The 2015 Games for Hope event, a Montreal corporate sports tournament that drew nearly 1,000 people to the Complexe Sportif Bell in Brossard on June 13, raised about $300,000 for three children’s charities: the Starlight Children’s Foundation of Quebec, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Missing Children’s Network Quebec. That’s more than has been raised in any previous year, and it brings the total raised since the event’s inception to about $1.5 million
The title sponsor of the tournament, held for the 13th year, was iSaute; the event, in which several team sports are played, was known this year as the iSaute Corporate Sports Tournament. Ericsson Canada and the Imvescor Restaurant Group, which includes Scores, Mikes and Bâton Rouge, were co-sponsors.
A volunteer team of 45 members of Montreal’s corporate community organized the event, working with more than 30 Montreal suppliers. The day of the event, about 600 people on 65 teams played in the sporting events, and there were 150 volunteers along with spectators, sponsors and suppliers.
The Games for Hope event is organized entirely by volunteers.
“We understand that people work hard for their donation dollars and management stewardship is paramount in the fundraising community,” said Marco Della Rocca, vice-president of the Games for Hope board.
The direct event cost, which includes the cost of renting the facility, for instance, was 10 per cent, which means that $9 of every $10 raised goes directly to the charities.
“Besides directly helping three wonderful children’s charities, the event aims at celebrating the beauty of volunteerism that is available to us all and exists in all of us,” Della Rocca said.
Over the years, volunteers have contributed more than 20,000 hours to the event, he said. And increasing numbers of parents are bringing along their children, which “sends a message to the next generation of the importance and beauty of giving back.”
This year’s key contributors, through registered teams or corporate sponsorships and support, included ADP, Aflalo Communications, Banque Nationale, Blakes, Breville Bulletproof Logistics, Cantor Bakery-Central Station, CBRE, Complexe Sportif Bell, Connor Clark & Lunn Private Capital, CTV, Deloitte, Deville Technologies, Domino’s Pizza, Ecodomus Construction, Empire Life, Ericsson Canada, Ernst & Young, Exceleris Professional Recruitment, Excelitas Technologies, Fonex, Gildan, iSaute, Imvescor Restaurant Group, Kiewitt, Kiva Design, KPMG, JLL, Novotaste, Nulook Office Solutions, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Promo Link, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Recycle Junk, Russo & Associates, RDS, Sanofi, SAP, Simboliq, TD Bank, The Beat 92.5FM, Timberlea Veterinary Clinic, TSN690, Ville de Montréal — Arrondissement Sud-Ouest, Volvox Sports, Whitehaven Securities and 98.5 FM.
For the first time, an outdoor concert was held. It featured the Frisky Kids and Chaz Butcher, both of whom donated their time. Go to gamesforhope.org to learn more.
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