What: To celebrate the legacy of Marit McKenzie, who passed away on Jan. 28, 2013 as a result of a pulmonary embolism, more than 600 students and teachers from Calgary Christian School (CCS) will be participating in the Marit Cup – a students vs. teachers hockey game with the purpose of raising money for the David Foster Foundation, Right to Play, and a CCS scholarship.

Why: Marit’s last gift to the Foundation was to donate her organs for transplant to those in need. Her heart, liver, pancreas, and both kidneys were transplanted in four separate surgeries. In addition, two individuals were given the gift of sight following successful cornea transplants, and tendons and bone tissue were preserved, and will be used for reconstructive surgery at a later date.

When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Best time for media is 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Markin MacPhail Arena, 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary, AB

Schedule of events

  • 10:30 a.m. – Puck Drop & on-ice introduction of dignitaries at Canada Olympic Park, Markin MacPhail Arena
  • 11:55 a.m. – Trophy Presentation

 

Available for Interviews:

  • Allison Jones, David Foster Foundation Board Member.
  • Bruce and Susan McKenzie, Marit’s parents.
  • Jason Kupery, principal, Calgary Christian School.
  • Curtis Kellar & Family. Curtis is a five year old from Calgary who received a heart transplant in September 2014 after more than two years on the wait list. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1KW8HU0-gM

 

Photo and Video Opportunities:

  • 10:30 to 11 a.m. Pre-game ceremonies, including: introduction of Marit’s family, representative from the David Foster Foundation, Curtis Kellar, and ceremonial puck drop
  • 11 a.m. to noon. Two period hockey game, half-time show, and trophy presentation

 

Additional Information:

  • A video covering Marit’s story is available through the Foundation’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/kwOYNEf8g8o
  • Held in March 2013, the first annual Marit Cup raised more than $15,000 for the David Foster Foundation and for scholarships for students in southern Alberta. Last year’s Marit Cup raised $13,000.
  • As part of the graduation requirements at CCS, every grade 12 student completes a senior project and the intention of these projects is for students to give back to the community in a way that fits their passions and interests.
  • For Marit’s senior project, she raised awareness and money for the David Foster Foundation, which helps in providing financial support to Canadian families with children in need of life saving organ transplants.
  • The David Foster Foundation has assisted close to 1,000 Canadian families with children in need of major organ transplants and provided millions of dollars in direct family support for non-medical expenses.
  • The average cost to support one family is $10,000 annually.

 

About the David Foster Foundation

David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold.

Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, Aird & Berlis LLP, Schnitzer, AMJ Campbell Vanlines, Hope Air and Deerfields Clinic families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant.

In 2014, the Slaight Family Foundation, Newton Glassman Foundation in partnership with Catalyst Capital Group Inc., Jim & Sandi Treliving, and Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh, joined the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and TELUS as the Foundation’s $1M Life Legacy members.

The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.

Media contact:

Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-888-8729 (cell) or brian@tartangroup.ca