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$11,000 raised for the 2020 Virtual Teddy & Toque Toss

The Prince George Cougars are excited to announce that $11,000 was raised for the 2020 Virtual Teddy & Toque Toss, in support of The Salvation Army.

The Teddy & Toque Toss has been a long-standing tradition in the community and one of the most anticipated events during the Prince George Cougars season. The event was shifted online this year due to the ongoing pandemic and the response was overwhelming. The campaign goal of $5,000 was eclipsed in just a matter of days, and it didn’t take long for the campaign to double the original fundraising target.

“It’s been an honour to partner with The Salvation Army for so many years and we were blown away by the response of our fans, local businesses, and the community to help combat the unprecedented challenges so many are facing during this pandemic,” said Cougars’ Vice President, Business Andy Beesley. “We were so disheartened about having to cancel our annual Teddy & Toque Toss, but the response from the community has been so humbling. We’re grateful that with our partners we found a way to raise a significant amount of money that will go a long way in helping families in need in our community.”

The $11,000 will go towards The Salvation Army Food Bank, which serves over 1,000 families in our community per month.

“Once again, the Prince George Cougars have demonstrated their commitment to support their community,” said Major Neil Wilkinson of The Salvation Army. “The Salvation Army is grateful for the enduring partnership to ensure that the most vulnerable children in Prince George had a great Christmas and the support that is needed throughout the entire year.”

For more information on The Salvation Army and the services they offer, visit their website www.sapg.ca

About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Prince George has been actively serving the community since May 1921; the organization is preparing to celebrate 100 years of service in Prince George next spring. Over the years, The Salvation Army has provided food banks, recycling and thrift stores, emergency disaster response, addiction recovery, emotional and spiritual care, personal needs, and church services. By mandate, The Salvation Army endeavours to meet needs in the community and strives to fulfill that mandate by continuously adapting. Currently, Salvation Army social needs are facilitated at 3500 18th Avenue and spiritual ministries at 777 Ospika Blvd. South.

About the Prince George Cougars

The Prince George Cougars have been a proud member of the Western Hockey League since 1994. The Cougars play out of the CN Centre, a 5,971-seat multipurpose arena that opened in 1995.The Cougars are owned by EDGEPRo Sports & Entertainment Ltd. The ownership group bought the Cougars in 2014 and the group consists of former Cougars Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer and local businessmen Ernest Ouellet, John Pateman, Greg Pocock and Raymond Fortier.

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