MONTREAL, Sept. 12, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Centraide of Greater Montreal and the Montreal Impact Foundation are pleased to announce that the 4th annual Centraide Cup raised $375,000. This charity soccer tournament, which is being held on September 12 and 13 at Stade Saputo, opposes 250 employees from 25 companies across the Greater Montreal Area.
The funds raised will be used to support agencies that work with at-risk youth in Montreal, Laval and on the South Shore, where one in five children live in poverty and the school dropout rate can reach almost 40% in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
"Thanks to the generosity of the participating companies, thousands of young people will be able start off life on the right foot, persevere in school, integrate into the community and contribute fully to society," said Lili-Anna Pereša, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal.
"This tournament reaffirms the importance to our organization of giving back to the community as well as our commitment to improving the quality of life for children and their families," added Joey Saputo, President of the Montreal Impact and Honorary Patron of the Montreal Impact Foundation.
In addition to the official tournament, young people from the Boys and Girls Clubs of LaSalle, one of the agencies in Centraide's network, teamed up with well-known personalities from the sports and entertainment world for a soccer skills contest. Participants included singers Corneille and Yann Perreau, Olympic medalists Isabelle Charest and Charles Hamelin, former football player Steve Charbonneau and actor Jason Roy Léveillée.
The companies competing for the Centraide Cup are Aéroports de Montréal, Aon, BMO Financial Group, Bombardier, Boutique Passion Soccer, CAE, CGI, CIBC, Hydro-Québec, iA Financial Group, Jean Coutu Group, Laurentian Bank, Manulife, McKesson Canada, METRO, Morneau Shepell, Mouvement Desjardins, National Bank, Pharmascience, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Saputo, SNC-Lavalin, Sobeys, TD Bank and Xerox Canada.
Since its inception in 2012, the Centraide Cup has raised a total of approximately $1.5 million.
About the Montreal Impact Foundation
The Montreal Impact Foundation's mission is to organize and support activities for the advancement, education and improvement in the quality of life of disadvantaged children and their families. The Foundation's logo was created with its mission in mind: the child-like writing represents the reason for its existence, the children, while the heart symbolizes the energy and love needed to give them hope.
Centraide of Greater Montreal is an independent organization managed by a board of directors that is representative of the community. It serves Laval, Montreal and the South Shore, supporting some 360 community agencies that help one person in seven. About 57,000 volunteers are involved in its network of agencies, and another 22,000 work on its annual campaign. Centraide is supported by some 1,600 private and public sector companies and organizations as well as by large trade unions. Centraide Campaign 2015 will be launched officially on September 29. To give to Centraide, text "don" to 80100.
SOURCE Centraide of Greater Montreal
For further information: Annick Gagnon, Centraide of Greater Montreal, 514 288-1261, ext. 242, firstname.lastname@example.org; Patrick Vallée, Montreal Impact, 514 328-3668, ext. 227, email@example.com