Wild Rose MP’s charity recognized with additional $10,000 donation
Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:08 am
Airdrie MP Blake Richardsí 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.
Richardsí annual event has raised more than $280,000 for victimsí services groups since the inaugural game in 2008, and Bow Valley Credit Union has been a key to their success, Richards said.
ďIím incredibly honoured to have had the opportunity to raise critically needed funds for victims services in my riding,Ē said Richards. ďI am especially thankful to Larry Bohn and the Bow Valley Credit Union for their long standing support of our initiative.Ē
Richardsí charity hockey game brings together NHL stars, local politicians and residents to play hockey and show their support for Victim Assistance Programs.
Richardís 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.
ďWeíve been a proud partner with Blake in supporting victimsí services for six years now,Ē said Bohn, president of the Bow Valley Credit Union.
ďIím very excited to receive this national recognition and look forward to continuing our contribution to this important cause.Ē
Last yearís Rocky Mountain Hockey Challenge, held at the Cochrane Arena on Aug. 18, was the most successful to date.
ďIt has definitely gone well,Ē Richards told the Rocky View Weekly in August.
ďWe had a nice turnout, and while Iím sure we had a lot of people come to see the NHL players, everyone has come out here to support a great cause.Ē
This yearís charity event raised $85,351, putting the five-year total at $280,351.
ďTo raise that much money is fantastic,Ē St. Johnís Ice Caps captain and Calgary native Jason Jaffray said.
ďYou couldnít look for a better cause to give to right now than to those victims units.Ē
Last yearís 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 yearís 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.
For more information on Richardís Hockey Challenge visit www.blakerichards.ca.
For more information visit www.concentrafinancial.ca/pages/community.aspx