FAQs

Why was the Alzheimer’s Face Off Pro-Am Hockey Tournament presented by Christenson Communities Ltd. (AFO) cancelled?

As a result of the COVID -19 pandemic we have cancelled the AFO presented by Christenson Communities Ltd. This was necessary to protect the health and well-being of our participants, valued partners, NHL Alumni, volunteers and sponsors and was responsive to the direction mandated by public health officials.

The decision to cancel the AFO tournament was not taken lightly. This is the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories signature event and its largest fundraiser, raising close to $1.5 million each year. The cancellation will have a significant impact on the Society and will present challenges to funding services for individuals living with dementia and their care partners.

When is the next AFO?

We have already secured next year’s date and location – April 23-25, 2021 at Terwillegar Recreation Centre. Please save the date and join us for a bigger and better tournament!

Who should I contact is I have additional questions?

Please contact us at AFO@alzheimer.ab.ca and we will direct your inquiry to the appropriate team member. 

PLAYERS

What happens to all the funds I raised?

Each year, the funds raised by players support the work of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories to provide individuals and families living with dementia information, education and support. This year is no exception and we thank all our donors for raising the critically needed funds to enable us to serve and support over 7,200 clients from over 350 communities.

Will my 2020 fundraising be recognized next year?

Yes. Next year, all teams will still be required to raise a minimum of $25,000, however the actual monies raised for your team in 2020 will be credited to you in the form of ‘bonus dollars’ to be used toward the 2021 draft order. Bonus dollars from 2020, and non donated registration fees, table purchases and sponsorship dollars are not considered in your funds raised.

What if one of my donors wants their money back?

Please share with your donor that in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) rules, we are not permitted to provide a refund for a donation.  If your donor still requires clarification they can contact our finance team via AFO@alzheimer.ab.ca to set up a call.

What happens with my registration fee?

You can choose one of the following options for your registration fee:

  1. Donate it to the Alzheimer Society – a full tax receipt will be issued, and the amount will be added to your bonus dollars for next year’s tournament, or
  2. Use this year’s registration fee to sign up for the 2021 tournament (April 23-25, 2021)

When can I register for next year’s AFO?

The 2021 AFO website will be up and running on August 1, 2020. Individuals and teams will be able to register and begin their fundraising for the 2021 tournament.

DONORS

Can my donation be refunded?

In accordance with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) rules, we are not permitted to provide a refund for a donation. The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories thanks all donors for contributing the critically needed funds to enable us to serve and support over 7,200 clients from over 350 communities. Your gift will make a significant impact for families living with dementia.

From the CRA:

In most cases, a registered charity cannot return a donor’s gift. At law, a gift transfers ownership of the money or other gifted property from the donor to the charity. Once the transfer is made, the charity is obliged to use the gift in carrying out its charitable purposes

SPONSORS

What happens with my sponsorship?

We know these are extraordinary times and we appreciate and value your ongoing support. The following options are available regarding your sponsorship:

  1. Donate your sponsorship dollars to the Alzheimer Society – a tax receipt for the full amount of your sponsorship will be issued.
  2. Transfer your sponsorship to the 2021 AFO tournament (April 23-25, 2021).

TABLE PURCHASERS

What happens with my table purchase?

Individuals and organizations who purchased a table would have received a tax receipt for the charitable gift portion in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency guidelines. More information is available on the Government of Canada website

For example:

  • If you purchased 8 seats at a table for $5000 you were issued a $4000 tax receipt
  • If you purchased 4 seats at a table for $2500 you were issued a $2000 tax receipt

The remaining portion of your purchase is referred to as your donor advantage and in this case is applied to the purchase of the food, gratuities, and other costs associated with the luncheon.

Due to the cancellation of the Luncheon, the following options are available regarding your donor advantage and donation:

  1. Donate your donor advantage to the Alzheimer Society to support people living with dementia today and receive a tax receipt.
  2. Get a refund for your donor advantage, your donor portion will support people living with dementia today.
  3. Transfer your whole table purchase to the 2021 Alzheimer’s Face Off Luncheon, recognizing that the costs associated with holding the luncheon may increase. If needed, you will be invoiced any increase to the donor advantage should there be one.