CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Roughnecks Lacrosse Club, through the Calgary Roughnecks Foundation, will support Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray, Alberta, with a variety of initiatives on Saturday, May 14, when the Roughnecks host the opening game in the NLL West Division final home-and-home series against the Saskatchewan Rush.

Following last week’s initial pledge of $100,000 from the Calgary Flames Foundation, the Roughnecks will direct $4 from every West Division final ticket purchased along with RE/MAX 50-50 proceeds collected on Saturday to the ongoing recovery efforts.

“We are touched by the generosity many Calgarians, Albertans and Canadians have shown towards those affected by the devastation from the fires in Fort McMurray,” said Roughnecks general manager Mike Board. “The Roughnecks family is joining the relief efforts with several channels of support and will be offering our friends from the north complimentary admission to the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.”

Complimentary Game Tickets

Fort McMurray-area evacuees are invited to attend the game free of charge by presenting personal identification at the Northwest entrance box office of the Scotiabank Saddledome. Each complimentary ticket will include a concession voucher. Game time is 7:00 p.m. with doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Donation Opportunities

The Red Cross will be accepting monetary donations and distributing information on the concourse behind section 227. Funds can also be given by texting REDCROSS to 30333 to make a $5 contribution.

Fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Calgary Food Bank to support Fort McMurray-area evacuees. Calgary Food Bank donations will be accepted on the west tarmac between 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In-Game Support

The pre-game ceremony will include a special video tribute and ceremonial faceoff while Fire Department Honour Guards from Calgary and area will join the anthem presentation. In addition, players, coaches and training staff will wear an Alberta Strong decal in honour of those affected by this traumatic event.

The Red Cross is the largest disaster relief organization in the world. When a disaster is too severe for the local support systems to respond, the global Red Cross response is initiated quickly. The Canadian Red Cross will be working as part of the global Red Cross response to this emergency.

This is an on-going and evolving situation and the needs are shifting. We have been given an updated list of most urgently needed items.

· Canned protein
· Canned vegetables
· Hearty soup (pop top cans if possible)
· Pasta and sauce
· Cereal
· Granola bars/healthy snacks

Basic hygiene products
· Shampoo/Conditioner
· Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
· Hand soap/Body wash
· Feminine hygiene products

· Diapers (size 3, 4, 5, 6)

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