RBC Cup committee members Don Klepp (left) and Betty Chan Klepp present tournament legacy funds to Kara Blazek and Michelle McCrea

RBC Cup committee members Don Klepp (left) and Betty Chan Klepp present tournament legacy funds to Kara Blazek and Michelle McCrea

RBC Cup boosts area charities

Legacy provided after Vernon hosted the national Junior A hockey championship

Three North Okanagan charities will benefit financially from the 2014 RBC Cup national Junior A hockey championship, held at Kal Tire Place.

Greater Vernon KidSport, the Greater Vernon Minor Hockey Association  and the Vernon Boys and Girls Club each received a cheque for more than $14,000 from RBC Cup tournament committee members Don Klepp and Betty Chan Klepp.

“These three groups helped run the 50-50 lotteries during the tournament and they each received $9,206.67, which was one-third of the net proceeds of the 50-50 lottery,” said Don Klepp.

“Each of these three groups will receive a minimum of an additional $5,000 from the 2014 RBC Cup’s net profits.”

Other legacies from the tournament, won by Saskatchewan’s Yorkton Terriers – who eliminated the host Vernon Vipers in a semifinal – include items purchased or donated for the event have been provided for community use.

Approximately $8,600 worth of digital two-way radios and an accompanying service package, which was donated by Kenwood and VMR Communications, was given to Kal Tire Place and the Vipers for use at hockey games and other events.

Office chairs that were purchased to use in the press box and the Hockey Canada/CJHL seating area have been donated to Kal Tire Place. Additional chairs were donated by Corbett Office Plus.

If sufficient funds remain, an electronic 50-50 gaming system will be purchased for use by community organizations during events at Kal Tire Place.

“The event also generated more than $60,000 in concession and beer sales, which accrued to Kal Tire Place,” said Don Klepp.

In addition, RBC’s Avion program paid Kal Tire Place for the free concession drinks that were provided to fans who signed up for the Avion card.