Kelowna, B.C. and Calgary, Alta. – RE/MAX is proud to partner with the Western Hockey League to present “RE/MAX Presents: WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation” – a series of events across WHL markets to promote the importance of organ donation and to generate further support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
During the month of March, nine WHL member Clubs in Canadian markets will play host to their very own themed games, complete with a variety of special promotions for fans in attendance. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a special-edition Don Cherry bobblehead, while other fans will receive a limited-edition Don Cherry trading card, produced by Upper Deck. Fans can also take a selfie with a life-size stand-up cut out of Don Cherry.
“RE/MAX of Western Canada is excited to partner with Don Cherry and the WHL to help promote the importance of organ donation. These themed games will be fun for fans and will help generate support for the Kidney Foundation of Canada,” said Elton Ash, Regional Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Western Canada.
“Thanks to our longstanding WHL sponsor RE/MAX, we are proud to partner with Don Cherry and his family in promoting organ donation and support for local Kidney Foundations,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Our WHL markets in Western Canada provide an ideal venue to promote important causes such as this and we look forward to working with our friends at RE/MAX to raise further awareness of the importance of organ donation.”
On the ice, WHL member Clubs will sport their own unique and specially-designed Don Cherry-themed uniforms. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on the limited-edition jerseys, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to local chapters of the Kidney Foundation. In addition to game-worn uniforms, fans will have the chance to bid on one Don Cherry-autographed jersey in each participating WHL market.
The Kidney Foundation is a cause close to the Cherry family. Don’s son, Tim, received a kidney transplant from his sister Cindy. With close to 4,500 Canadians awaiting organ donation today – 76 per cent whom require a kidney – the Cherry family, RE/MAX and the WHL have come together to create this awareness campaign in support of the Kidney Foundation; who will have a booth at each game to field questions and hand out donation information.
The schedule of the nine upcoming games is as follows:
- Friday, March 2 (Edmonton Oil Kings, Kamloops Blazers)
- Saturday, March 3 (Medicine Hat Tigers, Prince George Cougars, Swift Current Broncos),
- Friday, March 9 (Victoria Royals)
- Saturday, March 10 (Kelowna Rockets, Red Deer Rebels, Saskatoon Blades).
The other eight Canadian WHL markets hosted their themed games in September and October 2017.
About RE/MAX of Western Canada
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 115,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of more than 100 countries and territories. RE/MAX is Canada’s leading real estate organization with more than 21,000 Sales Associates and over 922 independently-owned and operated offices nationwide. RE/MAX, LLC, one of the world’s leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, is a subsidiary of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX). With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $150 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities. For more information about RE/MAX, to search home listings or find an agent in your community, please visit www.remax.ca.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
About The Kidney Foundation
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is a national volunteer organization committed to improving outcomes of people with kidney disease. Since 1964, The Kidney Foundation of Canada has contributed over $115 million to medical research projects to ensure that treatment options and patient results continuously improve.