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.