For the second consecutive year, the Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock event is contributing $190,000 to two Central Alberta charities.
The Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer will share the proceeds.
The 2018 event, which was co-sponsored by ATB and the Calgary Flames Foundation, was hosted Aug. 23 and 24, and included a sponsor-only poker tournament and the charity rodeo.
In total, over the seven years of the Roughstock event, more than $1.6 million has been raised.
Curtis Glencross was joined by several event organizers on Friday at Ronald McDonald House to present cheques to the event beneficiaries.
“For the past seven years, the Charity Roughstock event has benefitted from the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers, and from the generosity of supporters and sponsors who return each year to enjoy the event and the camaraderie that goes with it,” said Glencross.
The funds delivered to the Ronald McDonald House go toward serving families, keeping the house operational – and ensuring that there are rooms available whenever they are needed.
“This significant donation benefits every single family who will need the Ronald McDonald House this year,” said Jason Evanson, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta.
“Their support over the past seven years translates to over 4,700 nights of comfort for families – their impact on Albertans facing serious childhood illness or injury is profound. The Glencross family, and their friends, are lifelines for the families of the Ronald McDonald House.”
For the Hockey Alberta Foundation and Hockey Alberta, the funding goes to the Every Kid Every Community program. It has a goal of ensuring a pathway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport.
“Each year for the past seven years, it has been a privilege to work with Curtis, his family and the organizing committee for this event,” said Tim Leer, executive director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation.