Adopt-A-Teen is putting up for auction one of the most astounding local hockey charity packages ever.
- A framed and autographed Conner McDavid sweater in a custom jersey box.
- A signed and framed Wayne Gretzky photograph.
- A game-night dinner for two at Rogers’ Place Studio 99, hosted by Oiler VP Don Metz with a guided tour of Studio 99’s world-class collection of Oiler memorabilia.
- Two gold seats for an Oilers’ home game – bidder’s choice of one of four games in February or March.
- An exclusive screening of the Metz-produced highly acclaimed sports documentary Making Coco, The Grant Fuhr Story, at your home for a party of up to 20 people. Don Metz will be your special guest, presenting the “director’s cut” edition of Making Coco, not seen before. Metz promises to arrive with a few bottles of Wayne Gretzky’s Estate wine and spirits.
That Adopt-A-Teen has been honoured with this extraordinary package of Oilers Past & Present – and I suspect its offerings with grow until the Saturday noon auction’s end – is the culmination of decades of charity work by both Metz and former Edmonton Sun Chief Photographer Tom Braid, now a sales associate at the Kia West End Edmonton car dealership.
“This donation is a personal tribute from myself to Tom Braid,” says Metz. “Tom has put in thousands and thousands of hours over his career to charity causes, and he was a huge help to me when we were assembling the photos and images for Studio 99 in Rogers Place.”
The causes Tom has helped out are as long as his arm. Tom is the president of the Friends of Rosecrest, Rosecrest being a specialized residence for severely disabled and fragile children where Tom and Birgit’s disabled son Nicolas resided until his passing. Tom has been a major player in Cops For Cancer, the Aaron Moser Foundation, United Way. The list goes on and on. If you needed help with a fund-raiser, Tom was always there.
This time around, Adopt-A-Teen is the recipient of Tom and Don’s largesse.
“I always loved Adopt-A-Teen, ever since it started at The Sun,” says Tom. “Ultimately these teens are tomorrow’s adults and civic leaders. I think this program has an impact on teens well beyond Christmas gifts.”
Says Don: “I have a 17-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son. It’s a special age, the teen years. Some of their friends come from difficult homes. My wife and I try to open our hearts and our home to them. They need to know that others care for them.
“And this is my way of thanking Tom for all he’s done – by supporting a cause that’s dear to both our hearts.”
Tom will be taking auction bids by phone, please call 780-965-1838. We’ll start at $3,000 – the retail value of the framed/autographed Connor McDavid sweater and the two gold Oiler tickets alone.
For a more detailed description of all the items included in the Oilers Past and Present charity auction package for Adopt-A-Teen, please go to hicksbiz.com and scroll to the auction posting.
Auctions are fun and attract attention to the cause.
But most donations for The Edmonton Sun’s Adopt-A-Teen gift campaign, and the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton’s food-for-Christmas still come from those of us for whom a $50 or $100 donation represents a sizeable chunk of our Christmas budget.
Both campaigns will gain momentum in this, the week before Christmas. But neither is anywhere close to its goal – $300,000 for Adopt-A-Teen’s 6000 under-privileged teens, $1.5 million for the Christmas Bureau to provide a festive dinner for the 15,000 families in which those teens live.
Fifty dollars helps one teenager. A $100 Christmas Bureau donation takes care of one more family.
Cheques can be mailed to either charity at Box 16000, Edmonton, AB, T5J 4B4. Cash donations can be dropped off during office hours to The Christmas Bureau office above the Beverly Servus credit union, 4230 118 Ave.
Let’s all do our part, to ensure every family, child and teen in Edmonton can enjoy Christmas.