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Feb 27, 2014

CN Roger's House Telethon raises $114,227 for the children and families of the pediatric palliative care facility.

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation) raised more than $114,227 tonight at the 10th annual CN Roger’s House Telethon on Sportsnet. The community demonstrated its support for the children and families who turn to the region’s pediatric palliative care residence with donations to the telethon by mobile, online and phone pledges. These funds represent a portion of the $750,000 per year the Ottawa Senators Foundation provides to Roger’s House for operations, capital, endowments and special projects.

One of the main donors to the broadcast, which took place one hour prior to and during the game against the Detroit Red Wings, was Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, who pledged to match contributions made during Ottawa Senators (@Senators) power plays throughout the game up to a total of $10,000.

“The Senators organization and our Foundation began a journey more than 10 years ago to help construct and provide financial assistance to Roger’s House,” said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “Today, Roger’s House stands as one of Ottawa’s proudest achievements and serves to remind us that every child’s life deserves to be surrounded by love, compassion and the warmth of an entire community.”

Corporate donors and sponsors such as CN, Sportsnet, Ernst & Young, Pizza Pizza and PwC helped push the total over the $100,000 mark. CN has been the title sponsor of the telethon for the last five years, contributing over $240,000 in that time.

“CN feels strongly about supporting the communities in which our employees work and live,” said David Miller, assistant vice-president Government Relations, CN. “Supporting a facility like Roger’s House and the children and families who rely on it was an easy decision for us because of the impact they have on the children and families with whom they are involved.”

“Tonight, donors, sponsors, volunteers and fans showed just how important Roger’s House is to this community, the support we received was truly incredible,” said Ottawa Senators Foundation president Danielle Robinson. “On behalf of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and Roger’s House, thank you to everyone who made a contribution. They should be proud of the difference they are making for the hundreds of kids who call Roger’s House their home-away-from-home.”

The CN Roger’s House Telethon on Sportsnet is one of the key events co-ordinated by the Ottawa Senators Foundation to raise funds for the pediatric palliative care facility. Through these events, in addition to donations, the Ottawa Senators Foundation provides Roger’s House with 30 per cent of its operating budget, plus additional funds for patients from Quebec, capital improvements, research and endowments.

Donations can still be mailed to the Sens Foundation at 1000 Palladium Dr., Ottawa, K2V 1A5, made online at www.sensfoundation.com or phoned in at 613-599-0323.