Hamilton Bulldogs president and governor Glenn Stanford announced Thursday the official launch of the Bulldogs Foundation, which will act as a new charitable arm of the organization in place of the Bulldogs Youth Fund.
The Foundation will provide financial assistance to non-profit groups and support educational and community programs.
“As an organization, we feel it is extremely important to give back to the community,” said Stanford. “Aside from raising significant funds for local charities, the Bulldogs Foundation will allow us to strengthen and broaden the base of our community initiatives already in place.”
The mission of the Bulldogs Foundation is to enrich the lives of children and youth in the Greater Hamilton Area through the assignment of tickets, cash donations and gifts in kind. By doing so, it aims to promote the creative interactive programs involving education, physical fitness and personal well-being. Some of the aforementioned programs include: Read with the ‘Dogs, Agree to Read, Courage to be…ME, Advice from the Ice, Operation Tickets, Pink in the Rink, Holiday Toy Toss, Closest to the Net and Dinner with the ‘Dogs.
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, who was appointed Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal by Premier Dalton McGuinty in June 2005, was selected as the first member of the Bulldogs Foundation Board of Directors.
“I am very proud to be the first member on this very important Board,” said Bountrogianni. “The children and families of Hamilton are fortunate to have such an excellent organization committed to improving our community.”
The Foundation was formed using the unique talents, resources and capabilities of the Hamilton Bulldogs players; families, employees, ownership (shareholders) and NHL affiliate Montreal Canadiens, as well as local corporate and community partners to achieve social and economic gains.