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The Piper Creek Optimists present The Battle of Alberta Fundraiser for EKEC

Third Annual Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer’s Battle of Alberta fundraiser

The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to once again partner with the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer for the third straight year to present the Battle of Alberta Fundraiser, benefiting the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) program. In two years, the Battle of Alberta event has raised over $40,000 for EKEC, as well as $8,000 for additional youth programs in Central Alberta.

This years event ran on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Bo’s Bar and Grill in Red Deer, in conjunction with the Toronto Maple Leafs vs Vancouver Canucks (4:30 p.m.) and Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings (8:00 p.m.) on Hockey Night in Canada. The gold medal game of the World Junior Championship (6:00 p.m.) is also set for January 5. Red Deer Rebels game-day host, Troy Gillard, will be the night’s Master of Ceremonies.

The night featured a Hockey Hot Stove with NHL alumni Curtis Glencross, Jamie Macoun, Brian McGrattan and Colin Patterson.

Doors opened at 4:30 p.m., with hourly prize draws, an early-bird draw at 6 p.m., and the grand prize draws at 9:30 p.m. Two grand prizes were available to be won:

  • Four tickets to the January 19 Edmonton Oilers game against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place, and a limo ride from Red Deer to Edmonton, and back.
  • Four tickets to the April 6 Calgary Flames game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Scotiabank Saddledome, and a limo ride from Red Deer to Calgary, and back.

Tickets were $40 each, which included snacks (courtesy of Bo’s), one beverage, and entry into the hourly draws, early bird draw and both grand prize draws.

A WestJet raffle prize (two tickets for anywhere WestJet flies, sold for $20 each), a 50/50 draw, and silent auction items were also be available throughout the night. As the organizers of the event, the Piper Creek Optimist Club generously allocated the proceeds to the Every Kid Every Community program, which will go specifically to help Central Alberta kids into the game of hockey.


The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all of the generous sponsors of this event: the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, Bo’s Bar and Grill, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Calgary Flames Foundation, ATB Financial, ATB Wealth, Black Crown Garage, WestJet, the Molson Coors Brewing Company, Your Wedding Place and the Frère Realty Team.


Second Annual Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer’s Battle of Alberta fundraiser

The second annual Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer’s Battle of Alberta fundraiser for the Every Kid Every Community program was a major success, with $21,000 going to the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

The event was held in January at Bo’s Bar and Grill in Red Deer, with Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames fans gathering for a night of hockey, stories, and a chance to win tickets to see the Battle of Alberta in Edmonton on January 25, and in Calgary on March 31.

The night was hosted by Red Deer Rebel’s Game Night Host Troy Gillard. Special guests Rob Brown, Jason Strudwick and Curtis Glencross were also in attendance, and treated the crowd to an intimate hockey hot stove.

Hockey Alberta
From left: Rob Brown, Curtis Glencross and Jason Strudwick

“We were thrilled to once again partner with the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer to bring the Battle of Alberta fundraising event back for a second year,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. “The event was once again a major sucess, and we are very humbled by everyone’s support of Every Kid Every Community.”

The event brought in just under $30,000 total, with roughly $8,000 going back to the Piper Creek Optimist Club for other youth initiatives in Central Alberta.