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NHL player arrives in Kelowna as Homebase charity event returns – Lake Country Calendar

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Homebase is back for 2011.

The Gorges-Comeau Homebase Charity All-Star Game and Slo-Pitch Tournament, taking place June 24 and 25, will raise funds for the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. The All-Star Game is Friday night at Elks Stadium, while Saturday’s tournament is at Mission Sports Field.

All proceeds from the event will go to the KGH Foundation’s “We See You” campaign, which was launched earlier this monthto meet the needs of local mental health initiatives for citizens and care providers.

For many people, the importance of mental health has become more widely known in recent years. This state of mind has not escaped that of current and former NHL players.

“Mental health issues do not discriminate. As athletes, fathers, and just regular guys dealing with the pressures of life, we too have found ourselves in trouble at times,” said Josh Gorges, Homebase co-host, former Kelowna Rocket and retired defender of the NHL. “For me, it is extremely important to be able to organize this event to raise much needed funds to support mental health care right here in my home community. »

After the all-star game on Friday evening, there will be an autograph session for the fans. Gorges and Dallas Stars forward Blake Comeau will lead the two teams, which will include current, former and retired NHL players as well as local celebrities. Rosters are yet to be finalized, though past events have included Vancouver Canucks’ Luke Schenn, St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn, Montreal Canadiens’ Shea Weber, Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher, and many more. ‘others.

“We’re excited to bring Homebase back and provide people of all ages and stages the opportunity to get out and have fun, while doing something truly meaningful for our community,” said Chandel Schmidt, Senior Director philanthropic programs. for the KGH Foundation.

Raymond James returns as presenting sponsor of the event.

“Being part of this event is really important because mental health care is for all of us,” says Erica Whiteley, Branch Manager at Raymond James. “We all have the ability to make a difference. All it takes is getting to the plate!”

Tournament play, with the chance to play against Team Gorges and Team Comeau takes place on Saturday. Ticket sales and team registration will open in mid-April. Teams interested in participating are encouraged to contact the KGH Foundation.

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