OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2012) - The Sens Foundation in partnership with the Ottawa International Airport Authority declared Plane Pull Challenge 7 to be the best event in its seven-year history. More than 1,500 team members and spectators enjoyed a fun-filled day and helped raise a record $70,000 for the Sens Foundation and Project Clear Skies.
Competition was fierce among the record 34 teams that pulled their hearts out to move Air Canada's 130,000-pound A319 - 12 feet. The top three teams with the fastest times were:
First Place: Westway Taxi Road Runners
Second Place: Triple K Transport
Third Place: La Cité collégiale
"I'm so proud of our employees and grateful for the support of our partners, sponsors and teams who helped make today possible. Their efforts over the past seven years have generated more than $290,000, which has been put towards improving the quality of life for many in our community," said Paul Benoit, Airport Authority president and chief executive officer. "Of course, the teams make a huge difference. This year's participants were the most spirited yet, and they raised a lot of money for Project Clear Skies and the Sens Foundation. We hope to see each of this year's 34 teams back next year."
"We're so thankful to the participants, volunteers, sponsors and airport staff who made today so successful," said Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson. "The support and enthusiasm generated today will provide a positive impact in the lives of children and youth across the region."
OMCIAA operates Ottawa International Airport without government subsidies under a 60-year lease transfer agreement with Transport Canada. The OMCIAA's mandate is to manage, operate and develop airport facilities and lands in support of the economic growth of the National Capital Region.
The Sens Foundation, a strategic partner of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, is led by a small team of fundraisers, event planners, and communications professionals, partnered with more than 2,500 community volunteers, who are passionately committed to raising funds that enable positive life changes for children in eastern Ontario and western Quebec in the areas of education, healthcare, sports and recreation.