MasterCard Priceless Hockey Auction: $39,000 Raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada



    Canadians bid for Tickets to a Stanley Cup(TM) Final Game,
    Golf Day with Bobby Orr and Private Box at the Air Canada Centre

    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - How much would you pay for a skills session with
an NHL(R) hockey player or a chance to play golf with Bobby Orr at the
Canadian Open? Bidding at the MasterCard Priceless Hockey Auction is now
closed and Canada has raised over $19,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Canada. MasterCard Canada has matched all bids, donating more than $19,000,
bringing the total donation to over $39,000.
    "MasterCard Canada is proud Canadians opened their wallets for a chance
to win priceless hockey memorabilia and experiences," said Tammy Scott, Vice
President, Brand Marketing, MasterCard Canada. "Celebrating Canada's favourite
past time helped raise the bids - and money - for Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Canada."
    The MasterCard priceless hockey auction included 10 priceless hockey
experiences and memorabilia that were available for auction at
eBay.ca/priceless. All proceeds raised will be donated to Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Canada:

    
    1.  One pair of tickets to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup(TM) Final;

    2.  Exclusive Hockey Hall of Fame package - eight tickets to a backstage
        tour of the Hockey Hall of Fame including a private viewing and photo
        opportunity with the Stanley Cup(TM);

    3.  NHL executive for the day - tour of the downtown Toronto NHL
        headquarters, dinner with an NHL(R) executive and tickets to watch
        the game from NHL(R) exclusive seats;

    4.  Skills Session with an NHL(R) Player - on ice practice session and
        drills with an NHL player, pose for pictures and private question and
        answer period;

    5.  Vintage autographed Captains Jerseys - Six vintage jerseys: Toronto
        Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames,
        Vancouver Canucks, and Edmonton Oilers, signed by the 2006-2007
        captains of each team;

    6.  Backstage with CBC's Hockey Night in Canada - VIP tour for you and a
        friend to the Hockey Night in Canada studio in Toronto, including a
        visit to the production truck, booth and studio. Mingle with crew
        members and receive an autographed jersey from hockey icons Ron and
        Don;

    7.  Private Box at the Air Canada Centre - 12 tickets to a suite for a
        2007/2008 NHL(R) season game, complete with catering;

    8.  MasterCard Memorial Cup Tickets & Backstage Tour - Four tickets to
        the 2007 MasterCard Memorial Cup Final game in Vancouver and
        backstage tour of the Pacific Coliseum;

    9.  Ultimate NHL(R) Fan Experience - Two red club seats at a Leaf game,
        dinner package, backstage arena tour prior to the game, and signed
        hockey jersey;

    10. Golf Day with Bobby Orr at The Canadian Open - You and a friend play
        golf with Bobby Orr and a PGA Tour professional at the Canadian Open
        on July 25 in Markham, Ontario, also includes lunch with Bobby after
        the game.
    

    For full prizing details, please visit www.mastercard.ca.
    "Thank you to our friends at MasterCard Canada for their creativity and
generosity - we're thrilled that the Priceless Hockey Auction was so well
received by Canada," said Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Canada. "And here's to everyone who stepped forward with a bid to
raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada."

    About MasterCard Worldwide

    MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical
economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and
merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard
develops and markets payment solutions, processes over 16 billion transactions
each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to
financial institution customers and merchants. Through its family of brands,
including MasterCard(R), Maestro(R) and Cirrus(R), MasterCard serves consumers
and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more
information go to http://www.mastercard.com.





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