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P.R.O. Kids hosts reception to recognize sponsors


Saint John Mayor Mel Norton and P.R.O. Kids Advisory Committee Chair Kathryn Davison thanked sponsors, fundraisers, supporters and volunteers for providing hundreds of local children and youth in financial need with the opportunity to access the sport, arts, cultural or recreation activity of their choice. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, P.R.O. Kids was able raise $220,000 to assist 1,500 kids in 2015. 

2015 Highlights

Thanks to the collective effort of supporters, donors, program partners and parents, P.R.O. Kids offered over $325,000 worth of program fees, equipment and transportation to children whose families otherwise could not afford the rising cost of sports, arts, recreation and culture activities.

P.R.O. Kids placed almost 1,200 children in financial need in the sport or recreation program of their choice.

P.R.O. Kids has grown. Over 250 children applied to P.R.O. Kids for the first time this year and roughly 1 in 5 kids in financial need in Greater Saint John are being assisted by P.R.O. Kids.

P.R.O. Kids assisted over 65 children who are either refugees or recent immigrants.

P.R.O. Kids expanded the SPARC program with PALS at Prince Charles and St. John the Baptist- King Edward Schools, which will give students at these schools the chance to find their passion by giving them the opportunity to try different activities ranging from basketball, art lessons, Olympic-style boxing, dance, martial arts, improv & music lessons. 

P.R.O. Kids partnered with SJPF Community Police Officers, and other youth serving agencies to provide helmets and equipment to 150 children in priority neighborhoods.

P.R.O. Kids offered a Hockey Equipment Swap Program operating out of the Carleton Community Centre. P.R.O. Kids geared up 45 kids this year and has the capacity to help at least 100 more next year. 

P.R.O. Kids placed children in 99 different Sports and Recreation organizations and received in-kind support from many of these program partners in the form of free spaces or discounted fees.

Primary Financial Sponsors ($25,000+)

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Dickie Crossman Memorial Foundation

Premier Financial Sponsors($10,000 to $24,999) 

Rocky’s Sports Bar 

United Commercial Travellers – Jack Kidd Council 755

MindCare -  Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation

Brian Lund Memorial Fund – Community Foundation

Anonymous Donation  

Major Financial Sponsors ($5,000 to $9,999)

Quispamsis Fun Run and Swim

100 Men Who Care of Greater Saint John

Activity Sponsors ($1,000 to $4,999)

Peter Landers Memorial Golf Tournament  

Brent Kelly Memorial Fund

Joe Israel - OutKast Car Club Car Show

Jeff and Ann LaFrance – Rides and Rockwood Car Show

RBC Foundation

Cleves Source for Sports 

Saint John Sea Dogs Foundation

Leslie McGee

In Kind Sponsorship

Acadia Broadcasting – 97.3 The Wave & Country 94

City of Saint John Staff 

Delta Brunswick Hotel

Moosehead Breweries

Telegraph Journal

Freeman Audio Visual

Canadian Tire West

Whimsical Memories

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