By Lawrence Loiseau
The parents of the Pee Wee Rep and Midget Rep Teams will be hosting a silent auction at the Iron Horse Pub in Lone Butte on Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
The fundraiser is designed to help players and their families cope with travel expenses and the additional costs of playing in their new league, the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association.
This is the first year for both the Midget and Pee Wee Reps to play in the competitive league in the southern communities.
“While travelling time is not necessarily more than in the Rec division,” Andrea Flett, Midget Rep team manager says, “there are definitely additional expenses.
“The Rep players have to pay a Rep fee card that costs $350 a player. Parents also have to pay for an extra practice time each week at South Cariboo Rec. Centre – money that comes out of their pockets.”
“They also play more home games in the Rep league. Some families even have two or three different kids playing hockey in this league or between different leagues.”
The organizers are currently seeking items for silent auction and hope to sell 100 tickets.
They have no set amount of money as a goal, Flett says.
“We are happy to generate whatever comes our way and give some back to the families.”
Flett notes they have one goal and that is to make it to the provincials.
The Midgets are the only Tier four team in the division, so they have automatically garnered a slot in this year’s provincial playoffs. The provincials are a four-day event and any additional funding will help.
Tickets to the fundraiser are $20 and they include a burger-and-drink dinner. Tickets must be purchased before the event and only Flett at 250-791-5334 or Corinne Moore at 250-644-0274.