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CAPITAL ONE RACE FOR KIDS RAISES $714,562 FOR BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS ACROSS CANADA

TORONTO, Aug. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Teams in 32 communities from coast to coast participated in the fifth annual Capital One® Race for Kids™ on May 28, June 4 and June 11 respectively, to raise $714,562 for local Boys and Girls Clubs.

From Vancouver to Cape Breton, over 550 teams of four wore quirky costumes and puzzled over mind-bending challenges as participants in Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada's annual national fundraising event. Funds raised help Boys and Girls Clubs at 625 service locations nationwide provide safe, supportive places where children and youth can discover, develop, and achieve their full potential.

"I'm very encouraged by the strong show of support for Boys and Girls Clubs," said Owen Charters, President and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. "We are very grateful to all of the racers, volunteers, local donors, and our national sponsors—Capital One, WestJet and goeasy—for making this year's Capital One Race for Kids a rousing success."

"As the founding sponsor of Capital One Race for Kids, we know how important it is to support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and youth development programs," said Nathalie Clark, Managing Vice President of Capital One Canada. "We're truly thankful for all the racers and volunteers who helped make this year's race such an amazing success."
This year, Capital One® Race for Kids™ was held in:

  • Alberta
  • Airdrie
  • Calgary
  • Lethbridge
  • Olds
  • Wetaskiwin
  • Wolf Creek – Ponoka
  • British Columbia
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • South Coast BC – Vancouver and environs
  • Williams Lake
  • Manitoba
  • Winnipeg
  • New Brunswick
  • Charlotte County/St. Stephen
  • Fredericton
  • Riverview
  • Saint John
  • Tri-County
  • Nova Scotia
  • Greater Halifax
  • Yarmouth
  • Ontario
  • Hamilton
  • Kingston
  • London
  • Oshawa
  • Ottawa
  • Pembroke
  • Toronto
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Charlottetown
  • Summerside
  • Quebec
  • Montreal
  • Saskatchewan
  • Battleford
  • Saskatoon

For more information, visit www.raceforkids.ca.

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is dedicated to supporting and encouraging children and youth as they discover, develop, and achieve great futures. We are a national charity serving 96 member Clubs that provide services to 200,000 young people in 625 locations across Canada. Our trained staff and volunteers listen to the opinions and ideas of children and youth, applaud their accomplishments, lend support during their struggles, and provide ways for them to explore their interests and talents. With this encouragement, young people develop the confidence and sense of belonging that helps them overcome barriers, form positive relationships and mature into responsible, caring adults. For 116 years, we have welcomed children, youth, and their families into Clubs that reflect the diversity of Canada in small and large cities, and rural and Aboriginal communities. Visit www.bgccan.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/bgccan and www.twitter.com/bgccan.

About Capital One Canada

With offices in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo and Montreal, Capital One Canada has been offering Canadian consumers a range of competitive MasterCard credit cards since 1996. We challenge ourselves to see the world through the eyes of our customers, so we can deliver the market leading credit products and exceptional service they're looking for. Capital One Canada is a division of Capital One Bank, a subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation of McLean, Virginia (NYSE: COF). Capital One invests in causes and organizations that empower people to build a more successful financial future through program investment and the skills and dedication of our talented associates. To Learn more, visit www.capitalone.ca and www.twitter.com/CapitalOneCA

CONTACT: Jared Morrow Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada jmorrow@bgccan.com (905) 477-7272 x202

Source:Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada