Kirby and Marie Fontaine have ended their generous spending spree with a donation of $16,000 to The Dream Factory.
The Sagkeeng First Nation couple, who won $50 million in a Lotto Max jackpot in 2009, made the donation to the Winnipeg children’s charity on New Year’s Eve.
“We were totally thrilled to receive the phone call on New Year’s Eve from Kirby and Marie,” said Grace Thomson, executive director of The Dream Factory in a release.
“It is absolutely heartwarming to be the recipient of such generosity. I want to thank Kirby and Marie and all of our supporters for a tremendous year, which will allow us to continue to make dreams come true for some very brave and deserving kids.”
The Fontaines made similar donations to other local charities in December, including the Christmas Cheer Board, Siloam Mission, Rossbrook House and Winnipeg Harvest.
NHL fans can bid on signed jerseys that were part of the successful Goals for Dreams Hockey Challenge held on November 17 at Max Bell Arena.
Signed by Winnipeg Jets Andrew Ladd and Mark Stuart, as well as Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews and Nashville Predators’ Shea Weber, the jerseys will raise funds for The Dream Factory and Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.
Fans can bid securely on eBay.ca until midnight on Thursday, December 20.
By Tyler Sutherland
Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd will serve as the honourary spokesperson for The Dream Factory, the organization has announced.
It’s the second time Ladd is teaming up with the Manitoba charity after helping to organize their successful Goals for Dreams Hockey Challenge on November 17. With the help of Ladd’s support, the event raised $80,000 for both the Children’s Hospital Foundation and The Dream Factory.
“After having the opportunity to be involved with them during our recent charity hockey game it was clear to me this was a cause I wanted to be involved in,” Ladd said in a statement. “I look forward to helping sick children realize their dreams.”
Fans attending the sold-out Goals for Dreams Hockey Challenge on Saturday will get the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the NHL’s biggest names.
Prior to the puck drop at 3:30 p.m., players will be signing autographs on the concourse of Max Bell Arena on the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus.
Players attending the 2 p.m. signing include Andrew Ladd, Marks Stuart, Jonathan Toews, Shea Weber, Duncan Keith, Mike Richards, Brian Little, Olli Jokinen, Jim Slater, Zach Bogosian, Tanner Glass, Shane Hnidy, Ryan Reaves, Troy Brouwer, Colin Wilson, Gregory Campbell, Andrew Reimer, Chris Mason, Ryan Garbutt, and retired NHL referee Ron Hoggarth.
The challenge will see NHLPA players facing off against the Winnipeg Police Service Patrolmen Hockey Club.
Proceeds from the game will go to support the Dream Factory and Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Locked-out Winnipeg Jets players will soon face off against a team of Winnipeg police officers in the name of charity.
The Winnipeg Police Service Patrolmen Hockey Club and National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) announced a partnership Monday to raise funds for the Dream Factory and Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The Goals for Dreams Hockey Challenge will be held Saturday, November 17 at the University of Manitoba’s Max Bell Arena.
Teams will be split up by Team Ladd and Team Stuart, comprised of Jets captain Andrew Ladd and defenceman Mark Stuart. Also participating will be Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Little, Jim Slater, Olli Jokinen, Tanner Glass, Travis Zajac, Colin Wilson, Shane Hnidy, and Jonathon Toews.
Puck drop is at 3 p.m. and tickets are $20. Fans can purchase their seats at all nine Winnipeg area Boston Pizza restaurants, the Dream Factory Office, 303-1 Wesley Avenue, and the Children’s Hospital Foundation, RM CE501-840 Sherbrook Avenue, beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
The game will include mascots, tykes’ teams, and a post-game autograph session.