Brian Burke’s Targets for Kids Recognized by the Calgary Event Awards

March 12, 2018

Calgary, AB  - The 2017 Brian Burke’s Targets for Kids event in support of KidSport Calgary & Area and the Flames EvenStrength Program was recognized last weel at the 2nd Annual Calgary Event Awards held at the Palace Theatre on March 7th.  This very unique event that was brought to life by Rob Kerr, local Sportsnet 960 radio host and proudly supported by Brian Burke, President of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames was presented the award for top fundraising event for 2017.

 “I am so proud of our team.  It was always the goal to create a one of a kind fundraiser that would benefit KidSport Calgary, but also create a bond with sponsors, celebrities, and participants that would ensure they came back year after year.” said Rob Kerr, Targets for Kids host and KidSport Calgary Ambassador  “Special thanks to Brian for helping to push Targets for Kids to another level and to the staff and volunteers of AHEIA who make sure everyone has a great time.”

 “KidSport Calgary & Area plays such a vital role in our community in ensuring all kids have the opportunity to play sport,” said Brian Burke, Targets for Kids Founder and President of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames. “To be recognized with this award speaks volumes to the efforts of the organizing committee and the support we receive each year from our sponsors, celebrities and all participants. Congratulations to all finalists and winners of this year’s Calgary Event Awards and I look forward to helping Rob and Kevin make this year’s Targets for Kids event the best one yet.”

 “KidSport Calgary & Area is so proud to be apart of this great team” noted Kevin Webster, Executive Director of KidSport Calgary &Area.  “To see this event recognized on this stage is a great tribute to all the volunteers, sponsors, participants, celebrities and our host at AHEIA who come together to make this event something very special.  Brian Burke’s Targets for Kids is one of our cornerstone events each year, and it is with great thanks to community leaders like Rob and Brian that put their time, trust and passion into making events like this a success, so we can impact more local kids who need our assistance, so they can play!”

 KidSport believes that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports.  They provide sport registration fee assistance in order to remove the financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport. 

 KidSport Calgary & Area is the local chapter providing service to Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, Strathmore, Chestermere, Rocky View County, High River, Turner Valley and Black Diamond.  In 2018 they will see a demand from 5500 local kids, so they can participate in the sport of their choice this year.  This level of support will require a financial distribution of over $1.5 million, locally raised, dollars.  It is events through cornerstone events like the Brian Burke’s Targets for Kids, PepsiCO Golf Tournament, Calgary Corporate Challenge, Eric Francis Pizza Pigout, ICONIC Electric & Controls Turkey Bowl, Boomer & Warrener’s Old School Playoff Pool along with local donors, volunteers and supporters that will make this a reality in 2018. 

 Contact KidSport Calgary & Area for more information on Brian Burke’s Targets for Kids and how you can get involved in helping us make it So ALL Kids Can Play!

 Kevin Webster – Executive Director – KidSport Calgary & Area