The Colorado Avalanche annual Charity Brunch was another success. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon that benefits Kroenke Sports Charities.
The Colorado Avalanche hosted their 23 annual Charity Brunch, put on by the Avs Better Halves. The brunch took place at the Hyatt-Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center. The event is put on as a host for children who have overcome medical challenges.
As part of the festivities, the Avs Better Halves put together a series of crates for each player. They auctioned them off to support Kroenke Sports Charities.
The baskets’ final final bidding prices ranged from $852 (Pavel Francouz) to $3,525 (Nathan MacKinnon).
The Avalanche players are matched up with a child who’s overcome medical difficulties. When the players arrive, they meet their matched child.
The players and children then play together. The Avs Better Halves — player wives and girlfriends — either join in on the play or mingle around with the parents hawking more items for charity.
Attendees can buy autographed aprons and pucks. The event is host not only to the children’s families but to anyone who would like to take part in the brunch and fashion show. Tickets cost $250, which proceeds going to KSE charities.
After a preset play time, the players come out on the runway in the aprons they will wear while serving brunch.
Kyle Keefe and Conor McGahey introduce them.
Around the catwalk are a series of tables that attendees but tickets to. Heads up: The sooner you buy the tickets, the better your seats.
As the name suggests, the event includes a brunch. I’ve never attended, but I believe the usual brunch type fare is involved. The food isn’t really the highlight of the day. Rather it’s the chance to get served said food by the Avalanche players!
Apparently they’re always very generous with the bacon. They also tend to take a “One for you, one for me” approach to said bacon.
Without a doubt, the highlight of the day is the fashion show. The children’s families are given a generous stipend to buy an outfit for the fashion show. The players, of course, put on their favorite suits.
The players then walk the children down the cat walk. As you can see above and in the following pictures, they sometimes strike a pose that would make Madonna proud.
Ultimately, the point of the day is for the children to enjoy their day with Avs players and in the spotlight. I have a friend whose daughter participated one year, and she’s still friends with the player she was matched with.
The Colorado Avalanche Charity Brunch is a chance for all of us to take a breather from hockey. I’m not going to say it’s a time for us to focus on what’s most important because we’re all walking our walk. I don’t know what joy or escape hockey represent to you.
However, the Charity Brunch is a chance to forget about the competitiveness of the sport and watch the players do the thing they maybe do even better than hockey — connect to people, especially children.
Anyway, the Avs are off for a couple more days until their Wednesday meeting with the Buffalo Sabres. Ahead of that game is the trade deadline. Yippee ki yay, er, Go Avs Go.