Osoyoos-based Spirit of the Game Society will benefit from the Pics & Sticks Charity Event later this spring, organizers have announced.
The Society — which has as its mission to make sure very South Okanagan child who wants to participate in organized sport gets the chance to do so — will join other South Okanagan charities as a selected beneficiary for the two-day music and sports celebration scheduled for this May.
“The Board of Directors are excited that Spirit of the Game Society has been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of this amazing event,” said president Mike Campol. “We are grateful and incredibly excited to see Pics & Sticks make its mark in the South Okanagan.”
Hosted by Canadian country music star Gord Bamford and Edmonton Oilers Alumni, and former NHLer Kevin Primeau — now an Osoyoos realtor — the May 15-16 event will give fans the opportunity to play alongside NHL alumni like Glenn Anderson, Chris Joseph, Marty McSorley, Ron Low and country music’s Dallas Smith, Aaron Pritchett and Chad Brownlee — on the ice and on the golf course.
Much of the festivities will be held at Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip — including a banquet and concert featuring the country music stars — with the golf charity event scheduled for the Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course and the charity hockey game slated for the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Gord Bamford and his Foundation to bring together this amazing group of country music artists and NHL hockey stars,” said Mr. Primeau, who played professional hockey with the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks and has coached at the professional and club level as well.
“It’s going to be a fun, two-day event that will be raising money for South Okanagan youth-focused Charities and organizations.”
Spots are available for local businesses to arrange for a local person to play in the game.
At the heart of the Spirit of the Game Society’s effort is a belief a big part of just being a kid is participating in organized sport. However, it notes many youngsters come from underprivileged families who just can’t afford the increasing fees required to give their son or daughter a chance to participate.
A non-profit organization with a volunteer board, the Spirit of the Game Society is structured to deliver 100% of all donations to providing league fees and covering equipment costs.
Proceeds raised are expected to return to the South Okanagan community as well through local efforts undertaken by several provincial and national charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s BC & Yukon chapter, Basics for Babies and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
South Okanagan Minor Hockey is also benefitting. Teams from Osoyoos to West Kelowna are selling tickets to the event — and raising money for their programs by earning $6 for each ticket sold.
Local minor hockey will also benefit with scholarships awarded to local youth in honour of the Humboldt Broncos victims.
The team selling the most tickets will be invited to participate in the charity hockey game.
Tickets to the charity hockey game tickets can be purchased at a local participating business, through minor hockey teams, or directly online at www.gordbamfordfoundation.com.
Local organizations interested in becoming a sponsor for the event can also find information at the foundation’s website.