Ottawa Senators Foundation

Ottawa Senators Foundation

November 08, 2007 19:45 ET

Second Annual Just One Person Awards Raise $90,000 for Scholarship Program

Bell Executive Sal Iancono Honoured

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2007) - The Sens Foundation and the Max Keeping Foundation, in partnership with the University of Ottawa, today raised $90,000 for Just One Person - a scholarship program for youth-in-care and an accompanying community award - at a special event held at Scotiabank Place. Just One Person honoured Sal Iacono, senior vice-president of Bell's Enterprise Group, for his commitment to the health and well-being of children and families in Ottawa.

The money raised, which was bolstered by matching contributions from the University of Ottawa and the Government of Ontario's Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS), will help establish a scholarship at the University of Ottawa that will afford youth-in-care the opportunity to attend university.

More than 300 people gathered today to celebrate Iacono's accomplishments at a reception held prior to the Ottawa Senators game against the Washington Capitals.

This year's deputy chair of the United Way campaign cabinet, Iacono works tirelessly with Bell's employee-giving team, encouraging employees to support the United Way or a charity of their choice. He has been pivotal in his support of the Bell/Sens Skate for Kids, helping to raise money for Easter Seals. Over the course of the 10 years the event has been held, Iacono's determination has helped raise more than $1 milllion for kids with special needs.

"Many children and families need some help to build a stronger and more promising future. For me, community involvement is all about trying to help those who are less fortunate than we might be," said Iacono. "To be receiving the Just One Person award for doing what is almost a responsibility is humbling and very gratifying. But, knowing that the Just One Person program will help make the future brighter for some youth-in-care by allowing them to attend university is even more gratifying."

As the Just One Person scholarship program grows each year, it is the hope of all the contributing partners that youth in care can look forward to sustainable support for post-secondary education, challenging post-secondary institutions nation-wide to replicate the program.

"We're excited to be a part of this important initiative and look forward to working together to grow this dream," says Bruce Feldthusen, the University of Ottawa's vice-president of university relations. "This investment in young people and their education will really make a difference in building a stronger community."

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