Not only was the month of March a very exciting one for the Hamilton Bulldogs as they kicked off the first round of playoffs as the top seed in the eastern conference, but it was also an extremely eventful month for our Foundation.
At our first home game of the month, the Bulldogs were honored to host three members of the Canadian Woman's Hockey Team who had just taken home a silver medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Sarah Nurse, Laura Fortino and Renata Fast were all on hand to drop the puck and meet with fans during the game.
We were lucky enough to have the three Olympians sign a Team Canada jersey which was then auctioned off at our game. The auction was a huge success and the proceeds went directly into our Nutrition Program. A big thank you goes out to these three wonderful ladies and best of luck with the rest of your hockey careers.
In the days following, a very unfortunate incident occurred on Hamilton's own Locke Street. Although, it resulted in the rallying of our community and the Bulldog's quickly jumped on board. Starting on March 8th, in the days following the event, the Hamilton Bulldogs distributed many tickets to the local businesses spread along Locke Street.
Some lucky customers shopping on Locke in the days to come received free ticket vouchers to attend any one of our home games in the first round of playoffs.
On March 12th, Hamilton Bulldog players Nicholas Caamano and Ryan Moore made a special visit to McMaster Children's Hospital and brought gifts for Anya, and the other children in the unit.
Visiting the Children's Hospital is one of our player's favorite ways to give back to our community. It means so much to us as an organization to be able to get the opportunity to do such wonderful visits like these. Thank you so much to the patients and staff at McMaster Children's Hospital for having us on this day!
Some of the biggest news to come out of the month was the announcement that FirstOntario Credit Union was named the official financial institution of The Hamilton Bulldogs hockey club and The Hamilton Bulldogs Foundation. This move will enhance an already successful community partnership. This long-term commitment will see both organizations, both deeply rooted in the Hamilton community, strive to make an even bigger impact in the city. FirstOntario will also become the Foundation’s largest corporate donor. This enhanced partnership will have a significant impact on our Foundation's Breakfast Program.
"FirstOntario Credit Union and the Hamilton Bulldogs have the same goals. As a cooperative organization, we look out for the people in our communities and as a credit union, we use our profits for a higher purpose," said James Lefebvre, FirstOntario’s Senior Vice President, Member Experience and Business Services. "Student nutrition is important to our credit union, our employees, our Members and the Hamilton Bulldogs Foundation. We all have a role to play in helping others, and this is one of the ways where we can make a significant impact."
On March 23rd, some of the Bulldogs front office as well as friends and partners were fortunate enough to attend the Colours of Hope Dinner at Carmen's Banquet Centre. The event definitely kept its promise of an evening full of laughter and entertainment with great food, all the while helping children in our community via the Charity of Hope.
The Charity of Hope has granted wishes that has given hope to thousands of children, youth and their families since 1999. They provide funding to schools and teachers to help students stay engaged and thrive in school. Community organizations count on their support and funding for their programs that help underprivileged children and youth. It is incredible to have another charity so close to home that strives for the betterment of our Hamilton community and youth just as our Foundation.
Also during the month of March, our customized Bulldogs bubble hockey and shuffle board table that were located in our Poolshoppe Game Zone were auctioned off.
We are always looking for ways to raise money for our Foundation and this was a great way to do so. The games however, were not the only items we were able to auction off. Over the course of the month we were able to raise money for our Foundation by auctioning off game-used and signed sticks from Bulldogs players Robert Thomas and Will Bitten on the CHL Auction website.
From now until April 15th there are still many great Bulldogs memorabilia items available on the site to bid on. Coyotes prospect Mackenzie Entwistle as well as rookie sensation Arthur Kaliyev both have game-used and signed sticks available as well as a team signed jersey and stick.
Go check out the items mentioned above and many others HERE before it's too late!
As always, you can help support the Bulldogs Foundation during every home game by purchasing your 50/50 tickets or stopping by our Foundation Booth and picking up some awesome memorabilia. The booth is located on the concourse in section 113.
Just a few months into the year there is already so much for our Foundation to look back on and be proud of. We look forward to much more community involvement and fundraising in the months to come.
From us all at the Bulldogs Foundation, we want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy Easter weekend!