Nearly a quarter million dollars was raised for the KGH Foundation at the Homebase Charity Slo-Pitch Tournament over the weekend.
The event hosted by NHL stars Blake Comeau and Josh Gorges brought back big smiles and plenty of heavy-hitter friends while raising $242,000.
Twenty-two current and former NHL players took part, including brothers Brayden and Luke Schenn, Tyson Barrie, Jordin Tootoo, Carey Price, Shea Weber, Brendan Gallagher and Justin Schultz.
After a two-year hiatus, the community was eager and ready for the return of Homebase with tickets to the All-Star game on Friday evening selling out well before game time.
All proceeds are going to the ‘We See You’ campaign in support of mental health care in our region.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support of our generous community and are so happy to have been able to come together again for this star-studded weekend of fun…and fundraising,” says Allison Ramchuk, CEO of the KGH Foundation.
“While the pandemic kept us apart for two years, it has also magnified a critical concern in our region – mental health care and mental well-being, which the ‘We See You’ campaign aims to address. We feel very fortunate to have Josh and Blake on our team – not to mention their NHL friends, all of the sponsors, teams, volunteers and people who supported Homebase through ticket purchases for the Friday match, the silent auction and 50/50 draw. Thank-you. Each and every one of you contributed to the success of this year’s event.”
The two-day affair, which featured an NHL All-Star Match Friday evening at Elks Stadium and tournament play the next day at Mission Sports Fields, was a culmination of unique expertise and teamwork, thanks to all of the event sponsors, dozens of volunteers, 14 co-ed teams, and of course, the NHL players, all of whom put on an entertaining show.