Kids Up Front Foundation Reaches Milestone of Distributing One Million Tickets to Youth Across Canada
CANADA, 22-Jan-2013 – The combined efforts of Kids Up Front Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Toronto culminated at the end of 2012 with the distribution of the one millionth ticket, an enormous milestone in the history of the Kids Up Front Foundation.
In 1999, Kids Up Front founder, John Dalziel, sat surrounded by empty seats at the Calgary Saddledome, wondering how those unused tickets could be used. John’s original idea evolved around convincing Calgary corporations to donate their unused entertainment tickets to kids and families who couldn’t afford them. Following Calgary, Kids Up Front Foundation quickly expanded to include Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto. Collectively, these foundations have now sent more than 1,000,000 underserved children and youth to arts, sports and entertainment events using donated tickets with a total face value of more than $29 million. Giving these kids a ticket into community via an event experience creates lasting positive impact. One foster parent recently told Kids Up Front: when the children have a chance to attend positive extra-curricular activities they “see improvements in almost all aspects of their lives. Their school work and attendance improves, their attitude at home stabilizes, and high-risk behaviours decrease.”
Kids Up Front Foundation continues to grow with the support of their many donors throughout their four regional foundations across the country; ticket donations are gratefully accepted with tax receipts available for the original purchase price of the ticket. On a national level, their work is reinforced through partnerships with Corus Entertainment, CIBC and TD Financial, ensuring that Kids Up Front is able to continue helping deserving kids and families.
In honour of the millionth ticket milestone and the much-lauded return of the NHL season, each Kids Up Front Foundation will be distributing a special “millionth ticket” NHL experience for a child in each city. In Edmonton, the millionth ticket NHL opportunity has been made possible by our ongoing partnership with Northlands, who has committed to providing at least six tickets to Kids Up Front for every Edmonton Oilers home game. These tickets for tonight’s home opener will be handed out in a ‘millionth ticket’ photo-opp today, for a deserving youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Strathcona County.
KIDS UP FRONT: Millionth Ticket Distribution Photo Opportunity
4:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Boys & Girls Club of Strathcona County: 3 Old Spruce Avenue Sherwood Park, AB
Kids Up Front Foundation relies on the mantra “One little ticket, one big lift”, but today they’re saying “One million little tickets, one million big lifts!” Here’s to one million tickets distributed; one million acts of kindness from donors; one million experiences. Most importantly, here’s to one million smiling kids!