Mark Burgess owner and operator of the Rayside Balfour Canadians and Northern Transit and Arena Advertising has always been involved with supporting the Greater Sudbury Community.
At the Rayside Balfour Canadians game against the Blind River Beavers on February 27th, 2020, over 500 fans attended the game played at the Chelmsford Arena and participated in bidding on player jerseys in the first-ever SUPER HERO JERSEY PROMOTION. Rayside Balfour Canadian players wore SUPER MARIO themed jerseys in support of the NOFCC.
The “Super Hero” themed hockey jersey promotion was first introduced to Greater Sudbury four years ago by former Sudbury Wolves owner Mark Burgess. The Burgess-Edwards Family owned the Sudbury Wolves OHL franchise for 30 years (1986-2016) and remain the longest-serving owners of an OHL franchise in Ontario Hockey League history. During their record-setting 30 years of OHL franchise ownership, the Burgess-Edwards family raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities and non-profit organizations.
Current Canadians Marketing Manager and former Wolves’ employee Brittany Zacerkowny was instrumental in the design of the first-ever “super-hero” themed hockey jersey promotion in Sudbury in 2016. The SUPERMAN-themed jersey was a big hit with young fans and the inaugural event raised a whopping $10,000 for the NOFCC.
Today, Mark & Karen Burgess, owners of the Rayside Balfour Canadians, are pleased to present a cheque to the NOFCC from proceeds raised by “SUPER MARIO” themed jersey night in the NOJHL and in the Town of Rayside-Balfour. A total of $7,500 was raised from the event night itself, and the Burgess-Edwards family are pleased to donate an additional $2,500 bringing the grand total donation to $10,000. This donation amount matches the inaugural SUPER HERO JERSEY donation to the NOFCC made by the Burgess-Edwards Family and the Sudbury Wolves four years ago. “Our family has always supported the Greater Sudbury community and it feels great to be back in junior hockey and help raise some important funds to support local families through the NOFCC” notes Canadians owner Mark Burgess. “This donation represents the first of many donations that the Rayside Balfour Canadians and our family intend to make to local charities during our term as owners of an NOJHL franchise. ”Our organization is honoured that Mark & Karen & Brittany and the entire Rayside Balfour Canadians chose NOFCC as the beneficiary of this event” notes NOFCC Director Dayna Caruso. “The funds raised are going to support families in our community and all across Northern Ontario. Quite simply, we couldn’t do the work that we do without the support of the community and organizations like the Rayside Balfour Canadians. As a non-government-funded organization, we are constantly looking for new fundraising endeavours like this one.