Victoria Grizzlies skate in support of Help Fill A Dream

Game against Wenatchee features food, fanfare and entertainment

Rick Stiebel

News staff

When the Victoria Grizzlies face Wenatchee Wild, on Feb. 9, they look to score a win on the ice and help children facing the challenges of a life-threatening illness.

The Grizzlies join forces with presenting sponsor UNIFOR to raise funds for Help Fill A Dream, an initiative that UNIFOR and BC Transit have been involved with supporting since 1986 when Victoria transit driver Rick Thomas met a passenger, a seven-year-old girl, dealing with a terminal illness. All she wanted was a chance to visit her grandmother in Nova Scotia, and Thomas decided to make that happen. His efforts to raise funds and make the girl’s dream a reality sparked something that evolved into much more. Help Fill A Dream was formed within the year to support families on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands facing similar situations.

RELATED: Help Fill a Dream sends Cordova Bay kid to Disneyland

The evening of hockey and entertainment gets underway at 5:30 p.m. with a tailgate barbecue hosted by the Camosun College Students Society in The Q Centre’s parking lot. Doors open at 6, with a special ceremony at 7 to start the game. The UNIFOR Deckers will take part in a pizza shootout between periods against a Dream Team of past Help Fill A Dream recipients.

READ ALSO: Canadiens Alumni face local firefighters for Umbrella Society

A member of the Grizzlies has a younger brother who had his dream fulfilled through the charity, which reinforced the team’s commitment to the cause. The Grizzlies have also taken part in the Taking It To The Streets road hockey fundraiser for the past two years as part of the organization’s focus on giving back to the community. The team will sign and auction off their specially-designed jerseys after the game. There’s a silent auction as well, 50-50 draws, a chuck-a-puck and BC Transit’s bounce-a-bus. Superheroes of Victoria will be on hand and Four Frames Photobooth for those interested in capturing the evening’s fun on film.

Advanced tickets are available for $11 instead of the regular price of $15, with $5 from advance purchases going directly to Help Fill A Dream. Check out helpfilladream.com/grizzlies-night for tickets and more information.

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Langford’s Sarah Beckett Memorial playground opens

Life of West Shore RCMP Constable honoured with new playground

Haber nets strong comeback in Pacific FC home game win

Vancouver Island team takes 2-0 win over Valour FC

Improvements to Sinclair Road coming

Development comes after Cadboro Bay Residents Association (CBRA) raised concerns

Saanich councillor open to more commercial operations in local parks

Coun. Ned Taylor had raised the issue during his election campaign

Search for missing Saanich Peninsula pair ends in tragedy

Vehicle found with two deceased occupants inside

VIDEO: Here’s the news you missed this weekend

Some of the top weekend headlines from your community and beyond

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

Island murder victim’s mom expresses outrage over mental fitness decision of the accused

Smith vows to keep fighting until justice served for Descoteau

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Vancouver Island man dead after reported hit-and-run incident

Oceanside RCMP seek public’s help gathering information

Most Read