Major donor comes through for YYC4Haiti

January 22nd, 20109:39 am @ that_angela

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CALGARY—YYC4Haiti is very pleased to announce a major donor will be providing a $15,000 grand prize for the team’s fundraiser at Flames Central on Thursday, January 28.

Strategic Group of Calgary has donated a generous destination package to beautiful Kelowna, B.C., this spring.

The prize includes:

  • Four days and four nights at the Okanagan Delta Grand Royal Private Residence Club,
    May 6-9, 2010 – coinciding with Okanagan Wine Festival
  • 3,000-sq-ft waterfront villa
  • Suite sleeps six comfortably – all rooms have king-size beds and views of the waterfront
  • Kitchen, dining room and all amenities of home
  • Brunch for up to six people at the Grand Bay Cafe
  • Return flight for two to Kelowna, via WestJet

Strategic Group is one of Alberta’s largest private owners and developers of commercial real estate. The company owns 71 properties which equal approximately 4.5 million sq. ft. of space, including office buildings, shopping centres, industrial facilities, residential units and development projects.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed by Strategic Group’s generosity,” said Camilla Di Giuseppe, who leads the YYC4Haiti team with Alex Ruiz and Angela MacIsaac.

“So many people are coming forward with donations in the form of door prizes and items for raffle and auction. This prize is the piece de resistance for our event.”

All proceeds from YYCHaiti – a night watching the Calgary Flames-Phoenix Coyotes on Pay Per View at Flames Central – will be donated to Canadian Red Cross Haiti Relief.

The destination package will be available through a big-ticket raffle with a second prize of two return tickets anywhere WestJet flies and a third prize of a Calgary Flames jersey, signed by the entire team. Three individually autographed Flames jerseys, along with other autographed NHL jerseys, will be available through live auction.

“The donations have been rolling in fast and furious,” said MacIsaac. “Businesses and individuals are sending us their donations from as far away as Ottawa and the United States. We received a Tweet from Canadian rock legend Ra MaGuire of Trooper who is coordinating a prize on behalf of the band.”

The entire effort has been coordinated via social-media platforms. To date, the Twitter account, @yyc4haiti, has attracted 201 followers, the Facebook page has 425 fans and, last but most importantly, the Facebook event page has 228 confirmed guests for YYC4Haiti.

“These social-media tools have given us an amazing ability to connect with people, not only to get them interested in attending the event, but also in volunteering their time and donating to the cause,” said Ruiz.

“We are so excited to see everyone out at Flames Central and we are thrilled with the support we have received to date.”

Contact Information

YYC4Haiti.com

Alex Ruiz: (403)519-4308; alex@calixmedia.com; Twitter: @alex_ruiz

Camilla Di Giuseppe: (403)589-8506; Camilla.digiuseppe@ctv.ca; Twitter: @C_DIG

Angela MacIsaac: (403)466-3574; angela.macisaac@gmail.com; Twitter: @that_angela