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Hometown Tournament Supports Local Families

(Pembroke) Founded in 2006, the annual Black Bears Hockey Tournament attracts CNL Chalk River employees and retirees to take to the ice in support of individuals and families in need, while also helping local charities that serve families throughout Renfrew County.

Through entry fees, prize tables, raffles, and charity dinners, this year’s Black Bears Tournament raised over $41,000 with $15,955 donated to support Pembroke Regional Hospital’s orthopaedic program equipment purchases, including a much-needed knee scope..

“This hockey tournament started as a way to bring our CNL family together in support of our neighbours in need. It’s very rewarding to see how far it has come to benefit so many families in our community-at-large,” said Daniel Venne of the organizing committee.

Receiving the donation was Lisa Edmonds, Vice-Chair of the PRH Foundation Board, “the regional orthopaedic program is a wonderful addition to the services currently offered at PRH and the generous support from the Black Bears Hockey Club will help with the staggering cost of the equipment.”

To date, the annual Black Bears Club has invested over $75,000 in our Region’s wellbeing, through donations to Pembroke Regional Hospital and Deep River and District Hospital. “This is an incredible accomplishment and as our hospital expands services, we as local families, are the lucky benefactors of their generosity,” Ms. Edmonds said. 

If you have a fundraising idea for the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation, or wish to help with the Cutting Edge Campaign, please contact the PRH Foundation office at (613) 732-2811 extension 7408 or visit