the fires. Fans wishing to help people affected by the wildfires in Canada are encouraged to visit www.redcross.ca or www.redcross.org. Gifts enable the Red Cross to respond to and help people affected by this disaster.
Raging since May 1, the wildfires triggered the largest fire-related evacuation in Alberta’s history. More than 700 employees and volunteers of the Red Cross have been working tirelessly providing shelter, food, water, and family reunification services to people forced to flee their homes. Specially trained volunteers are offering comfort and care to those who have suffered trauma. In addition, the Canadian Red Cross has provided cash grants to more than 80,000 people affected by the wildfires to buy what they urgently need during this difficult time.
The Minnesota Wild Foundation exists to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey. Since its inception in 2000, the Minnesota Wild has invested more than $12 million dollars back into the community through donations and service. For more information please visit wild.com/foundation.
About BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through more than 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank’s commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking products and services are provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. and are subject to bank or credit approval. BMO Harris Bank® is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and CDN $681 billion in assets (as of April 30, 2016).