Flames Foundation distributes $1 million from 50/50 ticket sales funds

Dr. Reg Crowshoe, a Piikani Blackfoot elder, and United Way CEO Karen Young share a laugh during a Calgary Flames Foundation event on Wednesday. The United Way-Indigenous Communities Support program was one of 16 charities which received a part of $1 million in donations from the Flames Foundation online 50/50 program.

Sixteen charities in southern Alberta will benefit from the Calgary Flames Foundation’s online 50/50 ticket program, with $1 million in donations to be distributed among the groups.

The contribution is an extension to funds distributed through the foundation’s COVID-19 Community Support Program, which launched in March. The Flames Foundation has donated a total of $2.4 million through the program.

The donation will benefit organizations responding to “essential needs” during the pandemic in food mobilization, grassroots sport delivery, family support services and vulnerable populations, according to the Flames Foundation.

“I know some of us feel like we might be in recovery mode or sort of getting back to a new normal, but the impact is significant … on charities and many families and groups in our city and southern Alberta,” said Candice Goudie, executive director of the Calgary Flames Foundation.

“It’s because of success and support of our online 50/50 program we were able to support a number of groups that are responding to critical needs right now and that are addressing essential needs of families and people that need to be serviced right away.”

Goudie said the online 50/50 program has taken off in recent weeks, as people continue “having fun with it.”

“We are surprised. We are beyond grateful,” she said. “It’s just tremendous for us and it’s a byproduct of that support.”

Recipients of the new $1-million donation include:

  • Calgary Food Bank;
  • Red Deer Food Bank;
  • Lethbridge Food Bank;
  • Medicine Hat and District Food Bank;
  • Airdrie Food Bank;
  • Veteran’s Association Food Bank Calgary;
  • Community Kitchen Program of Calgary;
  • KidSport Calgary;
  • KidSport Alberta;
  • Hockey Alberta Foundation – Every Kid Every Community Program;
  • Girls and Boys Clubs of Calgary;
  • Women in Need Society (WINS);
  • Children’s Cottage Society;
  • United Way – Indigenous Communities Support;
  • Calgary Seniors Resource Society;
  • Bethany Care Foundation.

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