Saturday, November 30, 2013

Regina Pats partner with 'Seeking Smiles'

Press Release

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats announced today the hockey club will partner with Seeking Smiles to support the 2nd Annual “Teddy Bear Tea” to benefit children at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre.  The Tea will be held Saturday, November 30th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Blue Lounge at Hotel Saskatchewan and features a silent auction.

Attendees to the Teddy Bear Tea, fashioned after its namesake in Boston, dress up to enjoy an afternoon of conversation and lunching at Hotel Saskatchewan.  Last year’s Teddy Bear Tea raised over $6,500.

This partnership with Seeking Smiles adds to the Regina Pats current involvement with the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre.  Pats players visit the WRC on a weekly basis, when their playing schedule allows, visiting and participating in various activities with elderly patients and veterans.

“The Regina Pats are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Seeking Smiles.  As an organization this fits with our commitment to community, especially considering our ongoing work with the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre,” explained Regina Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang.  “We believe it’s a perfect fit to not only generate awareness and funds for the WRC, which is a critical service provider for our community, but to also support a foundation chaired by the daughter of one of our alumni.”

The Seeking Smiles charity was formed in 2011 by Michaela Markwart, the daughter of former Pats player Nevin Markwart, focused on providing resources to, and increasing the awareness of the children’s area at Wascana Rehabilitation Hospital in Regina.

“It’s wonderful to have the Regina Pats joining us to support the Teddy Bear Tea,” commented Michaela Markwart.  “It’s great partnering up with the team my dad played for here in Regina and I’m looking forward to working with the Pats to support the children at WRC and raise the profile of Seeking Smiles.”

Tickets for the “Teddy Bear Tea” are available through the Seeking Smiles website,

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