06/15/2015 8:36 AM
Over the past season, the Brampton Beast have been heavily involved in a number of community and charity events in the Peel Region. These worthwhile endeavours allow the Beast to integrate deeply with their community, connecting Bramptonian’s with the professional athletes who represent their city in a meaningful, lasting way. Here is a summary of the Beast in the community this season:
MS Society Event:
The Brampton Beast Hockey Club and Kelsey’s Restaurant partnered up on March 18th to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. The team brought out captain Cal Wild, Jason Pitton, Dalton Thrower and Dean Willmott as celebrity servers at the Kelsey’s Bovaird location. The team also provided silent auction items and other interactive games to help raise funds for the cause. During the evening, the players collected receipts from customers with all tax dollars on those receipts also going towards the MS Society of Canada for a total of $1500.
Ovarian Cancer Canada Fundraiser/ Donati’s Points for Cancer:
The Brampton Beast held a Thanksgiving Feast to support Ovarian Cancer Canada on Oct 6th, 2014, a cause extremely close to the hearts of Beast brothers Justin and Tyler Donati. Hosted by a local restaurant, fans came out and purchased Thanksgiving food dishes for $10 with all proceeds going to Ovarian Cancer Canada. The team also conducted a silent auction, raising $1500 dollars during the 2-hour event.
This was in addition to the Donati’s Points for Cancer campaign, which the brothers resumed this year as another avenue to support Ovarian Cancer Canada. Through different initiatives the program was able to raise $1260 for the group during the course of the season.
Cal’s Pals Community Outreach Program:
The Cal’s Pals program is community outreach program ran by Brampton Beast captain Cal Wild. This year the program was able to generate funds for the following charities:
$300- Kerry’s Place
$500- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
$400- Children’s Wish
$400- Chinguacousy Wellspring Cancer Support Centre
$400- Special Olympics
Additionally the team held special events and game nights with different charities.
Moss Park Hockey League “Jersey Toss” Equipment Drive:
On Thursday Feb 5th 2015 the Brampton Beast held a unique initiative that helped collect used/unused hockey equipment for the Moss Park Hockey League (MPHL). The MPHL allows Toronto youth from a wide variety of different backgrounds to play organized hockey free of cost. After the Beast’s first goal that night fans tossed their old jerseys/equipment onto the ice, which was collected and donated to MPHL.
Pitton’s Points for Pounds:
Beast assistant captain Jason Pitton ran a season-long food drive to help fight hunger in the Peel Region. Pitton donated non-perishable food items for every point he scored, and encouraged fans to contribute by bringing food items to Beast home games. The response was overwhelming. Thanks to the help of Beast fans, Jason has made three considerable donations to local food banks and has also helped with numerous breakfast programs.
Stick it to Cancer Walk/ Wellspring Chinguacousy Fundraiser:
Prior to the game on April 11th the team hosted its inaugural Stick it to Cancer Walk in order to spread awareness and raise funds for the Wellspring Chinguacousy Cancer Support Centre. Fans joined Beast staff for a day of fun including a walk around the Powerade Centre, outdoor BBQ and Beast game. By the end of the event, Beast players, staff and fans together with the help of the Cal’s Pals Program raised over $4000 for the Cancer Support Centre.
William Osler Foundation Fundraiser:
The Brampton Beast raised $1300 for the William Osler Foundation during the Foundation’s night at a Brampton Beast game.
Regeneration Community Outreach Program Donation:
The Beast ran a fundraiser for the Regeneration Community Outreach Program, a non-for profit that focuses on helping the homeless directly in the Peel Region. During the event the Beast were able to raise $500 for the program.
Girl Guides/ Scouts:
Through the Brampton Beast Sleepover program, Girl Guides were able to raise $3000 for their organization
Skating and Stories:
In conjunction with the Brampton Library, the Beast ran a Skating and Stories Program that promoted literacy and personal wellness to middle school students. The program consisted of a free skate with the players followed by reading stories.
Brampton Beast Toys for Tots:
The Beast hosted Toys for Tots night in a partnership with the Peel Regional Police to collect toys for those less fortunate in the community. At the end of the game the toys were donated to numerous charities for the Christmas season.
Brampton Beast Teddy Bear Toss:
With the help of Canadian Tire, the Brampton Beast hosted a teddy bear toss where fans brought in teddy bears that were donated to Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Program.
Companies that Care Program:
Different corporate partners purchase tickets to give opportunities to those who may not be able to afford going to games otherwise. The Beast then distribute these tickets to our community partners.
We look forward to another great season of giveaways, promotions and charity work with all of our fans beginning in Brampton on October 23, 2015 at 7:15 pm against the Adirondack Thunder. To find the full Beast schedule or to order tickets, please visit www.bramptonbeast.com or call 905-564-1684.