Canada Credit Cares donates front row Calgary Flames tickets to Kids Up Front, a charitable organization that dedicates itself to giving underprivileged children a chance to see live events.
Canada Credit Cares, charitable initiative of Canada Credit and its affiliated companies, have teamed up again for a noble cause. Kids Up Front gives underprivileged and deserving kids the chance to see live sports, including the Calgary Flames, concerts and more. Together, this team-up will win more than games. It’ll also win the hearts of the kids who get to attend the events.
Director of the Canada Credit Cares program, Sheldon Wolf, is a long-time Calgary Flames fan. Wolf chose to donate seats to multiple games during the 2015-2016 season to KUF. This gave underprivileged children a once in a lifetime chance to see the Calgary Flames in action. On home ice, nonetheless. Up front is literally where the children sit, thanks to Canada Credit Cares, as the donated tickets are front row.
The Canada Credit Cares program dates back to late 2015. Also from the mind of Canada Credit CEO Sheldon Wolf, to raise awareness for charitable causes. More so, to encourage charitable participation from his companies, and the corporate community as a whole. Canada Credit Cares charitable drives include volunteer time with the organization Inn from the Cold. Beyond that, monetary donations to family and animal causes, including Little Mutts Society, Calgary Humane Society, and Adopt-a-Family. This program in particular helps families hit hard with job loss and unforeseen circumstances get through tough times. Even food donations to the Calgary Food Bank, and much more.
Their latest program is designed to help veterans of the Canadian Armed forces hit financially by hard times. It offers our veterans pro bono services for their credit repair, and credit improvement programs.
Being a long time fan of the Flames, company president Wolf chose to share the experience of live games with kids. Wolf donated front row tickets to KUP, so that underprivileged and deserving children can now see NHL stars play live. Thanks to Wolf, they’ll have the best seats in the stadium during home games! Seated next to the visitor’s bench, first row, to watch Calgary’s star players light up the lamp.
As an experienced philanthropist, Wolf found his passion for the Flames, and desire to help others, a winning formula. To bring smiles, and even maybe help inspire future champions.
The organization was founded by former Calgary businessman John Dalziel. After attending an event at the Calgary Saddledome, and seeing empty seats all around. His tickets were complimentary, and it made him think about other complimentary tickets. Many of the vacant seats were also complimentary seating bought up by businesses and organizations. But, were sadly being unused.
Dalziel had the sudden idea for those seats to go to families in need. To let underprivileged children see a world class sporting event. Then, he comes up with the Kids Up Front charity, with the expressed goal of those seats being used. Also, getting the corporate community to better use their gratuity tickets. Bringing kids to live events they normally would not be able to attend, due to circumstances beyond their control.
Since 1999, KUF has provided over one million tickets to deserving children and families. With chapters in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton, for events such as arts, culture, sport and recreational events. New chapters are currently developing in Ottawa and Halifax.
KUF is no small charity. Over 30,000 tickets per year distributed, and a total approximate value of tickets distributed at 13 million. The organization has also attracted national sponsors, such as Corus Entertainment, CIBC and TD Financial. All the while, garnering local partnerships with local businesses. Calgary teams such as the Stampeders (CFL), Flames (NHL), and Hitmen (WHL) are a huge support. Beyond those, the BC Lions (CFL), the Vancouver Canucks (NHL), and the Vancouver Giants (WHL). Even the Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment and much more are helping and playing a big part in this worthwhile cause. They also team up with charities and philanthropic organizations to help find local event tickets for those who deserve it.
Children shouldn’t be denied the chance to see the big game because it’s out of their reach, or too expensive. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime chance. Thanks Sheldon Wolf’s generosity through Canada Credit Cares and KUF, kids have a special chance to see their hometown heroes play.