CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Nov. 5, 2009) - Coast Mountain Sports, a corporate banner of The Forzani Group Ltd. (TSX: FGL), Canada's largest retailer of sporting goods, is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the fourth annual Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation Gala Dinner and Auction. This fundraising event supports the Kunde Hospital and the Sherpa People of Nepal. The Black Tie Gala will take place at the Calgary Fairmont Palliser Hotel on November 6th, 2009 at 6:00pm; special guests attending the event include:
Peter Hillary Two-time Everest Summiteer, Seven Summits & son of Sir Edmund Hillary
Dr. Kami Temba Sherpa Senior Medical Officer & Chief of Medicine, Kunde Hospital; World's First Sherpa Doctor
Amelia Hillary Daughter of Peter Hillary
Apa Sherpa 19 time Everest Summiteer & World Record Holder
Ang Dorje Sherpa 13 time Everest Summiteer
Mingma Tenji Sherpa Everest Summiteer
Laurie Skreslet 1st Canadian to summit Everest
Byron Smith Everest Summiteer, Seven Summits, Gala Chairman & Master of Ceremonies
Coast Mountain Sports will be donating two prize packages. The 'His & Her Essential Bike Package' will be auctioned off silently and includes Nakamura Impulse 09' Bikes as well as all of the necessary bike accessories and apparel. The live auction item, 'The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Package,' includes a tent as well as his & her sleeping bags, snowshoes, trekking poles and expedition packs. Funds raised will continue to support the enduring legacy Sir Edmund left behind. His indomitable spirit lives on through this foundation, whose mission is to assist the Sherpa people of the Everest Khumbu region of Nepal by financially supporting the Kunde Hospital, education, literacy and reforestation.
"It is a great honour for us to join together with The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation to help make a difference in the lives of the children of Nepal," comments Mark Hindman, Vice President of Corporate Marketing for The Forzani Group Ltd. "We are excited to continue this journey together with our customers, our associates, and the fellow Sherpa's and mountaineers who have all strived to Find New Ground."
About The Forzani Group Ltd.
The Company is Canada's largest national retailer of sporting goods, offering a comprehensive assortment of brand-name and private-brand products, operating stores from coast to coast, under the following corporate and franchise banners: Sport Chek, Coast Mountain Sports, Sport Mart, Athletes World, National Sports, Sports Experts, Intersport, Econosports, Atmosphere, Tech Shop, Pegasus, Nevada Bob's Golf, Hockey Experts, The Fitness Source and S3. The Company also has websites for several of its corporate and franchise banners which can be accessed through its main website at www.forzanigroup.com.