Brandon, MB. – The Brandon Wheat Kings, in association with Shoppers Mall, invite fans to help make holiday dreams come true on Friday, December 13th at the annual TEDDY BEAR TOSS GAME at Westman Communications Group.
The Wheat Kings will play host to the Kelowna Rockets at 7:30pm and fans attending the game are being encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal or toque and when Brandon scores its first goal, toss your bears on to the ice surface.
All stuffed animals collected will then be donated to the local Christmas Cheer Board.
“Shoppers Mall is excited to partner with the Wheat Kings for this year’s Teddy Bear Toss,” says Mall marketing director Candace McKenzie. “It is a great initiative for our community and we encourage all residents of Westman to attend this game in support of the local Christmas Cheer Board. The donated stuffed animals and toques bring great joy and smiles to children during the holiday season.”
The annual Teddy Bear Toss is an annual Christmas tradition that began in Kamloops, with the WHL’s Blazers in 1993. The first Teddy Bear Toss in Brandon was held the following year and has been a big hit ever since.
Since the Wheat King Holiday tradition began in ’94, well over 32,000 stuffed animals have been collected and distributed by the Local Christmas Cheer Board. Over 1,200 stuffed animals were collected at last year’s event.
In addition to helping out Christmas Cheer, members of the Salvation Army Band will be in attendance on Friday, with the sounds of the season. As well, it will perform the National Anthems before the game between Brandon and Kelowna.
Friday’s game will be the first of back to back home games this weekend as the Wheat Kings bring the curtain down on the first half of their 2013-14 regular season schedule.
Fans attending Saturday night's game against Moose Jaw are encouraged to donate a new unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item for the Westman & Area Christmas Dinner.
This year marks the 29th year for the Westman & Area Traditional Christmas Dinner. The first one, which was organized by former Wheat King head coach Rocky Addison, was attended by thirty people and was held in a small church at the corner of 8th Street and Victoria Avenue. Its been held at the Keystone Centre for over a decade.
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