CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Monday that the 10th annual Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic gala and golf tournament has been rescheduled for Aug. 19-20 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.
The foundation’s annual signature event, which celebrates the season’s world championship-winning national teams while also raising funds for a local minor hockey legacy program and minor hockey programs across the country, was originally scheduled for June 24-25 but was postponed due to severe flooding in southern Alberta.
This year’s gala will take place Monday, Aug. 19 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park, the home of Hockey Canada. The golf tournament is set for Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club in Priddis, Alta., just outside Calgary.
Partial proceeds of $250,000 from the funds raised at the two-day event, including unique silent and live auctions featuring rare memorabilia, will go toward relief for those affected by floods that recently washed through Alberta, including the City of Calgary. Team Canada alumni Sheldon Kennedy and Lanny McDonald are serving as honorary co-chairs for the 2013 Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic, in recognition of their great impact on the game across the country and within the Calgary community.
“Alberta is now faced with the difficult challenges of recovering and rebuilding, but the way in which residents across the province have come together to make that happen has been truly inspiring,” Kennedy said. “The additional financial assistance that the Hockey Canada Foundation will be able to provide for relief efforts through this event will be much-appreciated by those impacted by the devastating flood.”
“The strength, passion and volunteer spirit that have spread through Alberta are much like that of the hockey community across our great country,” McDonald said. “We look forward to welcoming our national teams, sponsors and other special guests to Calgary this August to experience not only the exciting festivities surrounding this year’s Celebrity Classic, but also the incredible positivity that is buzzing through our province, even in the face of hardship.”
Another $250,000 will go toward KidSport Calgary, which aims to make sports such as hockey more affordable for underprivileged youth. Other proceeds from the event will go toward Hockey Canada Foundation programming that promotes accessibility and diversity in the sport, as well as other positive values such as health and wellness, hockey heritage and skill development, from the grassroots level to Canada’s Olympic teams.
“We are proud to continue supporting KidSport, a not-for-profit group with values that truly align with those of our foundation, while also providing much-needed assistance for victims of the Alberta floods,” Hockey Canada Foundation chair Grant Fagerheim said. “We look forward to seeing the country’s hockey community come together this August to not only celebrate the accomplishments of our national teams, but also raise funds for these very worthwhile causes.”
This year’s gala celebrates the success of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, which won the country’s third gold medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Heinola, Finland in January; Canada’s National Sledge Team, which won the gold medal at the 2013 IPC Sledge Hockey World Hockey Championship in Goyang, South Korea in April; and Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team, which won the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia, also in April.
The Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic will be held for the third time in Calgary, which previously hosted in 2007 and 2008. Toronto (2004, 2005, 2006, 2012), Montreal (2009), Edmonton (2010) and Ottawa (2011) have also played host to the Celebrity Classic, which has raised more than $4 million in its first nine years.
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