CIBC Hockey Tournament raises record-breaking amount for United Way
On Sunday, December 11, 2011, more than 250 CIBC employees and 14 hockey teams took part in the 8th annual CIBC United Way Hockey Tournament. Held at the Canlan Ice Sports arena at York University, this year’s tournament was the most successful to date, raising a record-breaking $273,000.
The CIBC Hockey Tournament has, to date, raised a grand total of $807,000 for our communities since its start in 2004. This fun and friendly competitive event is a popular draw for employees, who often bring their friends and family members along to cheer on the teams.
According to Brian Keane, Senior Director, Finance and Chair of the CIBC United Way Hockey Tournament, the event is a great way to raise money for United Way while bringing people together to play Canada’s sport.
With approximately 210 male and female employees, 35 volunteers and friends and family members taking to the ice, everyone got into the spirit of the game. In addition to the game action, there was also a family room for children of CIBC employees to enjoy with face painting, a magician and even Santa.
“It was a great day for everyone,” says Brian. “Even the kids had big smiles on their painted faces.”
“This tournament has really grown since its early days when only eight teams participated and raised $28,000,” he adds. “To see us break the $800,000 mark — through the commitment and passion of our employees, and through the support of our Senior Executive team — is outstanding. I can’t thank everyone enough for their efforts.”
The CIBC Hockey Tournament is just one event in a strong collective effort from CIBC staff across Canada. CIBC employees are aiming to raise $7.9-million nationally this year for United Ways and the communities they serve across our country.
“We see this hockey tournament as a great way to show how CIBC employees come together in support of our community,” says Gerry McCaughey, President and CEO, CIBC.
“It’s about teamwork and what better way to demonstrate that than through the spirit of this hockey tradition. Congratulations to all involved.”
Thank you to everyone at CIBC who helped make this successful event happen in support of United Way.