HOCKEY GREATS LACE UP FOR HOMELESSNESS IN KITCHENER-WATERLOO

July 2015 (Kitchener-Waterloo) After a successful first year, Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHTH) proudly presented by Freedom 55 Financial will be returning to Kitchener-Waterloo. Hockey players and enthusiasts from all over the Kitchener-Waterloo area will be lacing up with hockey greats on October 30th at RIM Park to raise money and awareness for the issue of homelessness. This year, the local HHTH committee has set its goal to raise $100,000 dollars for five local homelessness agencies: YWCA, House of Friendship, Lutherwood, HHUG (Homelessness and Housing Umbrella Group) and oneROOF. In its first year, the one-day tournament raised $80,000 dollars for partner organizations in the Kitchener-Waterloo community. Together, the organizations provide shelter to nearly 2,000 people annually and provide essential support services to thousands more each year. Funds from the past HHTH tournament have allowed HHUG (an organization spear-heading the efforts to create a long-term community-wide solution to homelessness) to remain operational through 2016. “We had a fantastic response in the first year in Kitchener-Waterloo and we are looking forward to an even more exciting event this year.” said Gary Scullion, President and CEO, Hockey Helps the Homeless. Over 200 former NHL Pros and Olympic Gold Medalists have participated in Hockey Helps the Homeless tournaments across the country. The format is a one day Pro-am tournament where participants are treated like a pro for a day, playing alongside hockey legends. Since 1996, HHTH has raised over $9,000,000 in support of over 40 homeless agency partners across Canada. Hockey pros that are already confirmed for the October event include Stanley Cup Winner Mike Krushelynski, Olympic Gold Medalists Jayna Hefford, Jenelle Kohanchuk, Rebecca Johnston, Jocelyne Larocque and Leafs Alumni Darryl Shannon and Dave Reid. More pros will be announced on our website soon. Teams and/or Individuals are invited to play in our one-day fantasy hockey tournament. The process is easy; just visit our website at www.hockeyhelpsthehomeless.com to sign up today.