It was a tragic start to the month of April in the hockey community and across the country. As everyone now knows, on April 6th, a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos Junior A hockey team collided with a tractor trailer in Saskatchewan, leaving 16 dead and 13 more injured. Such a devastating event quickly resulted in the amazing hockey community in Hamilton, Canada and around the world rallying together in support of the loss of their fellow brothers and sister.
The Hamilton Bulldogs and Bulldogs Foundation were quick to jump on board and show their support. The following night during game 2 of our playoff series with the Niagara Ice Dogs, our usual sales at our Foundation Booth were put on hold in order to collect donations to be sent to the Humboldt Broncos organization.
A Bulldogs team-signed stick and the Park's Canada 'Best Seats in the House" were raffled off with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Broncos. With the very generous donations from Bulldogs fans, as well as from the bus loads of Ice Dogs fans that were in attendance, we were able to raise $2800!
At our next home game of the series, thanks to some of our amazing partners who each bought100 donuts, we were able to have 500 Humboldt Broncos donuts from Tim Horton's available at the game. We then took donations of any amount in exchange for one of the delicious donuts. Again, 100% of the proceeds we raised went directly to the Humboldt Broncos organization.
A big thank you goes out to the Glanbrook Minor Hockey Association, the Hamilton Huskies, Hamilton TiCats and Tim Horton's for their very generous donations in support of a great cause.
Also, at the same game we were thrilled to welcome Canadian Blood Services and Trillium Gift of Life Network who had information tables set up on the concourse. Fans were able to educate themselves and learn how to give of themselves in tribute to the Humboldt tragedy.
Did you know that 50% Canadians will either need blood or know someone who will at some point in their lives. Canadian Blood Services need to collect over 190 donations every single week! Also, that 1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives. Learn more about these amazing organization and how you can help below:
April the 12th also marked a popup 'Jersey Day' across the country. People all over Canada wore their favorite jerseys to school or work in support of the Humboldt Broncos. Members of the Bulldogs Front Office are pictured above showing off their favorite Bulldogs jerseys on this day.
Moving along, in a couple of weeks, The Hamilton Bulldogs and our Foundation are proud to sponsor the 43rd annual Hamilton Community Prayer Breakfast. The event is a truly wonderful morning of inspiration and courage with keynote Nate Leipciger and students from Hamilton Wentworth schools, sharing their stories of coming to Canada as refugees and rebuilding their lives.
For tickets and inquires, please contact Dawnmarie.Warburton@hamilton.ca
With the Bulldogs deep into the playoffs, it is a difficult time to have our players get out into the community. This past month our Foundation was focused on supporting the Humboldt Broncos as well as increasing our sales at our Foundation Booth during home games.
During this time, we were fortunate enough to have NHL legends Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clarke
stop by our Foundation Booth during one of our games in the Bulldogs third round matchup vs. Kingston.
The Bulldogs Foundation has benefited tremendously from this years playoff run as sales at our Foundation Booth as well as our 50/50 pots have been outstanding! Fans have been purchasing game-used and signed sticks, hockey cards, signed pucks and even a team-signed heritage jersey (pictured below) with 100% of these profits going into our Foundation supporting our Breakfast Program and many other initiatives.
Thank you to all of our fans for continuing to support our Foundation. We look forward to yet another eventful month ahead as the team continues their quest for the Memorial Cup!