Bulldogs put the bite on student hunger

The Hamilton Bulldogs and the Bulldogs Foundation, in conjunction with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, announced the launch of the ’Dogs Breakfast Program.

The program will provide breakfast to students of Barton Secondary School, Bennetto Elementary School and Parkview Secondary School. With the support from The Grocery Foundation and Quaker, a Division of PepsiCo Foods Canada, the Bulldogs Foundation is committing $225,000 in cash or in kind to the breakfast program over the next three years.

“As proud as I am of what the team has accomplished on the ice in my nine seasons involved with the Bulldogs, I am equally as proud of what we’re doing off the ice”, said Bulldogs owner and chairman Michael Andlauer.

“Since establishing the Bulldogs Foundation in 2007, our primary focus in the community has been to enrich the lives of children and youth in the Greater Hamilton Area. We have done this through the assignment of tickets, cash donations, gifts in kind and the tireless commitment of Bruiser and the Hamilton Bulldogs players and staff.

“With this commitment of $225,000 over the next three years, the ’Dogs Breakfast Program is certainly our biggest initiative yet. On behalf of the Bulldogs Foundation Board of Directors, I would like to thank The Grocery Foundation and Quaker for their generosity and support in helping us launch this exciting and important program.

“I would also like to invite other patrons of our community to support this program which will ensure that the students of not only these three high-need Hamilton schools, but other schools in Hamilton will have the opportunity to kick start their day of learning with a delicious and nutritious ’Dogs Breakfast!”

The Bulldogs Foundation presented a $10,000 cheque to each of the three schools at a press conference held at Bennetto Elementary School Tuesday (Nov. 30) to begin the program.

“We are so thankful to the Hamilton Bulldogs for their generous support of our student nutrition program,” said HWDSB chair Jessica Brennan. “We know that students must be at their best if they are to learn to their full potential, and this donation will certainly help get them there.”

The Bulldogs will host the Abbotsford Heat on Wednesday (Dec. 1) at 7:00 p.m. in the first of three games held at Copps Coliseum this week. The ‘Dogs will then meet the Peoria Rivermen on Friday at 7 p.m. before welcoming the Chicago Wolves to Copps on Saturday for a 4 p.m. game. Saturday’s game is the annual Toy Toss Game where fans in attendance are encouraged to bring a stuffed toy to the game to throw onto the ice following Hamilton’s first goal.

All toys will be donated to local charities in the Hamilton area.

All regular season Hamilton Bulldogs broadcasts on AM 820 CHAM will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.