Power Executives and NHL Alumni Raised $10,000 for Prostate Cancer Canada Through A Unique Hockey Game and Parody YouTube Video
Canadian power and energy executives teamed up with NHL players and alumni for the third annual hockey game that raised $10,000 for Prostate Cancer Canada. Known as The Spark Power Play Challenge, the event was founded and sponsored by Canadian power and energy leader, Spark Power Corp.
Billed as an on-ice rekindling of the historic rivalry between the power sector’s alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) power, the Challenge teams’ executives from the Canadian power and energy sector with NHL player and alumni raised proceeds and awareness for prostate cancer.
“The event was amazing!” said Jason Sparaga, Co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. “It is so much fun to get out with guys from the industry and it is always thrilling to play with NHL stars.”
“We had generous sponsors, awesome NHL pros and a fully-subscribed player roster. It was a great way to quickly raise some money and show our support for a very worthy cause,” he continued.
In support of the initiative, two-time Stanley Cup Champion, Adam Graves showed his acting chops, taking part in an accompanying YouTube parody video. In the video Graves claims to have erected a massive statue in his likeness in front of the office of event founder and title sponsor, Oakville-based, Spark Power Corp. Click here to see the video.
This year’s video is the sequel to the event’s previous film called “The Ringer”, where the two-time Stanley Cup Champion claims to have joined the Spark Power team in a junior role to lend some muscle to the Company’s hockey team. Click here to see The Ringer.
In this year’s event video, Graves claims that he has worked his way up the ranks at Spark Power making several “changes around the office”, namely erecting a giant statue bearing a striking resemblance to him and his “boss”, Spark Power Co-CEO, Jason Sparaga.
The monument in the video actually rests in front of Spark Power’s Oakville, Ontario headquarters, the LIUNA building. It is a four-metre bronze sculpture of a labourer and his child, made by renowned Hamilton sculptor, Gino Cavicchioli, called Padre e Figlio (Father and Son).
“We’re extremely grateful that LIUNA let us feature the statue,” said Sparaga. “We had some fun with it in the video but we also understand its significance as a piece of art and as a symbol,”.
Gino Caviccioli spoke at the statues’ unveiling about his effort to capture; “the sweat, dirt, pride, strength and responsibility of the working man” and his attempt to mix “celebration with responsibility for the future are virtues and themes that resonate highly in our Company and our industry,” he continued.
The event raised $10,000 for Prostate Cancer Canada through corporate sponsorships from leaders in the sector including; Spark Power Corp, New Electric, Fritzall and Fengate.
“Our industry is pretty ‘male’, so raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer prevention makes good sense,” said Andrew Clark, Co-Founder of Spark Power and Captain of the DC Chargers, “Rocco Rossi and the people at Prostate Cancer Canada are great partners and we are fortunate to have teamed up with them”.
Prostate Cancer Canada is a national foundation dedicated to the elimination of prostate cancer through research, education, support and awareness. For more information visit www.prostatecancer.ca
Spark Power Corp. is a Canadian leader the power and energy industry focused on development, finance and asset management for renewable energy assets as well as technical services for high voltage and renewable asset operations and maintenance. www.sparkpower.ca