The Winter Carnival

Every year, the city of Côte Saint-Luc braves the worst of winter conditions to eat taffy in the snow, watch a little pee-wee hockey, and enjoy some good old-fashioned dog-sledding. And it’s all for Ronald McDonald House families.
Fundraiser Name
Côte Saint-Luc's annual Winter Carnival
Raised for
RMHC Montreal
Amount Raised
$5,000
Nights accommodation
for families in need
32
“We’re not just hosting a hockey tournament, we’re raising money for a charity”
Nothing stops the residents of Côte Saint-Luc from coming out to the annual Winter Carnival. Not even -17 degree weather and blowing snow. Since 2006, the Parks and Rec department of the suburb of Montreal has hosted a 3-part fundraiser for Le Manoir Ronald McDonald de Montreal near the CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital. The Winter Carnival includes a weeklong Peewee hockey tournament, an adult dance, and the official Winter Carnival day, where families venture out to Elliot Trudeau Park for some winter-fun activities. Those include a McDonald’s Pancake breakfast, taffy in the snow, horse-drawn carriages, a snow mural, curling, dogsledding, inflatable games, the hockey tournament finals, and more fun stuff.

Brad Horner, a Section Manager for the City of Côte Saint-Luc is in charge of organizing the tournament. “It’s the aspect I enjoy the most. We’re not just hosting a hockey tournament, we’re raising money for a charity.”
“These families are going through a difficult time… we just hope that our assistance makes it a little bit easier.”
Sixteen teams from Quebec and Ontario come out to play 30 games in the open-air, regulation size rink. To play, teams pay a $500 entry fee; $250 goes to the Parks and Rec Department to fund the event, the other $250 is donated to Le Manoir. Donations made by people who attend the main event are also collected. In 2015, the Winter Carnival raised $5,000, and next year, they’re projected to raise even more. When asked what the goal of the Winter Carnival is, Brad answered, “we understand these families are going through a difficult time… we just hope that our assistance makes it a little bit easier.” We hope so too.
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