Brandt major sponsor and host of event
REGINA, July 22, 2014 /CNW/ - The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan was the star of A Night to Remember, a fundraising event that raised more than $1 million: $962,000+ of which was donated to The Alzheimer Society and $100,000 to Football Saskatchewan. The Brandt Group of Companies (Brandt) was a major sponsor of the event which took place on July 18, 2014. The company contributed $257,900 as well as hosted the event. Saskatchewan premier, Brad Wall, emceed the evening, which supported a cause close to his heart. Wall's grandfather died of Alzheimer's and he recognizes that the disease has touched countless lives in the province.
"We're honoured to have hosted this great event and even more pleased with the result of over $1 million being raised to support these two worthy charities," said Shaun Semple, president of the Brandt Group of Companies. "This money will go a long way to further Alzheimer's research in our province and improve the life of people with dementia and their families."
Brandt's contribution to the event was made as part of it's Thanks a Billion program. Since the program began, Brandt has donated more than $9 million dollars which includes donations to more than 195 charitable initiatives in 92 communities.
The event consisted of an auction, dinner and performances by top country acts including George Canyon and Blue Rodeo. The truly unique item at the auction was a custom Saskatchewan Roughriders themed 1968 Shelby GT500 Mustang convertible. This ultimate piece of Rider memorabilia was customized specially for the event and was signed live by four Rider greats: George Reed, Roger Aldag, Gene Makowsky and Chris Getzlaf. The Mustang commemorates the four Saskatchewan Roughriders Grey Cup championship teams. The tribute car alone raised approximately $200,000.
"We're so thankful to Brandt and all the sponsors who made this event possible, and we're humbled by the generosity of those who stepped up to create such an incredible event," said Joanne Bracken, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan. "Efforts like this make a huge difference to provide hope for a cure and to provide necessary support for those currently living with the disease."
Other sponsors of the event include Rawlco, Agrium, Broda Construction, McIntyre Foundation, Mosaic, Advance Collision, Phoenix Group, Ford, Drummond Group of Companies, Victoria Jewellers, Enbridge and more.
Image with caption: "Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan accepts a cheque for $962,451. Pictured left to right: Darrell Mousseau, PhD (University of Sask), Premier Brad Wall, Kathleen Defoe (Alzheimer Society), Joanne Bracken (Alzheimer Society), Shaun Semple (President, Brandt Group of Companies) (CNW Group/Brandt Group of Companies)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140722_C1935_PHOTO_EN_4441.jpg
SOURCE: Brandt Group of Companies
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