Sens Foundation

Sens Foundation

July 13, 2011 20:31 ET

Senators Forward Chris Neil and Wife Caitlin Named Honorary Chairs of Roger's House

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 13, 2011) - At a reception held earlier this evening, the Sens Foundation and Roger's House named Senators forward Chris Neil and his wife, Caitlin, new honorary chairs of Roger's House.

"We're honoured to be associated with Rogers House, said Senators forward Chris Neil. "This facility is such an important part of our community for so many children and families, and as parents, Caitlin and I are excited to help out in any way we can.

As co-honorary chairs, the Neils will help promote awareness and fundraising for the facility, which relies on the Sens Foundation for 30 per cent of its annual operating budget. They will take over from outgoing honorary chair and former Ottawa Senator Mike Fisher, who was named to the position in 2004 when the house was being constructed.

"Chris and Caitlin have shown their commitment to the Senators family and our community, and they make a perfect fit to continue as honorary chairs of Roger's House," said Erin Crowe, chair of Roger's House and executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Senators Sports & Entertainment. "We'd like to thank Mike Fisher for the contributions he made, both to help raise awareness and to invigorate the spirits of so many children and families."

"The Senators are very fortunate to have a roster of out-going, community-minded players," said Cyril Leeder, president of Senators Sports & Entertainment and Sens Foundation board member. The addition of Chris and Caitlin to the Roger's House team is wonderful news for the house, its staff and, most importantly, the children and their families."

Roger's House was built in honour of Roger Neilson, a former Senators assistant coach who died June 21, 2003, after a lengthy battle with cancer. The pediatric palliative care facitlity stands as a permanent memorial to the coach, who touched so many people in the hockey world and beyond.

The charity of choice of the Sens Foundation, Roger's House is located on the grounds of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The facility 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.

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