Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s
Established in 2004, the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s is an innovative charitable hockey tournament that supports care and research in Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Taking place in two Canadian cities (Toronto and Vancouver) the three-day hockey experience allows amateur hockey players the opportunity to play with and against a host of NHL alumni. To date, the Scotiabank Pro-Am has raised more than $16 million for the Gordie & Colleen Howe Fund for Alzheimer’s which helps fund care and research in Alzheimer’s at Baycrest – a global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging and brain health
The Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s, in support of the Gordie & Colleen Howe Fund, is the ultimate hockey experience. This one-of-a-kind event allows the average weekend warriors to strap on their skates and team up with some of the greatest hockey players to ever hit the ice. The Scotiabank Pro-Am is the largest event of its kind in Canada and provides memories that will last a life time.
Raising more than $16 million in its six-year history, the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s is an innovative fundraiser that offers amateur hockey players the chance to play with and against a host of NHL alumni while raising critical funds for Alzheimer’s research and care. Teams must raise a minimum of $25,000 and, based on total dollars raised, get to draft an NHL alumnus to play on their team.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Gordie & Colleen Howe Fund for Alzheimer’s, named in tribute to Gordie and in loving memory of his wife Colleen who passed away from Pick’s disease, a form of dementia, in March 2009. The Howe Fund supports the care and research in Alzheimer’s and related dementias at Baycrest. One of the projects supported this year is the NHL Alumni study which will track the brain health of retired NHL players over several years by recruiting healthy retired players to participate in a research study to identify the risk factors associated with cognitive decline and mental health changes as they age.
Gordie & Colleen Howe’s contribution to hockey is legendary, earning them the title Mr. and Mrs. Hockey™. When Colleen lost her battle with dementia in March of 2009, Gordie lost a wife, his children lost a mother and the world of hockey lost a champion. It was a battle that inspired the Howe family to improve the lives of others affected by the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. In pursuit of this mission, they have attached their name to the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s.
For more information on this one-of-a-kind hockey event visit http://www.baycrestproam.ca/