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

Bazan Bay 5K winds down Vancouver Island Race Series

The series raised $2,220 for Victoria Hospitals Foundation

Experts suggest Esquimalt explores hub-and-spoke medical clinic model

Dr. Eileen Pepler says Esquimalt is in a ‘dire’ situation for medical care accessibility

‘Preliminary’ discussions with Saanich identify public works yard as potential velodrome site

Greater Victoria Velodrome Association’s David Atwell says site ‘is of great interest to us’

Community members can hop over to Millstream Village for Easter Eggstravaganza

Easter egg hunt and other activities take place on Good Friday

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria receives $2.8M Anthony Thorn donation

Victoria News article inspires hefty donation for gallery expansion

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Prince George sweeps to first-ever BC Hockey League crown

Spruce Kings beat Vernon Vipers 3-1 in the Okanagan Wednesday for 13th straight playoff win

Hwang’s first MLS goal lifts Whitecaps to 1-0 win over LAFC

Vancouver picks up first victory of season

Child-proof your windows ahead of warm weather: B.C. expert

Fifteen children were taken to BC Children’s Hospital for falls in 2018

B.C. trucker pleads guilty to lesser charges in fatal Manitoba crash

Gurjant Singh was fined $3,000 and given a one-year driving prohibition.

Study links preschool screen time to behavioural and attention problems

The research looked at more than 2,400 families

Island man guilty of child porn charges, Crown alleges 250,000 images

Psychiatric assessment requested by Crown, sentencing to be set June 4 in Nanaimo court

Most Read