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Sens Foundation

November 30, 2010 17:25 ET

Tremblant's 24h Skiing Unveils its 10th Edition Program

Sens Foundation, Ottawa ambassadors and Team Phillips raise funds

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2010) - Tremblant's 24h of Skiing announced today its plans for the 10th annual event. In addition to being a renowned sporting event and important fundraiser, the weekend offers three days of activities and free outdoor shows at the foot of the slopes as well as in various local bars and restaurants of the pedestrian village. Ottawa Senators defenceman, Chris Phillips, and his wife, Erin, along with A-morning personality Lianne Laing, announced the details of this years's 24h of Tremblant, taking place Dec. 10 to 12, earlier today at Scotiabank Place.

Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson introduced Team Phillips in addition to a group of youth representing the Ottawa charitable organizations which will receive funds from the event. Event producer Simon St-Arnaud unveiled program details and fundraising initiatives planned for the 24h of Tremblant weekend.

In the last four years, the 24h Tremblant event has provided more than $925,000 worth of assistance to the Sens Foundation.

On Friday, Dec. 10, starting at 8 p.m., the kickoff party at the mountaintop chalet will feature Alfa Rococo and Misteur Valaire. While usually reserved for participants in Tremblant's 24h Skiing, 500 tickets will be made available to the public. The big outdoor 10th anniversary show will take place on Saturday at 8 p.m. under the direction of musical director David Laflèche, and will showcase 24 songs by artists who have participated in the 10 years of Tremblant's 24h skiing. Les Cowboys Fringants will serve as special guests of the musical program for the evening. On Sunday, Dec. 12 at noon, a musical group will close the festivities. For the first time, humour will also be in the spotlight, with François Massicotte, Alain Dumas, Philippe Bond and others. Program details can be found by visiting www.tremblant.ca/24h. The site will also provide a Ustream of event highlights, with a focus on the Friday and Saturday concerts.

"For our 10th anniversary, we wanted to put together a festive program reflecting the participants," said St-Arnaud. "It showcases the commitment of the artists who have volunteered their talent to Tremblant's 24h of Skiing since 2001. Not only is it the biggest fundraiser in North American skiing industry today, it's now a must-see sporting and cultural event."

Over the past decade, Tremblant's 24h of Skiing has raised nearly $6.3 million primarily in support of Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau, Fondation Tremblant, and the Sens Foundation. The event has welcomed more than 200,000 visitors, 8,951 participants and 1,184 teams, which have skied about 275,000 kilometres. It has also brought together 2,000 volunteers and featured more than 100 artists. Inspired by the Grand Prix 24 heures de Villars, a Swiss charity event, Tremblant's 24h of Skiing was created by Formula Charity, a nonprofit outlet founded and sponsored by Craig Pollock and Jacques Villeneuve. They introduced the 24 hour concept to Tremblant in 2001.

The 2010 edition will be backed by its team of loyal ambassadors: Chris and Erin Phillips, Lianne Laing, skiing champion Mélanie Turgeon and hosts Anne-Marie Withenshaw, Benoît Gagnon and Philippe Fehmiu. Olympic snowboarding gold medallist Jasey-Jay Anderson, who also serves as Mont Tremblant Ski Resort spokesperson, will be on the slopes with members of his team. Nearly 2,000 participants and 250 teams will ski for 24 hours to raise more than the $1.5 million record set in 2009. Team and event donations can be made via the event website at www.tremblant.ca/24h.

Tremblant's 24h of Skiing is powered by Volkswagen in cooperation with TELUS and Manulife Financial. Our proud partners include Coca-Cola, Van Houtte, Snickers, Carlsberg, Sennheiser, Sunice, Bula, Air Canada, and Imprimerie l'Artographe.

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