On Saturday, July 8, eQuinelle Golf course was the site of the Ben Hutton Celebrity Shootout, with all proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society of Lanark Leeds and Grenville. The full-day event began at 11.30 am with a bbq lunch, before the shoot out kicked off. An evening dinner, silent auction, live auction and presentations rounded off the day.
Celebrities from the world of sport were on hand to accompany each group, including Olympians, players from the Leafs, Senators, Bruins, Canucks and Lightning. Lumber Joe from the Redblacks was there, as was Damon Bennett from the Mike Holmes Show. Ben Hutton, of the Vancouver Canucks, and a Gold medal winner for Canada at the 2016 World Championship, has a personal link to the Alzheimer issue, which has affected his own family. He knows this community well, having played with the Kemptville 73’s from 2008 until the 2011-12 season.
Among the items in the live auction were three hockey sweaters: one of Ben Hutton’s, signed by the entire 2016-2017 Vancouver Canucks team; and one belonging to Austin Matthews, commemorating the Game against the Senators in which Austin, in his first NHL game, scored four goals. The third sweater was a signed Wayne Gretzky Edmonton sweater.
There was a large assortment of sports memorabilia and other things in a silent auction. At the end of the evening, Ben Hutton presented a cheque for $15,000 to Bobbi-Jo White (Fund Coordinator for the Society). The speakers for the evening were David and Josephine Herman, who were able to put a face to the efforts of living with Dementia.