Winnipeg product Jonathan Toews has made the commitment to donate $100K to work surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic within the city of Chicago. The donation – officially made to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Research Fund through the Jonathan Toews Foundation – will go towards the nonprofit organizations within Chicago that support the community’s ‘most vulnerable neighbours’.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced that they would match the first $100K donated to the cause, and have since done so. The city of Chicago has 1,000 positively diagnosed COVID-19 cases, while the state of Illinois has nearly 2,000 cases. The cause received $8 million in donations in its first 24 hours.
Working hand in hand with the City of Chicago and United Way of Metro Chicago the Chicago Community COVID-19 Research Fund will unite capital collected through businesses, individuals and companies within the city to be dispersed amongst those struggling to make ends meet following business closures and lockouts due to the rapid spread of coronavirus.
The majority of the recipients are not-for-profit organizations who need financial stability and resources to continue their work in full capacity. Donations to the CCCRF will help ensure that these businesses and organizations can continue their work while accessing basic needs during this pandemic.
The Chicago Community Trust has the following paragraph available for distribution on their website:
“As we individually take steps to protect our own families, workplaces and neighbourhoods from the effects of the virus, let’s not forget the impact this will have on our neighbours. Missing paycheques, the inability to pay rent, and a lack of access to food and essential supplies are realities that many of our neighbours will have to face in the coming weeks.”
Jonathan Toews has 18 goals and 60 points in 70 games this season for the Blackhawks. The former Winnipeg Minor Hockey Association player has won three Stanley Cups with Chicago since being drafted third overall by the organization during the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Toews’ contract carries at $10.5 million cap hit for the next three seasons and has a career earning of just short of $100 million.