The Sea Dogs Foundation ...
is a non-profit organization established in 2006. The mission of the Sea Dogs Foundation is to provide financial and/or in kind support to recognized non profit organizations in South West New Brunswick that focus on improving the quality of life for youth in the areas of education, sport, fitness, and health.
The Foundation is also committed to help former Sea Dogs players continue their post secondary education. More info...
SEA DOGS ALUMNI REUNION SET FOR AUGUST
Ex-Sea Dog stars return for alumni game; week culminates with swim race
SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs and the Saint John Sea Dogs Foundation are very excited to announce the 2015 Wallace McCain Memorial Alumni Reunion, in support of the Children's Wish Foundation and the Saint John Regional Hospital Auxiliary's Brighten Group.
The reunion is scheduled for Saturday, August 8th through Sunday, August 16th. It features two main events sandwiched around the start of Sea Dogs' training camp for the 2015-16 QMJHL season.
The Sea Dogs will hold an alumni game on Saturday, August 8th, at 2 p.m. at Harbour Station, featuring dozens of players from the franchise's first ten years. Sea Dogs alumni will make up both teams. A silent auction will be held throughout the game.
Tickets for the alumni game are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-14, taxes and fees included. Children 3-and-under are free. Tickets are general admission and will be available at the Harbour Station Box Office on Monday, July 13th.
A postgame autograph session with alumni will take place at Harbour Station, followed by a reception and live auction at Rocky's Sports Bar beginning at 8 p.m.
Training camp for the 2015-16 Sea Dogs is scheduled to begin on Sunday, August 9th, with the arrival of the players. They will be on the ice at Harbour Station through the week, leading up to their first exhibition game at home against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Thursday, August 13th, at 7 p.m.
The reunion wraps up with the inaugural Sea Dogs Open Water Swim on Sunday, August 16th, at 9 a.m. at the Renforth Wharf Beach in Rothesay.
Swimmers can participate in the 1.5-km or 3-km races in several age categories. Participants receive a bathing cap, a beautifully-crafted medal and a post-race brunch at the Bill McGuire Centre in Rothesay. The event is part of the Global Swim Series with points awarded in all age categories. The entry fee is $35 per participant.
To register for the swim, or for more information, click HERE.
Proceeds from these events will support two organizations:
- The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, New Brunswick Chapter fulfilling a wish for a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
- The Saint John Regional Hospital Auxiliary's Brighten Group, in support of Patient Comfort Programs.
"We are very excited to have so many former Sea Dogs stars come to visit their fans and play in an exciting alumni game for two great causes," said Tom Donovan, executive director of the Saint John Sea Dogs Foundation. "We are also very happy to host the first Global Swim Series open water swim race in our area. This is history in the making. We hope everyone comes out to see this unique event and support these causes."
Names of the players participating in the alumni game will be released at a later date.
SAINT JOHN • The Empty Stocking Fund got another boost to its fundraising goal on Thursday after the Saint John Sea Dog Foundation presented the charity with a cheque for $13,000.
The two organizations, along with the Sea Dogs hockey team, have been campaigning hard this year to bring happiness to as many kids in the greater Saint John area as possible.
Tom Donovan, the executive director of the Saint John Sea Dogs Foundation, said they are proud to be able to donate to the worthy cause.
“One of our No. 1 charities that we care about is the Empty Stocking Fund,” he said. “Knowing the amount of child poverty in the city of Saint John, it’s a very important need and we care about the kids and making sure they have a Christmas.”
The foundation, in conjunction with the Empty Stocking Fund and the hockey team, use three major fundraisers during the season. The team held a bingo night that brought in $1,800 and during teddy bear night, “change bandits” ran through the crowd and collected $1,500.
The rest of the $13,000 was raised by the biggest campaign, the Sea Dogs calendar. This year they put out a 10th anniversary calendar, raising $9,700 for the Empty Stocking Fund. Donovan said they’ll sell the calendars until they run out.
“We’re going to continue to sell the calendars over the holidays and into the new year until we haven’t got any left. But we wanted to make sure we did give a donation to the Empty Stocking Fund before Christmas.”
Dana Corbiere, program co-ordinator of the Empty Stocking Fund, said she’s pleased the two foundations could partner up.
“We’re really excited,” she said. “Without the support of the Sea Dogs and the foundation, we couldn’t have that opportunity. They’ve been exceptional and supportive and helpful in other events as well as through the Sea Dogs.”
This year the Empty Stocking Fund helped more than 2,000 children have a Christmas that they otherwise would not have had. The charity surpassed its initial goal of $210,000, with $250,000 raised as of Wednesday.
Corbiere said they’re already looking forward to next year. They’re hoping to introduce some new elements to the fundraising campaign.
“(Tom) is full of great ideas and nothing’s been finalized yet, but there’s definitely going to be some changes.”
Corbiere said now everything’s been said and done, she couldn’t be happier with how people have come together for the kids of Saint John.
“Overall, it’s been an incredible experience to work with people that are trying and working because they as well want us to succeed. It’s really quite humbling because everybody’s in it for the same reason.”