Heading into a new hockey season, Jake Allen has plenty of reasons to smile. First, there’s the contract extension he recently signed with the St. Louis Blues. And, there’s the $50,000 he distributed before leaving Fredericton.
Allen delivered $25,000 cheques to the Kingswood Turnaround Achievement Awards and the Alzheimer’s Society of New Brunswick, the proceeds of the inaugural Jake Allen Celebrity Classic golf tournament. “To be able to give these two sums of money to two New Brunswick organizations feels pretty rewarding,” Allen said in a news release. “We never would’ve thought that after the first event we could donate two cheques of this amount. It makes everyone’s efforts in our event worth that much more.”
The Jake Allen Celebrity Classic was held in July, at Kingswood Park Golf Course, and featured a number of rising NHL stars, including Allen’s Blues teammate Robby Fabbri, and Florida Panthers’ forward Logan Shaw. The NHL Players’ Association and Vaughn, Allen’s official equipment supplier, also contributed $65,000 worth of gear. That’s being distributed to minor hockey organizations in Fredericton and St. Stephen.
The Turnaround Awards and the Alzheimer’s Society were touched by the $25,000 donations that came their way. “This contribution will provide more scholarships, and further recognize students who have struggled to turn their lives around,” said Brian Johnson, president of the Kingswood Turnaround Achievement Awards. “The Turnaround Awards program reflects marked improvements in personal behaviour, attitude and academics. They reward students who alter their future by changing their attitudes to overcome serious educational and personal challenges.”
Allen feels the success of the first Jake Allen Celebrity Classic will fuel a bigger and better event in 2017. “The results we had this year definitely makes us excited to host the event again next July, at Kingswood,” Allen said.
“We’re already in the process of finding ways to make this event better, from the player standpoint as well as the sponsorship standpoint, to exceed the revenues we created this year.”
“We look forward to helping other local organizations next summer, and for years to come.”
THE DAILY GLEANER,
September 23, 2016