Canucks now seeking recipient for next year's tournament

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November 13, 2014 9:39 AM

The Kitscoty Canucks are looking for a recipient for their sixth annual recreational hockey tournament fundraiser taking place next march.

Aside from the games themselves, the tournament raises money for families of those in need with auctions, donations and a few other affiliated events.

“Usually we have six teams and then family and friends show up and we have a beer garden and stuff like that,” said Darris Gartner, tournament organizer.

“106.1 The Goat, they always put it on air for us and they usually do a radio auction on air. Then we usually have the silent auction at the tournament, so people can come out and buy the items and that’s how we give them the money.”

He said they also sell tickets for a steak night at the Canadian Brewhouse where donations are accepted as well. According to the Lloydminster Bobcats’ website, since it started, the tournament has raised an average of $30,000 each year for the selected recipient.

“I never really put a limit on it, I never really have any expectations, I just tell everybody that I want to make sure I make them some money and hopefully it’s over $10,000,” said Gartner.

Last year’s recipient was Evan Wolgien, who had money donated to help him travel back and forth to Vancouver for medical treatments.

The Canucks’ website says “the recipient is selected based primarily on financial need, and the donation is made directly to the selected recipient.”

Potential recipients can apply by Gartner at 780-870-0513 or darrisgartner@hotmail.com.

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