REALTORS® Lace Up with Hockey Legends to Help End Homelessness
London, ON – The 3rd Annual Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHH) event was a great success raising an estimated $112,000 for local charities. Several Sutton sales associates, brokers and staff played hockey, volunteered and helped to organize the May 7th event. Alex Sworik, Michael Legg, Wayne Gibson and Bruce Sworik (pictured left) from Sutton Group - Select Realty Inc.* were on the London St. Thomas Association of Realtors (LSTAR) team, which raised $7,775 for this great Canadian fundraiser.
Proceeds benefit the Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre, Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and Youth Opportunities Unlimited.
Broker of Record Bruce Sworik has been involved in this fundraiser from the beginning. Not only is it an incredible experience to be on the ice with former Olympic and NHL players, Bruce appreciates the direct, positive impact on people’s lives. More than 250,000 Canadians access homeless emergency services or sleep outside in a given year and, on a regular basis, 30,000 people in this country are homeless each night.
Funds raised through the HHH fantasy hockey tournaments stay in the local community to provide immediate relief through shelters and survival kits as well as longer-term solutions such as return-to-work training programs.
“On our team this year, we had a man who used the services of one of these charities when he was in his teens, then again after he had been incarcerated for several years,” says Bruce.
“He told me that not only had they saved his life once, but twice, and today he is a working and contributing member of society with a job, girlfriend and a great life. Hockey Helps the Homeless raises thousands and makes for many winners!”
Currently, 10 communities from Vancouver to Montreal host HHH tournaments.
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