The Edmonton Football Team is putting together another 50/50 for a good cause.
The club hosted its first-ever online 50/50 raffle this past weekend. The event raised a total pot of $991,800, setting a new franchise record. John Groff, the winner of the draw, took home $495,900.
The rest of the money went to the Joey Moss Memorial Fund that will advocate for employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. Moss was a sports legend in the city of Edmonton who passed away in October after working almost 40 years as a locker room attendant for the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Football Team.
This draw will benefit the Edmonton Wildcats, Edmonton Huskies, and the University of Alberta Golden Bears football team. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the CJFL and U Sports seasons, which means the programs need the support.
“Everyone is struggling with various things day to day,” said EE Football Team President and CEO Chris Presson. “One of the areas we can help with is the mental and physical health of human beings as a whole, especially our youth. Contributing to minor football helps develop young minds and players that ultimately may have a chance to do great things in their sport and beyond. The U of A football program is a stalwart in the community, as are our junior teams and they are all grinding to make sure they can live up to their promises to young people in their respective programs. I hope everyone will get behind this 50/50 as they did with Joey’s. If they do then everyone wins.”
Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, December 5 at 12:00 noon ET with the draw being done at 10:30 p.m. ET on the same day. Tickets can only be purchased by individuals 18 years or older who are located within Alberta’s provincial borders at the time of purchase.
“The Edmonton Football Team’s 50/50 contributions to Golden Bear Football and to the rest of the Amateur Football community are simply invaluable,” said Golden Bears’ head coach Chris Morris. “These funds are used for the development of the sport in our region and also help provide a greater opportunity for involvement in football for our youth than anywhere else in Canada. Without this support the development of current EE Football Team players like David Beard and Jimmy Ralph simply would not be possible.”