Ottawa Senators Foundation

Ottawa Senators Foundation

November 02, 2009 13:25 ET

24h of Tremblant Shoots for $1-Million 'Hat Trick' in Donations

Mont-Tremblant Resort to Also Feature Entertainment Program on Dec. 11, 12 and 13

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2009) - The Sens Foundation is pleased once again to have been chosen as a beneficiary of the ninth annual 24h of Tremblant, a ski-a-thon fundraiser for the benefit of sick and underprivileged children. The event takes place at the Mont-Tremblant Resort in Quebec from Dec. 11 to 13. In just three years, fundraising through 24h of Tremblant has directed close to $600,000 to the Sens Foundation, which has used the funds to continue its work with charities in this community.

The 2009 edition of 24h of Tremblant is looking for 225 teams to participate in 24-hour skiing and snowboarding relay to help raise $1 million for a third consecutive year. Team members take turns accumulating kilometres on the slopes of Mont Tremblant, with the goal of raising money through sponsorships and donations. The event also welcomes spectators as it hosts live outdoor shows, entertainment and contests in the pedestrian village.

Team Phillips will be back this year. Led by Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips and his wife, Erin, this team of friends hopes to surpass its $20,000 fundraising achievement of last year. Fellow ambassador and A-Morning host Lianne Laing and her husband Tony Harris have also joined the team.

"Erin and I are proud to be ambassadors to the 24h of Tremblant," said Chris Phillips. "Knowing we can get our families and friends involved in such a fun, meaningful way to support thousands of children in our community and beyond is very rewarding."

The Sens Foundation has also registered a team of "Young SENSations." Captained by Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson, the team is made up of children and youth representing several of the charities that will directly benefit from the funds raised at 24h Tremblant. Representing Candlelighters is Maria Fakhouri, a 10-year-old in remission from a malignant Wilms' tumour, a type of kidney cancer. Fakhouri will also be featured in all of the official marketing materials for the 2009 event. Sean Lesley, a 16-year-old in remission from leukemia, is representing the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Lesley is back for a second time and hopes to beat last year $15,000 fundraising achievement. Natalie Gervais, an 18-year-old who's received treatment for substance abuse and addiction, is representing project S.T.E.P. and the need for youth addiction residential treatment centres in our community. These four will be joined by their families and friends to round out the team of twelve.

"We are very proud to be part of this exceptional fundraising event for children. We appreciate the quality of organization of the 24h of Tremblant and our host Mont-Tremblant Resort," said Robinson. "We are looking forward to being a part of this great adventure for years to come and hope the people of Ottawa will get involved and help us reach our objective of raising $1 million again."

In addition to the Sens Foundation, the 24h of Tremblant organizing committee has designated funds to the Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau in Montreal and the Tremblant Foundation. Local media partners include Ottawa Citizen, EMC Your Community Papers, Ottawa Kiosk, A-Morning, Virgin Radio 106.9FM and NRJ 104.1FM.

Ottawa-specific initiatives

Virgin 24H Rock Challenge: Morning show announcer Cub Carson and afternoon-drive show announcer Gonzo will be live on air for the Virgin 24H Rock Challenge from Thursday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 a.m. to Friday, Dec. 4, at 5:30 a.m. Advertising sponsorships are available and listeners can make donations to the cause as well.

24H Tremblant tuque sales: Show your support by purchasing the official event tuque. Just $20, tuques will be sold by Scotiabank Place Sens Stores or from a member of Team Phillips at the Dec. 8 game between the Senators and Montreal Canadiens. One hundred per cent of the net proceeds go back to charity.

Team registration bonus: The Sens Foundation has set a goal of recruiting 25 teams from the Ottawa/Gatineau region to attend the event. Anyone who references the foundation as part of their team registration for the 24h Tremblant event from Nov. 3-20 will be entered into a draw to win a gallery-level suite with 12 tickets for the Jan. 3 Senators versus Philadelphia Flyers game. The winners will also be transported to and from Scotiabank Place by a 20-passenger limo-bus and will receive a $300 Aramark voucher to apply towards a food and beverage order in suite. The prize is valued at $2,500.

For more information on the 24h of Tremblant event, to register teams and to make donations, visit the Sens Foundation or 24h of Tremblant websites.

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