On August 18th and 19th, the Portland Winterhawks hosted their first annual Charity Weekend in support of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and the Portland Winterhawks Junior Hockey program. The Winterhawks also introduced their new initiative, Tom’s Tykes, which was started in remembrance of Tom Gustafson, the founder of the Portland Jr. Winterhawks. The program embodies Tom’s passion for youth hockey by giving every kid a chance to hit the ice.
As a result of the efforts of many in our hockey community, the Winterhawks were able to raise over $50,000 dollars during the two-day event. The Winterhawks would like to thank everyone for their incredible support!
The event included a charity cook out and golf tournament. The all-new event brought together Winterhawks staff, alumni, current Winterhawks and esteemed members of the hockey community.
The Cook out was hosted at Langdon Farms’ Red Shed on August 18th. It included a silent & live auction, a BBQ themed dinner, and was a perfect evening to support two fantastic causes. Throughout the night Winterhawks alumni, current players, Portland Buckaroos legends and WHL off-ice officials mingled with Winterhawks fans for an exciting hockey experience. Canadian comedian Kelly Taylor delighted those in attendance with his hockey themed comedy and had the audience in stiches for much of the event! After Kelly’s performance, it was time for the live auction! Some of the fantastic auction items included:
- A Las Vegas Hockey Getaway
- A Sunriver Rental donated by Lance Johnson
- A Week at an Okanagan Hockey School
- The Ultimate Hockey Experience Courtesy of the Vancouver Canucks
- Canucks Head Coach Travis Green’s personal tickets to a game of the winner’s choice
- VIP passes to watch pre-game skate
- A Portland Timbers Prize Pack
- Team signed Timbers Ball, Scarf and jersey
- A signed Thorns kit
The following day, the Winterhawks hosted their Charity Golf Tournament at the Reserve Vineyard & Golf Club. Winterhawks Alumni such as Anton Cederholm and Tyler Wotherspoon paired with recent Winterhawks stars Cody Glass, Joachim Blichfeld and Brendan De Jong joined in on the action. Some were even auctioned off to golfers in support of our great causes! The course was in fantastic shape and all those in attendance enjoyed a beautiful day in support of two great initiatives.
Special thanks to our incredible sponsors: Adidas, Avid Cider, Bon & Viv, Budweiser, Casa Bonita, Columbia, Cosco Fire Protection, Crowne Plaza, Eleete Real Estate, Finance of America, Gillespie Dentistry, LCD Excavation, Leatherman, Oregon Sports Medicine, Pacific Office Automation, Peterson Wealth Management, Riverside Payments, Sin Fire, TL Remodel, Toyota, Portland Trail Blazers, U Mortgage, West Coast Business Communications and White Claw
Special Thanks to our incredible supporters: Jason Nissen, Lance Johnson, Langdon Farms, Okanagan Hockey School, Pod4Print, Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns, Providence, The Reserve Vineyard & Golf Club, Travis Green, Sammy’s Flowers, Sun Country Airlines, Ty Meissner, Wild Bills, Vegas Golden Knights, Vancouver Canucks