The St. Timothy High School is gearing up for its 6th annual charity hockey game.
The popular game goes Dec. 20 at the Cochrane Arena. Annually, it sees local students, staff, and guests lace-up to raise funds for a worthy cause.
Among the guests expected this year are Calgary Flames alumni Curtis Glencross.
All proceeds from this year's game will be donated to the Activettes food bank, a departure from the first five years when the funds went to the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.
Leo Keefer, one of the organizers, says the committee decided they wanted the proceeds to a local cause and selected the food bank because of its importance to the community. The charity game has also conflicted in the past with the school's annual Christmas food drive.
"We still think that it's a great and worthwhile charity, but we thought we were pulling too many directions at the same time," says Keefer, "so we wanted to focus our efforts on one spot."
Already a wide variety of silent auction items and gift baskets have been donated for the charity game, but more are welcomed says Keefer,
"There has been tremendous support again, but if people are still looking or can donate we would much appreciate it," he says.
They've set Nov. 29 as the closing date for accepting donations. A full list of auction items and gift baskets will be announced shortly afterward.
Among those items already donated are a three-month all-inclusive pass to the SLS Family Sports Centre, tickets to Calgary Flames and Hitmen games and a wide variety of merchandise.
Those wanting to bid now can contact Keefer through the school's main office number (403-500-2106) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
They'll be plenty of opportunities to place bids and buy raffle tickets at any St. Tim's school event, including their Dec. 11 fine arts night, during the townwide Cochrane Classic Basketball Tournament, or at the charity game itself.
Staff and guests will be playing against students, who have to earn the opportunity to play in the game.
"Each student who is playing in the game is responsible for fundraising a certain amount of money, via raffle tickets or silent auction, and then they also have to put in some community hours at the school via ticket selling or helping around the school."