Charity Challenge win goes to Salvation Army

Five players from the Abbotsford Pilots junior B hockey club participated an on-ice contest to win money for charity.

Five Abbotsford Pilots players

Five Abbotsford Pilots players

During the second intermission of Sunday’s game between the Abbotsford Heat and the Hamilton Bulldogs, five players from the Abbotsford Pilots junior B hockey club participated an on-ice contest to win money for charity.

The Abbotsford News $10,000 Charity Challenge, sponsored by Save-On-Foods, had invited non-profit groups earlier in the fall to state what they would do with $10,000 for their organization.

Five groups advanced to Sunday’s finale – the Salvation Army, Canuck Place, Abbotsford Hospice Society, KidSport, and the Abbotsford Youth Commission. Each charity was represented by a Pilots player in an entertaining race, which involved players picking up and dropping off bags of groceries. Christopher Vinette won on behalf of the Salvation Army, securing $5,000 for the local group.

Salvation Army public relations director Deb Lowell then had a chance to win a further $5,000 in a shoot-to-win contest, but her shot from the far blue line came up short.