The Kelowna Chiefs will hold a live auction on Friday when they host the Princeton Posse, with all proceeds going to the city’s flood relief program.
Chiefs Marketing Director Alex Draper came up with the idea and tells Castanet exactly how they plan to help.
“We will try to raise as much money as possible. I spoke with the general manager of the Posse, and he said they don’t need the clothes anymore, they’re overwhelmed with the generosity of the public for this, but he said they need the money to flood relief fund. So we will have a crate at the door and we also have some great items that we will be auctioning off during breaks,” Draper said.
Some of the Chiefs’ sponsors were kind enough to donate items to be auctioned off at Friday’s game.
“Sandi Kowalyshyn from Telus stepped in and donated a Fitbit watch, and Sunset Ranch also stepped up and gave us four golf passes, a lesson and a dozen balls. We only have two one-minute slots to make the world’s fastest auction and harvest as much as we can,” Draper explained.
Now that the BC government has lifted capacity restrictions on live events, for the first time in more than two years, the Rutland Arena will be able to accommodate a crowd at full capacity. Draper hopes this helps the auction.
“I think everyone is so excited that we’re back 100%, we’d love to see a full house here, whether you’re here to support the Chiefs or just want to support the initiative we’re doing for Princeton, Obviously the more people we have, the more offers we will have and the more money Princeton can bring in with them,” Draper said.
Draper felt the Chiefs needed to step in and help out in their own way because he feels the league is one big family and sees Princeton as one of Kelowna’s neighbors.
“We had fires this summer and we were affected, but the floods did not affect us and Princeton is our neighbor, they are obviously part of our community and our league, and wherever we can help, we will . There are other teams helping out too, the 100 Mile House Wranglers were in town and they helped the guys put some sand on and the whole game day was amazing,” Draper described.
The puck drop between the Chiefs and Posse is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Dec. 3. If you can’t make it and want to help, you can access the Princeton Flood Relief Fund by click here.