Ottawa Senators Foundation

Ottawa Senators Foundation
Roger's House

Roger's House

March 15, 2011 23:10 ET

Roger's House Telethon raises $601,274 for the pediatric respite and palliative care

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 15, 2011) - As a result of the tremendous support from the community and corporate partners, the Sens Foundation raised $601,274 during tonight's eighth annual Roger's House Telethon, presented by CN. Monies raised put the Sens Foundation one step closer to reaching its annual commitment to Roger's House, the region's only pediatric respite and palliative care centre. This commitment ensures that the facility has the funds necessary to provide children and youth with life-limiting illnesses the best support and care available.

"We're so thankful for the support we received from the community and our sponsors this evening," said Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson. "Funds raised will ensure that help is available for the children and families when they need it most. On behalf of those families, I would like to thank everyone who made a donation and held or participated in an event, as well as our sponsors, most notably our title sponsor, CN, which helped us raise the much-needed funds."

"The Roger's House team appreciates so much the support provided by the community," said Ian Hendry, chair of the Roger's House board. "The money raised this evening will enable us to purchase new equipment, support bereavement groups for parents and siblings and to continue providing world-class services and care to children and families who reside in eastern Ontario and Quebec. This ongoing support from volunteers, sponsors and the community inspires and encourages our team to continue its valuable work."

The telethon was broadcast live on Rogers Sportsnet as the Ottawa Senators hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at Scotiabank Place earlier this evening. Ian Mendes of Rogers Sportsnet and CTV Ottawa's Leanne Cusack served as hosts of the annual event. Donations were collected through phone and web pledges, text messages, in-game contributions and cheques presented to the foundation by local organizations that recently hosted events.

Donors who contributed $250 or more were placed into a draw where four winners were personally called and thanked by Senators' players Daniel Alfredsson, Matt Carkner Milan Michalek and Peter Regin.

Roger's House, the charity of choice of the Sens Foundation, provides a comprehensive pediatric respite and palliative care program with elements of outreach, residential hospice, pain and symptom management; grief and bereavement counselling and research. Since opening its doors in May 2006, Roger's House has provided more than 8,000 days of care and had more than 1,200 admissions. Children and youth are referred to Roger's House for support, care and assessment by a specialized team of medical professionals. Immediate family often stay in the house to receive support and education in relation to their child's progressive illness. The goal of the stay is to foster the quality of family life.

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