The Vancouver Canucks will once again attend the Sports Celebrities Festival tonight at the Vancouver Convention Centre held in support of the Canucks for Kids Fund and Special Olympics BC. The Sports Celebrities Festival will featuring local sports members of the Vancouver Canucks, Canucks Alumni, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS), BC Lions (CFL), comedian Brent Butt and Special Olympics BC athletes.

Every year the overarching theme of the event is to empower athletes with intellectual disabilities to gain confidence, acceptance and recognition. The Sports Celebrities Festival presented by Silver Wheaton is about celebrating the power of sport to create champions, unlock potential and break down barriers.

Each year a member of the Vancouver Canucks a Special Olympics athlete comes together to share a story with over 600 attendees. My favourite story to date is of The Smithers Duo, where Ben Walker explains how much his hometown hero Dan Hamhuis means to him. Both hailing from Smithers, British Columbia, Ben now sports the logo that Hamhuis sports on his chest tattooed on his arm.

This must-attend fundraising gala brings together Vancouver’s most prominent sports celebrities and influential members of the local business community to support two fantastic charities. Prior to the dinner, Canucks players will participate in photo booth sessions and fan-interactive games, including the always fun ‘Pucks for Bucks’ and a Nintendo Wii gaming zone.

She was hooked after the first shot off her aluminum Gretzky hockey stick at 13 years old. Growing up playing competitive hockey in Vancouver, British Columbia has inspired her to coach in addition to playing. She is currently the Vice President and Assistant Coach of her alma mater Simon Fraser University for the women's ice hockey club. Upon graduating with a BBA, she has found a way combine her love of sports, mainly hockey, with her career. She has worked with the BC Lions and still works for the Canucks for Kids Fund on game days coordinating one the best 50/50 programs in the NHL. In a nutshell - Ovechkin over Crosby, Vancouver Canucks are my #1, New York Rangers are my #2...and she bakes cakes (the Cake Boss type).

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