By Kassidy Christensen
This past Monday, council passed that the Spider Hockey Society will receive free rent at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Center for its upcoming charity hockey game.
Originally the High River Minor Hockey League had the ice rented for the entire day, but the league allotted a total of nine hours to Spider Hockey for the three games the organization plans to play.
Last year council gave the group $500, and an original grant of $1,000 was being considered for the charity organization.
However, Coun. Al Brander – alongside the other councilors – said, “the efforts this group does and the particular cause they are supporting is worthy of their entire request,” he said.
In the end, the $1,000 grant was overlooked and council absorbed the cost of renting the rink for nine hours at a cost of $120 per hour.
Rob Tudor, co-chairman for Spider Hockey, was surprised by the news and truly appreciates the help they are receiving.
“For this type of cause it is amazing that people from the community can do that and see the importance of what we’re doing,” he said.
The charity hockey games will give soldiers a chance to play hockey with NHL alumni, while raising money for excellent causes.
The Spider Hockey Society supports troops before and after deployment through many different avenues.
Mainly the organization raises funds to help Soldier On, which is a group that assists military personnel and their families through the Military Family Resources Center (MFRC) during times when coping may be difficult.
Soldier On also helps fit amputee soldiers with prosthetic limbs. New this year, Spider Hockey will also raise funds for the Citadel Canine Society.
This is an organization that pairs service dogs with both soldiers and policemen who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The event will take place Oct. 26, 2013 at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Center and tickets are free with donations at the door.
A gala and concert will be held the same night at the Highwood Memorial Center with Sara Curle opening for headliner Jason McCoy. Tickets are $100 for one seat, $800 for a table of eight, or $50 for just the concert.
For those who wish to play it is $500 a ticket, which will include entry to the gala and players get to keep their game jersey.