The Prince George Cougars Society presented the BC Major Midget League’s Cariboo Cougars with a $25,000 donation on Thursday.
“Our organization is incredibly proud to be a major contributor to our community as we put all of our fundraising effort back into helping local agencies and non-profit groups, said Cougars’ Vice President, Business Andy Beesley. “The Cariboo Cougars are a great development program here in Northern B.C. and we look forward to continuing to support them in the years to come.”
Over the past five years, the Cougars Society has donated over $150,000 to the Cariboo Cougars. The donations go to helping with operating costs, including primarily funding their annual trip to the Mac’s Midget AAA World Invitational Tournament in Calgary, AB.
The two organizations have a strong relationship in development also, as Brett Connolly, Brogan O’Brien and Chaste Witala are just a few who have graduated the Cariboo Cougars program and have gone onto play for the Cougars in the Western Hockey League. Current forwards Josh Maser and Reid Perepeluk both graduated from the Cariboo Cougars program. Prince George had three prospects on the Cariboo roster this past season in John Herrington, Matthew Magrath and Fischer O’Brien.
In the last four years the Prince George Cougars Society has donated in excess of $631,000 to various local charities and community groups.