The Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. Pro-Am Hockey Tournament
Supporting those impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias in Calgary and the surrounding area.
Current estimates suggest that over 40,000 people in Alberta currently suffer from some form of dementia; and those numbers are expected to grow. In order to provide care to that growing population, the Statesman Group has committed to development of a state-of-the-art care community called The Manor Village at Fish Creek.
We have allocated 3,500 square feet of free space, within the main floor of our new facility, to host the Gordie Howe Centre for Alzheimer’s Research and Education Society (Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S.). This amazing Center will host a large educational theater to train care providers in effective supportive care for seniors; a research area supported through the Hotchkiss Brain Institute; as well as an adult day support program.
These initiatives will collectively support those impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias in Calgary and the surrounding area. Opening of the Center is projected to be in the fall of 2016. The initiative will be focused on Calgary and the surrounding area.
The Manor Village at Fish Creek will have both Independent and Assisted Living, in addition to specialized Memory Care neighborhoods. C.A.R.E.S. will provide much needed educational and research opportunities, as well as a dementia day support program offered to the public.
In order to fund this not-for-profit society, Statesman Group has entered a team in this year’s Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. Pro-Am Hockey Tournament, which will be held on April 8th-9th, 2017. This tournament is designed to generate significant funding, with its 24 teams; with all proceeds directed towards the design, development, and operations for Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S.
However, in order to meet our fundraising goals and truly make an impact on the level of support those suffering from dementia, we need your help. While Statesman is sponsoring our team with a donation of $25,000, we need your help to reach our fundraising goal of $120,000 in support of this worthwhile cause. Your donation will be eligible for a tax receipt and would be deeply appreciated.
Many of you have been affected by dementia either directly or indirectly. Let’s work together, help fight dementia and build our community up by participating in this wonderful cause.
Thank you for your generosity.
WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park
88 Canada Olympic Road SW
Calgary, AB T3B 5R5
April 17 – 19th, 2015
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Dementia and Alzheimer’s Awareness
“We really want to try and reduce the stigma of Dementia,” tournament chair Allan Klassen said. “Dementia and Alzheimer’s and many of these brain-orientated diseases are not spoken enough and not talked about enough. It’s almost a dirty word.
“We have to let people know it’s OK to talk about dementia. It’s OK to talk about Alzheimer’s. It’s OK to ask for help. Fifty percent of caregivers die before the actual patient because it’s so trying. This is a big disease and it’s not going away.”
The hockey tournament, April 17-19 at Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, requires teams raise a minimum of $25,000 and more than two-dozen former NHLers, including the likes of Lanny McDonald, Joseph Nieuwendyk, Gary Roberts, Curtis Joseph, Wendel Clark and Theoren Fleury, will be drafted onto those clubs.
“This event is different because there’s actual brick and motor,” said Marty McSorley, who won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers and participated in the first four events in Calgary. “We know when we leave here, we’re leaving a footprint. It’s not just saying, ‘We raised X-amount of dollars and will do great things with it.”
- The tournament in Calgary has raised nearly $1.5 million in four years.
- The centre will help care for patients as well as aid families in coping.