Cancellation FAQ’s 2020-04-21T19:54:30+00:00

CANCELLATION FAQ’s

Why was the Gordie Howe CARES Pro-Am Tournament cancelled?

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 the Gordie Howe CARES Pro-Am hockey tournament.

When will you hold the next Gordie Howe CARES Pro-Am Tournament?

We have already secured our venues for the weekend of May 7, 2021 – please mark your calendars for an even bigger and better tournament.

What happens with my registration fee?

You have 3 options:

  1. Carry your registration fees over to 2021
  2. Donate your fees for a tax receipt
  3. Refund

Please reach out to Leslie Gallacher at leslie.gallacher@shaw.ca to provide instructions. If we do not hear from you by May 31st, 2020, registration fees will be automatically carried forward to 2021. If you have asked for a refund, it will be processed on June 5, 2020.

What happens with my table purchase?

Individuals and organizations who purchased a table would have received a tax receipt for the charitable gift portion in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.

For example:

  • If you purchased a full table for $5,000 you were issued a $4,000 tax receipt
  • If you purchased a ½ table for $2,500 you were issued a $2,000 tax receipt

The remaining portion of your purchase is referred to as your donor advantage and in this case is applied to the purchase of the food, gratuities, and other costs associated with the luncheon. Gordie Howe CARES is unable to refund the donation portion of table purchases in compliance with current law.

Due to the cancellation of the Luncheon, the following options are available regarding your donor advantage portion:

  1. Transfer your table purchase to the 2021 Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. Pro-Am Luncheon.
  2. Donate your donor advantage to Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. to support people living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and receive an additional tax receipt.
  3. Get a refund of your donor advantage.

Please reach out to Leslie Gallacher at leslie.gallacher@shaw.ca to provide instructions. If we do not hear from you by May 31st, 2020, table purchases will be automatically carried forward to the 2021 luncheon. If you have asked for a refund of your donor advantage portion, it will be processed on June 5, 2020

What happens to my donation?

Thank you for raising these critically needed funds for the Gordie Howe Centre for Alzheimer’s Research and Education Society. Funds raised to date will continue to support the many programs we are financially supporting through Calgary Alzheimer’s Society.

In appreciation of all your fundraising efforts, we will transfer the dollar value raised in 2020 to bonus dollars for the 2021 tournament. Teams will still be required to raise the $25,000 minimum.

In accordance with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) rules, we are not permitted to provide a refund for a donation. Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. thanks all donors for contributing. Your gift will make a significant impact for families living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia.

From the CRA:

In most cases, a registered charity cannot return a donor’s gift. At law, a gift transfers ownership of the money or other gifted property from the donor to the charity. Once the transfer is made, the charity is obliged to use the gift in carrying out its charitable purposes

How will my 2020 fundraising be recognized next year?

In 2021, all teams will continue to raise a minimum of $25,000 but the 2020 monies raised (net of any refunds), will go towards their draft order (bonus dollars) for 2021 with the exception of bonus dollars earned in 2020.

Who should I contact if I have any additional questions?

All enquiries can be directed to Leslie Gallacher at leslie.gallacher@shaw.ca and will be responded to within 1 business day.