2018 DINNER A SUCCESS
Brandon, MB. – Another Wheat Kings’ Q Country Sportsman’s Dinner is in the books.
The event, which is held annually to raise money for the hockey club’s Scholarship Fund, attracted well over six hundred people Thursday night and featured Sportsnet’s John Shannon, Winnipeg Jets’ play by play voice Dennis Beyak and comedian Graham Chittenden.
In addition to the dinner, the evening featured both live and silent auctions and among the high bids during the night included special packages from both the Winnipeg Jets and Blue Bombers, signed jerseys from former Wheat Kings Ivan Provorov, Nolan Patrick, Mark Stone, Brayden Schenn as well as a game worn jersey from Vegas Golden Knights’ goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury and another from Los Angeles Lakers NBA legend Magic Johnson.
Fowler Hyundai purchased the Fleury jersey for $1,700 and the Winnipeg Jets’ package, which included a signed jersey from Patrick Laine, for $1,250. Total Farm Supply outbid a number to win the Bombers’ package, which included an autographed jersey from running back Andrew Harris. The Bomber package went for $1,500.
Meanwhile Canada Moving and McMunn and Yates were the evening’s Table Prize draw winners. Canada Moving won a skybox suite at a 2018 Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball game while McMunn and Yates took home a Corporate barbecue for 12 from Montana’s Cookhouse.
The first Sportsman’s Dinner was held on May 2, 1959, featuring Father Athol Murray, NHL great Bill Mosienko and baseball player Lefty Gomez in the Brandon Armoury. A second one was held a year later, but the dinner was then mothballed for seven years until 1968. It’s been an annual event since.
While the dinner was originally a fundraiser for the community-owned team, it now helps the team fund its scholarship foundation. The team currently has thirteen former players in post-secondary institutions. For each year a player is in the league, he receives a full year of tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees to a post-secondary institution of his choice.
Since the program began in 1993, the WHL has handed out more than 5,000 scholarships, with more than 300 WHL grads attending post-secondary schools each year.
This year’s dinner was presented by TELUS.
On the ice, the Wheat Kings return to the friendly confines of Westman Place Friday night to host the Saskatoon Blades in a critical Eastern Division battle.
Brandon will be taking to the ice Friday in special Canada theme jerseys, which will be auctioned off before and during the game. All proceeds from the jersey auction will remain in Brandon, supporting the Western Manitoba Cancer Care Centre.
Tickets to the game are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling (204) 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com