Molson/Eva’s Road Hockey Challenge 2009

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Molson - Phoenix Road Hockey Challenge 09

Team Molson and Team Eva’s

Donation + Fall Clean Up + Road Hockey Challenge + BBQ = community relations at its best.  Last Thursday, 15 Molson Coors Volunteers spent the afternoon volunteering at Eva’s Initiatives in Toronto – a charitable organization that works with homeless and at-risk youth to get them off the streets permanently. Eva’s operates three shelters in the Greater Toronto Area that house 122 youth each night.

The Molson Donations Fund (MDF) has been a strong supporter of Eva’s Initiatives for many years.  MDF focuses its giving to programs that encourage healthy communities through skills improvement and active lifestyles – Molson funds contribute to Eva’s Phoenix Print Shop and Foundations of Print Program (a program that readies youth for their futures by providing them with training in printing and graphics arts).

This year, the relationship between Eva’s and Molson grew with Molson becoming one of the main sponsors of incredibly successful Home For Life auction held in May. The event raised $130,500 for Eva’s!  After this successful event, Melissa Greiner from Eva’s and I kept in contact over months trying to find opportunity for Molson employees to volunteer …..and that’s how the Molson-Eva’s Hockey Challenge was born. A small idea to come tour the facility and present a donation grew and grew until we eventually had a whole afternoon of activities planned.

The hockey equipment was donated by Molson Coors and its employees through an equipment drive leading up to the event which will stay at Eva’s and (hopefully) be used over and over in preparation for the 2010 challenge!  In addition, we’d all like to send special THANKS to Play it Again Sports who so generously donated water bottles, hockey tape, mouth guards, pucks, balls and some goalie equipment.

Thanks to ALL involved…this was an afternoon to remember.

Some photos of the day below – and more pics on our flickr page.  Cheers!

Fall Clean Up at Eva's

First: an hour of fall clean-up activities

Molson - Phoenix Road Hockey Challenge 09

Then:  Let the GAMES begin. There are some serious hockey players here at Molson and their skills were put to the test against the youth and staff from Eva’s Phoenix

Molson - Phoenix Road Hockey Challenge 09

Team Molson!

Molson MVP of the game - Kevin McNeil!

Molson MVP of the game goes to….Kevin McNeil! (left). Presented by Melissa Greiner from Eva’s (middle) and Tim Young (Molson Coors)

5 responses to this entry

  1. Great event and fantastic community cause…..excellent work by Tonia Hammer and Carole Berry to coordinate the efforts. Everyone including the youth and staff at Eva left with a smile…

    Tim Young
  2. The Eva’s Road Hockey Challenge sounds like a bit like “Groupe L’Itinéraire” here in Montreal. Their mission is also to train and help youth at-risk and homeless with training programs, in order to reintegrate the society, and feel they can make a significant difference! Congratulations to all of you – GREAT JOB AND INVESTMENT!
    Monique Dépatie, Community Relations

    Monique
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    Molson employee road hockey challenge with charitable org. Eva’s Initiatives….awesome day. [link to post]

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    MolsonTonia (Tonia Hammer)
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    Molson-Eva’s Hockey Challenge 09….Definitely one of my favourite Molson volunteer events this year (so far!) – [link to post]

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    MolsonTonia (Tonia Hammer)
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    RT @MolsonTonia: Molson employee road hockey challenge with charitable org. Eva’s Initiatives….awesome day. [link to post]

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