The Vancouver Canucks have helped raise $1 million for flood relief efforts in Abbotsford and B.C. (Canucks photo)

The Vancouver Canucks have helped raise $1 million for flood relief efforts in Abbotsford and B.C. (Canucks photo)

Vancouver Canucks raise $1 million for flood efforts in Abbotsford and B.C.

National Hockey League team held special 50/50 draws at recent home stand to raise money

Canucks Sports and Entertainment and the Canucks for Kids Fund announced on Tuesday (Nov. 23) that $1 million has been raised in support of flood relief efforts in Abbotsford, the Fraser Valley, and throughout British Columbia through three special 50/50 raffles during the team’s latest home stand in Vancouver from Nov. 17 to 21.

The three raffles exceeded more than $1.8 million in total jackpots, with over $917,000 going directly to flood relief efforts in the province. The remainder of the funds needed to reach the $1 million mark was donated by the CFKF.

The Canucks first announced last week that all proceeds from their three-game home stand would be dedicated to flood relief efforts throughout B.C., and on Friday (Nov. 19) extended the selling windows for the final two games to help with fundraising efforts for those who have been most impacted by recent extreme weather and flooding in the province.

The beneficiaries of the $1 million will be announced in the coming days, as the CFKF works to identify which agencies are supporting the greatest areas of need.

“We are very proud of the collective efforts and contributions of all fans who purchased tickets during the past three games, as we surpassed our $500,000 jackpot goal on each of the last two occasions,” stated Paolo Aquilini, president of the CFKF. “Thanks to the extraordinary support from the community, we are delighted to be able to donate the remainder of the proceeds required to raise a total of $1 million towards flood relief for our neighbours who need it the most.”

The Abbotsford Canucks return to action on Friday (Nov. 26) when they travel to Arizona to take on the Tucson Roadrunners. The two teams battle again on Saturday (Nov. 27). The next home game for the American Hockey League club occurs on Nov. 30 when the Ontario Reign come to Abbotsford.

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