By Greg Douglas – Dr. Sport
SCENE & HEARD: The Canucks Alumni, BC Lions, Whitecaps FC and Hastings Racecourse are once again helping to raise funds for charity this year through Sports Alumni Day at the Races.
Today’s silent auction says it all. Up for grabs are ‘Ultimate Game Experiences’ and the very word ultimate fits perfectly.
Let’s start with the Canucks package that includes four tickets to the Alumni Suite at Rogers Arena for a 2019-20 NHL game, dinner for four in the Captains Club and a post-game visit to the Canucks dressing room.
BC Lions put together two Club seat tickets in BC Place, pre-game sideline passes to watch the players warm-up and an escorted visit to what’s called “the pocket” where the players prepare for starting line-up introductions. Two customized BC Lions jerseys complete the package.
Not to be outdone, the Whitecaps FC have donated a 16-person private suite in BC Place for either the 2019 or 2020 MSL season, plus hosting four soccer fans to a tour of the National Soccer Development Centre to watch training and enjoy lunch with the team.
Hastings Racecourse comes out of the gate with two items, including a Day at the Races with a table for four in Silks plus a River Rock Casino Stay & Play Package for four people to enjoy a one-night stay in a two bedroom executive suite, dinner for four at award-winning Tramonto Restaurant and $100 free play coupon for the Casino.
The silent auction table is located at the entrance to the Trackside Patio next to the winner’s circle. Live online bidding is available now at alumni.givesmart.com and easy onsite assistance is available at the auction table. Bidding closes at 4 p.m.
In addition to the Ultimate Game Experiences, donated auction items also include a BC Lions authentic game helmet signed by the entire team; an autographed Whitecaps FC jersey and a Vancouver Canucks signed jersey from the 2018-2019 NHL season including signatures from Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
Ticket sellers for the 50/50 draw will be circulating throughout the racetrack wearing team jerseys. The draw will take place at 4 p.m. in the winner’s circle and the winner must be present.
Proceeds from the auction and 50/50 draw will go to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, BC Lions Alumni Support Fund and Jumpstart, the national charity for organized sports for kids in need.
Hastings Racecourse, the major sponsor of Sports Alumni Day at the Races, welcomes all of the Alumni members present today in the Trackside Patio and they welcome fans to request autographs and take photos as they leave the winner’s circle following their designated races.