Funds raised through North America's largest charity hockey series support leading research to prevent and cure Alzheimer's disease, optimize diagnoses and improve treatment for patients in the community and across Quebec.
MONTREAL, Jan. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - Scotiabank expands support for the fight against Alzheimer's disease into Quebec through title sponsorship of the Pro-Am for Alzheimer'sTM benefiting the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. Funds raised through North America's largest charity hockey series support leading research to prevent and cure Alzheimer's disease, optimize diagnoses and improve treatment for patients in the community and across Quebec.
"We are proud to announce Scotiabank as the title sponsor for our inaugural Pro-Am for Alzheimer's benefiting the Jewish General Hospital and we are most impressed by their commitment in supporting this critically important cause," said Myer Bick, President and CEO of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation.
"It is estimated that 125,000 Quebecers and 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer's or a related disease. The Jewish General Hospital is a leader in dementia research and care and has the strongest and most active geriatric medicine department in any Quebec hospital. Sponsorship funds provided by Scotiabank allow dollars raised by Pro-Am participants to support leading research to prevent and cure Alzheimer's disease, and to optimize diagnoses and treatment for individuals in the community and across Quebec," Bick added.
The Banque Scotia Pro-Am for Alzheimer's is a two-day hockey tournament, which offers everyday hockey fans and hundreds of participants the opportunity to lace up their skates and team up with some of hockey's greatest players. The team draft and round-robin tournament draws legendary NHL alumni along with hockey enthusiasts of all skill levels.
"Scotiabank has been the title sponsor of the Toronto Pro-Am since 2008 and since then our customers, employees and their friends and family have raised over $2.7 million for Alzheimer's research, innovation, education and care," said Carole Chapdelaine, Senior Vice President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region at Scotiabank.
"We are honoured to become the national title sponsor and to extend our support to include the 2016 event in Montreal. Many Canadian families are touched by Alzheimer's disease and Scotiabank is proud to assist in raising funds to help patients and their families who are living with the disease," Chapdelaine added.
The Banque Scotia Pro-Am for Alzheimer's will begin June 2, 2016 at the site of the old Montreal Forum, with a draft night where the top fundraising teams will get first pick of former NHL players to join their team. The two-day hockey tournament will be held June 3 to 4 at Les 4 Glaces, Brossard, where participants will play three games. Additionally, the two highest fundraising teams will compete in the Championship Game and the top 20 individual fundraisers and alumni will play in the All Star Game.
"Fifteen years ago my father, Max, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at the early age of 57," said Scott Broady, a first-time Pro-Am participant from Beaconsfield, Quebec.
"Since then, our family has helped raise money and awareness to support those currently battling the disease. Hopefully, research can continue that will lead to improvements in Alzheimer's care for future generations. I am pleased to hear that Scotiabank has expanded their support to Montreal and I look forward to playing in the Pro-Am as I'm a huge hockey fan and this is a cause that is very close to my heart," Broady added.
Guy Carbonneau, Paul Coffey, Denis Savard, Chris Nilan, Hal Gill and Marty McSorley are among the growing list of NHL alumni who are set to participate in the inaugural Montreal tournament in June.
"We invite the multitude of Quebec's hockey enthusiasts to join us in June and encourage everyone to register today by visiting www.alzheimersproam.ca or by calling 1-844-33-PROAM," Bick added.
To register, donate or request information about the Banque Scotia Pro-Am for Alzheimer's visit www.alzheimersproam.ca or call 1-844-33-PROAM (1-844-337-7626).
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