WINNIPEG, Nov. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced today that the eleventh edition of the CN Canadiens Alumni Challenge raised $435,000. The proceeds will benefit charitable organizations supported by the CN Employees' and Pensioners' Community Fund (CN Community Fund), notably the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, Winnipeg Harvest, The Dream Factory and Rossbrook House in Winnipeg and the Breakfast Club of Canada.
"It was exciting to drop the puck in Winnipeg for the first time and I want to thank and congratulate our employees and retirees, as well as our business partners, who have given back to the communities in which CN operates through their support of the CN Community Fund, " said Olivier Chouc, CN vice-president, Law, and chairman of the board of the CN Community Fund. "We are very proud to make a significant contribution that will help make a difference for the organizations selected this year,"
The CN Canadiens Alumni Challenge is the CN Community Fund's largest fundraiser. Since its first edition, in 2002, the event has raised more than $3 million for charities across North America.
This year the friendly match was held for the first time outside of Montreal. On Nov. 7 at the MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg, CN's hockey club played against a team of former Montreal Canadiens including Mike Keane, Steve Shutt, Stéphane Richer and Chris Nilan.
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