Molson Canada

Molson Canada

March 30, 2007 13:00 ET

Molson Proud to be a Player at Common Wealth Centre

LLOYDMINSTER, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2007) - Canada's oldest brewer today donated $4,000 towards the continued growth of the Common Wealth Centre during a fun, NHL-style charity shootout at the Bob Holmes Arena.

"Molson is more than just Canada's oldest brewer - we are a community builder," said local Molson sales rep Jean Jewell. "There is no better way for Molson to help build community spirit than to help build a community centre, especially one where so much great Canadian hockey can be played."

Molson is a true fan and proud sponsor of all levels of hockey across Canada from the national men and women's Olympic teams, to NHL teams like the Edmonton Oilers, to local rec hockey teams in Lloydminster.

"Being a community builder means more than just sponsoring the big leagues," Jewell said. "It also means being part of the heart and soul in every town where Molson and its employees live, work and play. That's why we're proud to play our part here in Lloydminster."

With the donation, Molson will be recognized in the 'Player' category of donors. The funds will go towards the purchase of new fitness equipment.

Molson donated the funds as part of a celebrity hockey shootout on the ice at Common Wealth where the brewer donated $1,000 for every goal scored by a community leader. Local VIPs Mayor Ken Baker, MLAs Hon. Lloyd Snelgrove of Alberta and Milt Wakefield of Saskatchewan, and MP Leon Benoit all donned Molson hockey jerseys and took turns firing pucks past Jewell. The final score was 4-0 for the Lloydminster VIPs, so when the blowout was over Jewell presented a $4,000 cheque - along with an oversized commemorative puck - to Mayor Baker.

"We might have scored all the goals today, but Molson scored the biggest one of all for Lloydminster," Baker said. "With the Common Wealth Centre, we are constructing more than a just a better facility, we are building a better community - and we are happy to have Molson be a part of it."

"Our community welcomes Molson's generous donation," added Hon. Lloyd Snelgrove, Alberta MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster. "We are delighted that Molson is showing leadership and community spirit in Lloydminster."

"Lloydminister is a community with a proud hockey history so it is great to have Molson - a company with such close ties to hockey all across the country - to be part of it," added Milt Wakefield, Saskatchewan MLA for Lloydminster.

"Cheers to Molson for being a great community builder," added Vegreville-Wainwright MP Leon Benoit. "This new centre is vital to Lloydminster and I am pleased to see a company like Molson contribute to the quality of life for all the people here."

The $25-million Common Wealth Centre is home to two NHL-size ice surfaces, a leisure ice sheet, two field houses with multi-purpose floors for both soccer and court sports, an outdoor speed-skating oval, a 240-metre long running tack, fitness and physiotherapy services, a mini-golf course, services and play areas for children, plus meeting and conference space.

Lloydminster is city of 24,028 people about 248 kilometres east of Edmonton on the Yellowhead Highway. It is Canada's true border city, straddling the Alberta/Saskatchewan border.

About Molson

With roots dating back to 1786 and a time-honored tradition of brewing quality beers, Molson is proud to play its part in communities across Canada. With an emphasis on helping Canadians aged 19-29, Molson is proud to support the development of active lifestyles, healthy communities and skills improvement in communities coast-to-coast. For more information on fund eligibility and allocation, visit Molson.com.

Molson operates six breweries, including one in Edmonton that is the oldest continuously-used brewery in Western Canada. Molson also invests in communities across Western Canada through sports and entertainment sponsorships. In addition, Molson's charitable programs include the Molson Donations Fund, its employee gift-matching program and MVP, the new Molson Volunteer Program that gives each employee a paid day's leave to volunteer for a community cause.

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