2019 #WPGWhiteout Street Parties brought city together
This year’s #WPGWhiteout Street Parties presented by Tim Hortons, which included three separate events held between April 10-18, saw 29,300 fans gather together in the city’s downtown to cheer on their hockey team, and in the process, did more than just galvanize our community spirit, it also created a lasting legacy for our community.
This year, the Street Parties celebrated by giving back to the community, by partnering with the United Way Winnipeg. 100% of ticket proceeds for the Street Parties are being distributed to nine local agencies, who are working on addressing three key themes in our city: addiction, homelessness, and mental health.
United Way Winnipeg, who will be ensuring the funds are having the greatest impact in the community, has announced the agencies who will be receiving a portion of these funds:
- Bruce Oake Foundation
- Eagle Urban Transition Centre
- End Homelessness Winnipeg
- House of Peace
- Main Street Project
- Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba
- North Point Douglas Women’s Centre
- Spence Neighbourhood Community Renewal Corporation
Each of these agencies will report back to United Way Winnipeg on the impact that these Winnipeggers’ dollars have made. Funds will be distributed to these agencies by May 18.
In addition to the funds raised, 1,500 free tickets to the #WPGWhiteout Street Parties were distributed to Winnipeggers through 43 different agencies – providing opportunities for Jets fans who might otherwise not have been able to participate, to celebrate with their friends and neighbours.
- “Economic Development Winnipeg and True North Sports + Entertainment are pleased to have worked with United Way Winnipeg to address the issues of addiction, homelessness, and mental health in our city. We were able to create a legacy with these events, which helped us add even more value to last year’s Street Parties. This has all been made possible because of the strength of our local community, and our willingness to come together to celebrate and give back in a meaningful way.” – Dayna Spiring, President & CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg
- “Much like we saw last year, the 2019 #WPGWhiteout Street Parties have been a celebration of creativity, passion, and spirit. Winnipeggers do an amazing job of coming together as a community and this year they again showed the world what our city is made of. We are pleased to have shone a spotlight on United Way Winnipeg through this year’s Street Parties, bringing another great storyline to the #WPGWhiteout. Thanks to the fans who attended, and to our partners, Economic Development Winnipeg, the City, the Winnipeg Police Service, and the Province for their collaboration in bringing three safe and successful celebratory events to our downtown streets.” – Kevin Donnelly, Senior Vice-President, Venues & Entertainment, True North Sports + Entertainment
- "Winnipeggers are remarkable! The dollars raised by Whiteout fans will make a difference in many people’s lives. We’re grateful for both the enthusiasm of the fans and to have partnered with Economic Development Winnipeg and True North to bring their idea of giving back to our community, to life." – Connie Walker, President, United Way Winnipeg
About the #WPGWhiteout Street Parties
The Winnipeg Whiteout Street Parties were launched during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, to give Winnipeggers a venue to come together to celebrate their hockey team and their city. Before and during every Winnipeg Jets home playoff game, fans fill the streets of downtown Winnipeg. The Street Parties are highlighting Winnipeg on a North America-wide stage and are leaving a long-term legacy on the city.
All ticket sales proceeds from the 2019 Street Parties are being distributed to local agencies, making investments in the community through United Way Winnipeg around three key themes: addiction, homelessness, and mental health.
For further information, please contact:
Manager, Corporate Communications
Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.
Phone: 204.954.1961 Cell: 204.791.3323