March 17, 2020
To all of our Participants, sponsors and donors,
We have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and taking the responsible and necessary precautionary measures to protect the health and well-being of our participants, valued partners and NHL Alumni, volunteers and sponsors. Your health and safety is our number one priority during this very unsettling time for us all.
It is with this first and foremost in mind, together with the recent announcements from the Federal and Alberta Governments declaring public states of emergency and taking more aggressive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have now made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Gordie Howe CARES Pro-Am hockey tournament.
“The health and safety of all staff, participants, volunteers, sponsors, vendors and Alumni is of the outmost importance to the NHL Alumni Association and their families. The decision by Gordie Howe CARES in cancelling the upcoming 2020 Gordie Howe CARES Pro-Am Hockey Tournament is the right and only decision and we support It.” said Glenn Healy, Executive Director of the NHL Alumni Association.
As you know, the tournament raises critically needed funds to support caregivers of those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and given recent circumstances our thoughts and prayers go out to them even more so at this time.
As you can imagine, this is uncharted territory, and we appreciate your continued support as we navigate through this and determine all the necessary and advisable next steps. Rest assured we will be reaching out to all participants, vendors and sponsors in the coming days and weeks as it relates to these next steps and with respect to options related to player and team registrations, donations and sponsorships.
Please mark May 7 – 9th, 2021 in your calendars as we are confident that 2021 will be an even bigger and better event!
Thank you again for your understanding and support as we do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, thank you very much for all you do to support the Gordie Howe CARES Pro-Am and Gordie Howe CARES!
Should you have any other questions or concerns about the event please feel free to contact Leslie or Tim:
Leslie Gallacher 519-573-8075 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Garbutt 780-920-6169 or email@example.com
Gordie Howe CARES Chair
Allan J. Klassen