Knights of Columbus annual atom/novice hockey tournament supports healthcare causes

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Looking for something to do over the March break? The annual Knights of Columbus Atom/Novice Hockey Tournament and Silent Auction, a fundraiser in support of healthcare organizations like Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville Hospice, Christine’s Place, Fairvern, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, will be held at the Canada Summit Centre from March 15-17.

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization associated with the Catholic Church. (The Huntsville group is affiliated with St. Mary’s Church.) It was formed in the late 1800s to combat discrimination and provide a social safety net for widows and their families. “Nowadays, with laws and regulation to deal with discrimination and the government providing various types of social assistance, our focus is on supporting charities and individuals in need as well as support for the church,” said Bill Weber, Grand Knight.

Twenty-six teams from across the province, including two teams from Huntsville, will participate. “This is a very popular tournament as we received inquiries back in September and had all the spots filled by October,” said Weber.

A full schedule and results board will be located in the lower lobby of the Don Lough Arena so you can follow along and know when your hometown Otters are playing. The event is open to the public—come and cheer on your hometown youth and be amazed by the skill level of these young hockey players.

There will also be a silent auction with more than 80 items to bid on located in the lower lobby of the Don Lough Arena that will run from Friday, March 15 at noon to Saturday, March 16 at 5 p.m. “We have a wide variety of items from local businesses and artisans as well as gift certificates for everything from rounds of golf to discounts at local stores. Our hockey-related items include items from NHL teams as well as local sports stores,” said Weber.

This Toronto Maple Leafs stick is among the items up for bidding in the silent auction at the annual Knights of Columbus hockey tournament (supplied)

This Toronto Maple Leafs stick is among the items up for bidding in the silent auction at the annual Knights of Columbus hockey tournament (supplied)

The Knights of Columbus volunteers are still accepting items for the auction table as well as sponsorships for ice time and the program booklet. “This is a great way for local businesses to promote themselves while supporting a great cause,” said Weber. “Also we still are looking for volunteers to help with the timing and score keeping. No previous experience needed as we provide training. This is especially a great way for high school students to get their volunteer hours.”

If anyone wishes to help out with donations, sponsorship’s or volunteer, contact Bill Weber at [email protected]

“We would like to thank all the local businesses who have donated to the auction table and/or paid to sponsor ice time and the tournament program,” added Weber.

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