Curtis Glencross and representatives from the Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event, presented by PennWest Exploration, presented cheques to the beneficiaries of the event.
The charity rodeo took place on Friday, August 24th, 2012 in Innisfail, Alberta with all proceeds directed to Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta and growing youth hockey programming in central Alberta through the Hockey Alberta Foundation. Over $196,000 was raised; $60,000 and 30 per cent of the proceeds directed to the Hockey Alberta Foundation and $136,000 and 70 per cent to Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta.
“It costs $1.2 million to operate the House every year,” says Larry Mathieson, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta. “Without the fundraising support of the community, corporations and individuals like Curtis Glencross, we wouldn’t be able to meet those annual goals. Today’s donation will help us to continue supporting sick children and their families and provide a home away from home while these families are going through a stressful time. We couldn’t be more grateful.”
Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta is prominently located facing the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and backing on to Gaetz Avenue. A feasibility study was conducted to evaluate the need for Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer. The study revealed that there are 33,000 pediatric stays at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre per year. One third or 11,000 of those children are from out-of-town. That’s an average of 30 out-of-town children per day. Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta supports sick children and their families from rural communities surrounding Red Deer.
“We are ecstatic to be associated with the Curtis Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock event and Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta. We share the common goal of giving central Alberta kids and their family hope and dreams through access to programs and services they deserve,” said Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation, Scott Robinson. “Curtis has demonstrated great leadership with this initiative and we’re proud to be connected with a great Alberta athlete and person, as well as a great charity like Ronald McDonald House.”
Youth hockey support will be directed through the Every Kid Every Community program through the Hockey Alberta Foundation. This program directs grants and resources to central Alberta communities who want to make the game more accessible for kids to play hockey.
“It is incredible to see what this hard work has gone towards. These are two amazing charities that I have been privileged to work with,” says Curtis Glencross. “I am already looking forward to the second annual event.”
The rodeo featured bull, bronc and bareback riding with some of North America’s most accomplished riders. Prior to the rodeo a poker tournament will be held in Red Deer for event sponsors at the JackPot Casino in Red Deer. Glencross spearheaded the idea for the event and will host the second annual invitational in August 2013.