Brantford, Ontario, March 2, 2016 – Hockey Night in Brantford is returning for another year of celebration, high level hockey entertainment and showcasing local hockey talent from all levels of the game.
Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brantford-Brant, joined with members of the Hockey Night in Brantford 2016 Organizing Committee, sponsors and event partners to make the announcement this morning at event sponsor Wacky Wings.
The 5th annual charity hockey game and community celebration will make its return to the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre on August 10th, 2016. Local NHL players and NHL alumni will once again join other elite men and women hockey players in a highly entertaining event to celebrate the Brantford-Brant community’s rich hockey heritage.
Over its first four years, Hockey Night in Brantford has raised a total of $368,000 to support those in need across the Brantford-Brant community. Proceeds from this year’s game will benefit the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund Charity, which promotes the physical, mental and social development of financially disadvantaged children by providing financial sports grants to eligible families.
Hockey Night in Brantford 2016 will also honour and pay tribute to the late Jean Anderson, a tireless community leader whose passion and dedication has helped allow thousands of children to benefit from the work of the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund Charity.
“In a community famous for its rich athletic heritage, no child should be denied the opportunity to access the joys and benefits of participating in organized sport,” said McColeman. “Partnering with the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund Charity is a natural fit for Hockey Night in Brantford, and provides a wonderful opportunity to continue building on the legacy of the late Jean Anderson.”
To kick off this year’s fundraising efforts, Empire Communities has stepped up once again as the event’s official title sponsor with a significant contribution of $20,000.
Raffle tickets will be on sale shortly; once again offering lucky fans a chance to win two tickets anywhere that Air Canada flies or two tickets anywhere that WestJet flies.
The Arnold Anderson Sport Fund Charity has helped over 2,600 young athletes participate in sport. Support from Hockey Night in Brantford will help the Charity significantly expand its capacity.
One in three Canadian families cannot afford to enroll their children in sports and physical activities*