Canucks sports celebrities program

For the past 12 years, the Sports Celebrities Festival has helped to raise money for both the Canucks for Kids Fund and Special Olympics BC. Last year’s event alone raised over $285,000.

Aaron Volpatti
[Aaron Volpatti]

Sami Salo, Alexander Sulzer
[Sami Salo & Alexander Sulzer]

Canucks sports celebrities

Last night, I was invited to attend a pre-dinner reception that featured members of the Vancouver Canucks, Canucks Alumni, Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Lions, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor, comedian Brent Butt and Special Olympics BC athletes.

Silent auction items

The beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre West formed the backdrop for a speed raffle, Pucks for Bucks (where guests chose a puck from a wall to have it autographed by a Vancouver Canuck), a photo booth with various Vancouver Canucks posing with the Art Ross Trophy, Selke Trophy, and Jennings Trophy, Wii games and table hockey.

Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider
[Roberto Luongo & Cory Schneider with the Jennings Trophy]

[Ryan Kesler with the Selke Trophy]

Daniel and Henrick (or Henrick and Daniel)
[Daniel & Henrik Sedin with the Art Ross Trophy]

Manny enjoying table hockey
[Manny Malhotra enjoying a game of table hockey]

General manager of the year trophy

Canucks sports celebrities
[Chris Higgins]

Alex Burrows
[Alex Burrows]

There's our coach

Most of the Canucks were on hand, including coach Alain Vigneault, to help raise money for these two prominent local causes. I was impressed by both the sheer amount and variety of silent auction items available for bidding, including a team signed stick, Canucks tickets, specialty wines, an iPhone 4, and even a chance to go on the road with the team.

Silent auction items

Silent auction items

Silent auction items

Silent auction items

The silent auction opened at 5:30. The evening featured three master of ceremonies: Brent Butt, John Shorthouse, and Tamara Taggart. I have no doubt that last night’s event will prove to be another successful fundraiser.

Canucks sports celebrities

Although I wasn’t able to stay for the dinner, I’m certain that Convention Centre Executive Chef Blair Rasmussen created a top notch feast for both our local sports heroes and attendees!

1 Comment

  • Comment by sarah — November 11, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Great photos, Ariane!

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