Montreal Canadiens alumni, radio station take on Beyond the Rack contingent in hockey fundraiser
© Chronicle photo courtesy of Beyond the Rack
Members of the Beyond the Rack team face off against Guy Charbonneau and the rest of his Montreal Canadiens alumni team Oct. 20 at the Pierrefonds Sportplexe.
The Beyond the Rack Killer Bees team faced the Montreal Canadiens alumni and the 94.7 Hits FM team in two charity hockey games, Oct 20, at the recently-renovated Pierrefonds Sportplexe to benefit the Comfy Cozy Fund.
Over $27,000 was raised for the Comfy Cozy Fund, a charitable organization which helps make the Montreal Children’s Hospital a more comfortable place for patients.
“It’s a really good addition. Lots of people love hockey. It’s a fun way to do what you love and raise money for a great cause,” said Jake Shtern, founder of Comfy Cozy fund.
Shtern established the Comfy Cozy Fund as a five-year-old child battling Leukemia. During his stay at the Montreal hospital, the young philanthropist realized that fellow patients seemed bored and unhappy. Ten years later, the charitable organization has raised nearly $1 million –which in turn has improved the hospital’s oncology, emergency, and asthma clinics as well provide televisions, iPods, video games, and comfortable areas to rest and recharge.
His father Yona is the CEO of the Beyond the Rack, an online shopping club for men and women.
“I’m incredibly proud of him,” said Yona Shtern. “He came up with this idea 10 years ago. When he looked around, many kids in the hospital were not only suffering from illnesses, but also loneliness. There was nothing to raise their spirits and he said 'wouldn’t it be great to make the hospital comfier and cosier?'”