Great Canadian Auction raises funds for young curlers
Most of Canada’s top men’s curling stars will be on display in Calgary during the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek Monitoring Solutions, in early March at the Scotiabank Saddledome. But a Tim Hortons Brier week auction will have its focus on developing the future stars of the sport, and giving opportunities to kids who might not otherwise have a chance to take up the Roaring Game. The inaugural Great Canadian Auction will take place on March 5 at Mavericks, inside the Big Four Building at Stampede Park, a short walk away from the Saddledome. Among the auction items up for grabs will be a corporate Saddledome luxury suite for 32 people to attend the gold-medal game of the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier; airline tickets; signed sports memorabilia; and a VIP package to the 2016 World Financial Group Continental Cup in Las Vegas. The goal of the Great Canadian Auction, which is being put on by the Canadian Curling Association’s For The Love of Curling philanthropic program, is to raise funds to help reach out to kids lacking the skills, money or ability to play traditional sports. Curling can be part of the solution to get those gets involved in a healthy, lifelong activity. The funds will go toward creating Canada-wide curling bursaries for children from families needing financial or other kinds of assistance. As well, money will go to the CCA Rocks & Rings program, which takes curling into Canadian schools to introduce students to the sporting using equipment adapted to gym floors. The money will help offset the cost of the program to schools. “There are so many kids across Canada who can benefit from getting involved in curling and we’re thrilled that the Great Canadian Auction will be able to play a role in making that happen,” said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of the CCA. “Curling can play a major role in keeping kids active and healthy, and we’re excited about how the Great Canadian Auction will lead to more participation across the country.” Mavericks will be transformed into a lakeside cottage, including Adirondack chairs by the dock, campfire sing-a-longs, delicious Canadian food and drink, and the chance to bid on once in a lifetime experiences and items. Other silent and live auction items include tickets to the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier in Ottawa; a special TSN broadcast experience; and Taylor Swift tickets. Tickets go on sale today (Jan. 20) at a cost of $45, and include a fantastic Canadian cocktail menu, door prizes and the opportunity to bid on incredible auction items. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.greatcanadianauction.ca.