Parents do a lot for their children, and most of those things are of the selfless-giving variety. It’s not often that helping your kids means cutting a rug and having a drink, but on October 4, family and friends of the Credit Valley Wolves Minor Hockey Association did just that to raise money for the team.
Othello’s Banquet Hall in Oakville, ON hosted the Credit Valley Wolves Dinner & Dance. The event featured a DJ, cash bar, auction, raffle and door prizes to help keep the 140 attendees happy all night. The party raised over $6,000, which will be used to defray team costs for the season such as ice rental and tournament fees.
The Wolves are part of the Mississauga Hockey League. The league, formed in 1946, is currently comprised of over 6,500 players. About 450 teams host those players from eight associations in Credit Valley, Port Credit, Applewood, Clarkson, Erindale, Cooksville, Lorne Park and Meadowvale. Six levels of skilled play are offered by the league so that being part of a hockey team is a possibility for all youths in the area.
The Credit Valley Hockey Association sprang to life in 2005 from the Malton Minor Hockey Association, which started in 1949. Their motto “Hockey, for Fitness, Fun and Friendship” speaks to the association’s objectives of giving children a “fun and safe opportunity to foster the development of hockey and life skills in a positive environment that encourages teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play, and build lasting memories of teammates, friends and accomplishments.”
Association president Robert Day expounds on that statement by saying that they are “involved in minor hockey to pursue the development of youth, not solely as hockey players, but as people. We believe in teaching kids mutual respect applied equally to officials, coaches, parents, teammates, their opponents, and for themselves. Winning and sportsmanship are not mutually exclusive.
Gerald Nebel, one of the event organizers, explains that since it was a relatively small affair they mainly used word of mouth to promote the dinner, and ended up exceeding their goal for the evening. Nebel also says that they were able to have quite a memorable night in their children’s honor. “We had a DJ that played until 2 a.m. So, we closed the place and had a great time!”
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