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Brandon, Manitoba -- The Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings, in conjunction with Remington's Seafood and Steakhouse, are pleased to announce that over $400 was raised during the first half of the 2006-2007 regular season for the Brandon Sun Fund for Kids.

Saves for the Sun Fund for Kids is a fundraising initiative introduced by the Wheat Kings this season, in conjunction with Remington's Seafood and Steakhouse, located in the Town Centre.

For each save made on home ice this season by Brandon goalkeepers Tyler Plante and Joe Caligiuri, Remingtons will donate $1 to the Sun Fund for Kids. The Fund is a partnership between the Brandon Sun and Child and Family Services of western Manitoba and has been in operation since the mid eighties. It was established to raise funds to send disadvantaged children to camp.

The Child and Family Services Division is committed to the department's goals of keeping children safe and protected, encouraging individual, family and community responsibility in times of need as well as ensuring that services are delivered in the most effective and cost efficient manner possible.

Through the team's first eighteen games, Plante has turned aside 370 of 409 shots while Caligiuri has stopped 80-85 in compiling a 4-0-0 record on home ice.

Meanwhile the club has announced that over $3,000 has been generated for the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation and its popular Goals for Kids Campaign.

Local businesses donate up to $25 each time the Wheat Kings score a goal - at home or on the road. Through the first 37 games of the regular season, the Eastern Division leading club has scored 132 goals (3.57 goals per game).

"Reaching out to children is the main focus of most of our fundraising efforts during the season," says Wheat Kings' director of marketing and media relations Rick Dillabough. "Fundraising isn't just about raising money. It's about all of the children who benefited from our community outreach program."

The Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation is a non-profit, local registered organization dedicated to granting dreams to kids in western Manitoba. Westman Dreams for Kids has one simple goal: to give children who are facing a serious illness, and their families, something to smile about.

The "Goals for Kids" campign was established during the 1992-93 campaign and has raised over $200,000 since then. The program is one of the Westman Dreams for Kids major fundraising efforts during the year.

Three Wheat Kings - Mark Derlago, Juraj Simek and Codey Burki - are currently among the league leaders in goals with 25, 22 and 21 respectively. While Derlago is currently tied with Kris Hogg of Lethbridge and Kamloops' Brock Nixon for the WHL lead in goals, Simek tops all first year players.

Next home game for the Wheat Kings is Wednesday, December 27th at 7 p.m. vs. Saskatoon. Tickets are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca The box office will be open until 5 p.m. Friday, December 22nd and will re-open on Dec. 27th 9 a.m.
 
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