VIDEO: Tim Petros Running Back Award Launched

Mario Toneguzzi‘s guest on Business Insider: Mark Petros, owner of Nick’s Steakhouse & Pizza and former University of Calgary Dinos and University of British Columbia Thunderbirds football player with two Vanier Cup championships, discusses the launch of the Tim Petros Running Back Award for U of C players.

Mark Petros
Tim Petros and his family

Please join us in supporting the Tim Petros Running Back Award in memory of Tim, whom we lost too soon in March 2020.  Tim’s wife and children established this award in his loving memory to honour his football career as well as his ability to touch the lives of others so deeply.  This award will help support the recruitment and retention of running back football players to the University of Calgary and celebrate and share Tim’s life and legacy.

“Tim touched everyone, he was more than a football player, he was one of the most popular student athletes in his era, no one ever had a bad word about him. It is so fitting to have an award in his name for the program”.  – Jack Neumann

Donations can be made the following ways:

By Credit card online:

By cheque:

University of Calgary

OVC 131 – Gift Processing and Tax Receipting

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Attn: Susan Wessels

Please refer to DEV  Tim Petros Running Back Award in the memo portion of the cheque.

By Gift of Shares of Publicly Traded Shares or Mutual Funds:

At UCalgary, gifts of shares of publicly traded securities include stocks, bonds, bills, and mutual funds, and are all eligible for a preferred inclusion rate for capital gains. The transfer of funds can be made as a direct transfer from your account to the university by the donor initiating the transaction with their broker.  These shares will be sold as soon as possible and the proceeds will be transferred to this award.  The university will issue a tax receipt for the amount of the market value when they are signed. Please use the links below to find more about the process:

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