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Wild Rose MP’s charity recognized with additional $10,000 donation

By: Sara Wilson

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:08 am

Wild Rose MP Blake Richards, left, and former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy held up a check for $280,351 that has been raised for RCMP Victim Services during the five editions of the Rocky Mountain Hockey Challenge
Wild Rose MP Blake Richards, left, and former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy held up a check for $280,351 that has been raised for RCMP Victim Services during the five editions of the Rocky Mountain Hockey Challenge
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Airdrie MP Blake Richards’ annual Rocky Mountain Hockey Challenge charity event, along with sponsor Bow Valley Credit Union, were recognized this month with a $10,000 grant from Concentra Financial on May 15.

The donation is awarded through the Concentra EmPowering Your Community campaign. A program that supports community, provincial, national and international co-operative organizations. Funding is provided to assist with the development and operation of co-operative ventures.

Concentra stresses the importance of the individual credit union in its respective community and its role in supporting charitable events and initiatives, according to a press release on May 15. During the year, Concentra will ask credit unions to identify specific local projects that could qualify for this funding, these funds will be made available to eligible credit unions across Canada.

Richards’ annual event has raised more than $280,000 for victims’ services groups since the inaugural game in 2008, and Bow Valley Credit Union has been a key to their success, Richards said.

“I’m incredibly honoured to have had the opportunity to raise critically needed funds for victims services in my riding,” said Richards. “I am especially thankful to Larry Bohn and the Bow Valley Credit Union for their long standing support of our initiative.”

Richards’ charity hockey game brings together NHL stars, local politicians and residents to play hockey and show their support for Victim Assistance Programs.

Richard’s charity event was selected by Concentra from a pool of more than 70 initiatives throughout the country for the credit union values and demonstrated leadership within the community.

“We’ve been a proud partner with Blake in supporting victims’ services for six years now,” said Bohn, president of the Bow Valley Credit Union.

“I’m very excited to receive this national recognition and look forward to continuing our contribution to this important cause.”

Last year’s Rocky Mountain Hockey Challenge, held at the Cochrane Arena on Aug. 18, was the most successful to date.

“It has definitely gone well,” Richards told the Rocky View Weekly in August.

“We had a nice turnout, and while I’m sure we had a lot of people come to see the NHL players, everyone has come out here to support a great cause.”

This year’s charity event raised $85,351, putting the five-year total at $280,351.

“To raise that much money is fantastic,” St. John’s Ice Caps captain and Calgary native Jason Jaffray said.

“You couldn’t look for a better cause to give to right now than to those victims units.”

Last year’s game was originally scheduled to take place at the Edge School for Athletics in Springbank on June 30, but the event was postponed due to the flooding across southern Alberta.

Details of this year’s charity event in support of victims services, which is tentatively planned for the second week of September, are expected to be announced in the near future.

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