Submitted. The Abbotsford Heat and the Abbotsford Heat Foundation are pleased to announce the 2013 Heat Foundation grant presentations. In 2013, the Heat Foundation will be granting $50,000 to 12 local charities. Over the past three seasons, the Abbotsford Heat Foundation has granted more than $100,000 to organizations in the Fraser Valley, and the Abbotsford Heat have raised more than $300,000 for local charities and minor hockey groups during this same time period.
The objective of the Abbotsford Heat Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the under-17 age group of the Fraser Valley. Our Foundation achieves this goal by supporting grassroots sport organizations, funding projects that improve health, education and fitness as well as advocating and supporting programs that repress risk related behaviour. The Heat Foundation operates under the following mission:
• To improve children and youth’s health/wellness, education and fitness.
• To develop amateur and grassroots sports
• To repress risk related behaviour such as drug use, gang involvement and crime
In addition to these grants, the Abbotsford Heat Foundation and the Abbotsford Heat have also supported several local organizations through 50/50 sales, raising $93,910 through the 50/50 program during the 2012-13 season. The Heat utilizes their Fundraiser ticket program, allowing local non-profits to sell Heat tickets and retain a portion of the revenues as a fundraising opportunity. During the 2012/13 season, this program generated more than $65,000 for local non-profits. For information on the Abbotsford Heat, the Fundraiser ticket program, or our 50/50 please call 1-877-452-HEAT (4328).
All organizations that fall within the pillars of the Foundation were invited to apply in the 2012-13 granting cycle and the following 12 groups received grants this season.
- Canadian Rope Skipping Federation
- Fraser Valley Autism Society
- Ann Davis Transition Society
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley
- Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association
- Matthew’s House
- Abbotsford Restorative Justice Advocacy Association
- Cyrus Centre
- KidSport Abbotsford
- CNIB/BCYukon Division
- Abbotsford Youth Commission
- Abbotsford Youth Health Centre
The Abbotsford Heat Foundation Grant Presentations will be made from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 18, at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, CJB Lounge.
The Heat Foundation Board consists of: Judy Sweeting (Chairperson), Gerri Charles, Brian Loughlin, Gord Holloway, Jay Teichroeb, David Lane, Dennis Geiesbrecht, and Fred Strumpski.