First-ever edition of the Centraide Cup - Saputo is the big winner

MONTREAL, Sept. 29, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Saputo won the first edition of the Centraide Cup charity tournament today after hard-fought rounds of exciting soccer matches between 25 major companies from the Montreal business sector. The $250,000 raised from the competition will go to Centraide's cause and the fight against poverty and social exclusion.

The teams that faced off in the final were Saputo and Aon Hewitt, with a score of 3 to 1.

The other companies that competed were: Laurentian Bank, National Bank, Scotiabank, BMO Financial Group, Bombardier, CIBC, Desjardins, Dessau, Ferreira Café, SNC-Lavalin, Hydro-Québec, Industrial Alliance, Intact Insurance, The Jean Coutu Group, Pharmascience, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Québecor/TVA Sports, RBC Royal Bank, Rolls-Royce Canada, Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche, Sobeys, Standard Life and TD Canada Trust.

The money raised from the soccer tournament will go towards Centraide's 2012 fundraising campaign, which will be officially launched on October 3 at the 21st March of 1,000 Umbrellas. Close to 20,000 people are expected to fill the streets of downtown Montreal for the event. The theme of this year's campaign is "Donating is uplifting."

About the Montreal Impact

The Montreal Impact is the city's professional soccer team. The club came to be in 1993 and now has four teams under its umbrella (pros, Under-21, Under-18 and Under-16), as well as its own sport-etudes program. In second division, the club has won three playoff championships (1994, 2004 and 2009), five regular season titles (1995, 1996, 1997, 2005 and 2006), one Canadian Championship (2008) and took part in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League. The Impact has since joined the most prestigious league in North America: Major League Soccer.

About Centraide of Greater Montreal

Centraide of Greater Montreal is an independent organization managed by a board of directors that is representative of the community. Over half a million disadvantaged people receive help and comfort on a daily basis from the 370 community agencies and projects supported by Centraide. Its vast network includes over 80,000 volunteers, including 57,000 in the community sector. For more information about Centraide of Greater Montreal or to make a donation:


For further information:

Annick Gagnon
Phone: 514-288-1261, extension 242
Cell: 514-705-7350

René Bouffard
Phone: 514-288-1261, extension 237
Cell: 514-816-6794

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