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Bulletin: 3rd Annual Ottawa Senators Foundation Telethon in support of Roger's House

Thursday, 16.03.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Bulletin: 3rd Annual Ottawa Senators Foundation Telethon in support of Roger\'s House

Details include exclusive toll-free phone number, hosts, guests

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators Foundation announced today details for its third annual Roger's House Telethon presented by Home Hardware. Most notable this year are two exclusive toll-free phone numbers 1-877-78-ROGER (76437) and #SENS (7367) on any Bell Mobility cellular telephone. The telethon will be held in support of Roger's House on Tuesday, March 21, in conjunction with the Rogers Sportsnet's broadcast of the Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins game that evening.

"We are very pleased with the lineup we have for the telethon," says Dave Ready, president of the Ottawa Senators Foundation. "We've secured toll-free phone numbers that are already live and will continue to be until the end of the telethon. We also have some terrific hosts in Rob Faulds of Rogers Sportsnet and Leanne Cusack of CTV Ottawa. It will be a great evening to enjoy NHL hockey, remember Roger Neilson and look ahead to Roger's House, which will be an incredible facility in this community."

Roger's House will open in May of this year, providing pediatric palliative care with the objective of enhancing the comfort and quality of life for children and their families living with a life-limiting illness. The house will be operated by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and is located on their grounds.

Ready noted the community's response to the Roger's House initiative continues. "Many local groups, schools, businesses and individuals have expressed their support for Roger's House as well as donating their time," Ready says. "Many of them will be our guests during the telethon. We are almost there."

TELETHON FACTS

START TIME - The telethon will be on air at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 30 minutes before the Senators-Penguins game. There will be updates during the game and intermissions, and an extended post-game show.

BROADCAST - The Senators-Penguins game, as well as the telethon, will be broadcast on the Rogers Sportsnet's network through eastern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

HOSTS - Rob Faulds of Rogers Sportsnet and Leanne Cusack of CTV Ottawa, will host the event, and Catherine Clark of Rogers Cable 22 Ottawa Television will present a feature story.

DONATIONS can be made by:
- Phone toll-free at 1-877-78-ROGER (76437) and through any Bell Mobility cellular phone at #SENS (7367)
- Online at www.ottawasenatorsfoundation.com,
- Mail to: Roger's House Telethon
c/o Ottawa Senators Foundation
1000 Palladium Drive, Kanata, ON K2V 1A5
Cheques payable to: "Roger's House"

SPECIAL FEATURES - Roger's House wristbands will be available at all local The Beer Store locations on Saturday, March 18, for a minimum donation of $5 in support of Roger's House. The wristbands will also be available on game night at Scotiabank Place on March 21.

ALL-STAR PHOTO - Each person donating $100 or more will receive a telethon-exclusive 8"x10" autographed group photo of Mike Fisher, Dany Heatley and Wade Redden.

GUESTS - Special telethon guests will include: Roy Mlakar, president and chief executive officer of the Ottawa Senators and Scotiabank Place; Mike Fisher, a Senators centre who is honorary chair of Roger's House; wives and girlfriends of Senators players; Senators alumni, and representatives from Roger's House and the community.

CHEQUE PRESENTATIONS - Many organizations have undertaken to assist in building Roger's House on their own initiatives, and other groups have direct links to the project. They will make their cheque contributions during the telethon.

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