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Monday, August 10, 2009

World U17 Challenge Legacy Funds Recipients. Thunder in the Valley A BLAST!

I said it when the legacy fund was announced, and I'll say it again now - this is why Port Alberni deserves to host more events of this calibre. Quite simply, they are a huge success. The U17 Challenge was over long ago, but the legacy will be left behind in the Valley and on the Island for years to come.

2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge announces Legacy Fund recipients

The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Legacy will soon be in the hands of organizations across the central island. Organizers recently completed the evaluation process and will be allocating funds to over 20 regional initiatives ranging from facility improvements to development programs, equipment upgrades, coaching Initiatives, and KidSport contributions. A detailed list is attached.

The Legacy Fund Committee congratulates the successful applicants. “The 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge created many lasting legacies and the committee is excited to support a wide range of projects across the partner communities” said Committee Chair Ron Paulson.

Funds were allocated to the Alberni Valley and the five partner venues – Campbell River, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo and Oceanside. The remaining 30% ($75,000) of the total Legacy available will be distributed through BC Hockey membership programming.

Alberni Valley 35% ($87,500)

Nanaimo 8.75% ($21,880)

Campbell River 6.56% ($16,400)

Comox Valley 6.56% ($16,400)

Oceanside 6.56% ($16,400)

Cowichan Valley 6.56% ($16,400)

The 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge was held December 28, 2008 to January 4, 2009 at the Alberni Valley Multiplex and partner venues across Vancouver Island.

For More Information contact your local Legacy Fund Committee member or:

Stefanie Weber

Media Director

2009 World U17 Hockey Challenge


Ryan Robins

Hockey Canada

Manager, Marketing Services/Events


2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Legacy Fund Recipients

Alberni Valley Minor Hockey/Hockey Canada Skills Academy $42,500

Equipment for off ice training and rink dividers

Coaching resource center

Goalie equipment

Renovated storage facilities

Scholarship/Bursary Program

Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture/Nanaimo Minor Hockey $21,900

Arena upgrades including new board glass, rink divider boards and nets.

Cliff McNabb Arena Score Board and digital clocks

Port Alberni Parks & Recreation $21,500

Facilities improvements for the Alberni Valley Multiplex including automatic door openers, a floor cleaning machine, Penalty box doors, Automatic External Defibrillator, Cordless microphone unit and Skate training aides

Campbell River Minor Hockey Association $16,400

Strathcona Place score clock and lighting upgrade

Cowichan Valley Organizing Committee $16,400

Renovations to the Cowichan Arena, which will include a four-sided score clock and upgrade to the lighting system

Regional District of Nanaimo – Oceanside Parks & Recreation Department $13,250

Oceanside Place Scoreclock replacement

Comox Valley Regional District $11,900

Renovate arena seating area

Alberni Valley Minor Hockey/Female Program $8,000

Equipment lending and Offiiciating Development program

Alberni Valley/Oceanside Minor Hockey Associations $6,000

Joint Female Development Program that focuses on fun, skill development and team building

Port Alberni Kid Sport $5,000

Funding for sport registration fees for under-priviledged youth

Alberni Valley Minor Lacrosse $4,800

Funding for new shot clocks and goalie gear

Comox Valley Regional District $2,500

Automatic External Defibrillator for the Comox Valley Sports Centre

Comox Valley Kid Sport $2,000

Funding for sport registration fees for under-priviledged youth

Oceanside Generals Jr. Hockey Club Parksville $1,000

Trophies and awards for the 2010 Cyclone Taylor Cup Provincial Jr. B Hockey Championship

For Immediate Release …… Alberni Wrestling Thanks Drags and Announces 50/50 Winners

The Alberni Valley Wrestling Club would like to thank the Alberni Valley Drag Race Association for the opportunity to once again contribute to the Thunder in the Valley Drag Races and to raise much needed funds at the event through our very popular 50/50 sales.

Alberni Wrestling have been involved as volunteers in the Thunder in the Valley event for all 9 years of its existence. Over the years Alberni Wrestling has provided help in many areas at the races as we do for many other community events. Currently we provide the labour force for both the set up and takedown of the event as well as the security personel. In return for this significant contribution to the Thunder event the Drag Race Association does not pay Alberni Wrestling but they give us the right to run the 50/50 draws. The proceeds from these 50/50 draws at Thunder in the Valley have become an important part of our yearly fundraising efforts. Clearly this is a win/win scenario for both the Drag Race Association and Alberni Wrestling.

This agreement is also a big winner with the Drag race participants and fans since the Thunder in the Valley 50/50 has become a very popular part of the event. 50/50 sales are always brisk at the drags and the result is large pots being won by extremely happy participants. Where the winners are coming from also shows the popularity of the Thunder in the Valley with visitors from all over BC. This year’s winners were …..

· Saturday 12 pm Draw – Ted Gilbert of Port Alberni

· Saturday 4 pm Draw - Dave Beal of Duncan

· Sunday 12 pm Draw - Kevin Erickson of Duncan

· Sunday 4 pm Draw - Brenda Bentien of Kelowna

All draw prizes were claimed and all proceeds accounted for once again this year.

Alberni Wrestling would like to thank everyone who supported their 50/50 sales again this year. Thank you to all of our fantastic wrestling volunteers and to the Alberni Valley Rescue Squad who provided several volunteers to assist us this year in exchange for part of the proceeds. All other funds go back into programs that support our wrestlers all season long such as equipment, uniforms, entry fees, transportation and other operating expenses. Again a big thank you to Bill Surry and the Drag Race Association for once again trusting that Alberni Wrestling would do a good job for them and giving us this opportunity. Congratulations on another successful event. We look forward to being involved in next year’s 10th anniversary event.

Tom McEvay

Alberni Wrestling

Office: 250-723-3744

Now those are some happy people!

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