Paint Night in support of Togo Terriers

Persons wishing to indulge their “inner artist” are going to have that opportunity at a Paint Night.

Local artist Dustin Wilson, who plays centre for the Togo Terriers men’s recreational hockey team, will be hosting a Paint Night fundraiser on March 1 at the Legion Hall.

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The featured painting will be “a sunset with northern lights in the sky.”

The ticket price includes all art supplies provided on site, and some refreshments including pizza, munchies, coffee, water and pop. The number of participants is limited to 50.

Tickets may be bought at Bucks Dollar Store, from Alison Stefiuk or Wilson. Proceeds will be directed to purchase accessories for the Togo Terriers hockey team players’ uniforms.

This year the Terriers are planning to participate in the Phoenix Cup hockey tournament in Phoenix, which runs from April 5 to 7. The team will be matched to play against others of the same skill level during the three-day event.

“The Terriers have played together for several years,” Wilson said. “I’ve played with the team for the past two. Last year the team played at a tournament in Nashville.”

The tournaments are hosted by CHE (Canadian Hockey Enterprises.) The organization has teams who participate in tournaments all over North America.

In Phoenix, the team is guaranteed to play three games at the Ice Den, home of the Arizona Coyotes, said information on the Internet. At the end of the tournament, the divisional champion team will receive the “Phoenix Cup” and gold medals, and finalists receive silver medals.

“We play the game for the enjoyment of the sport,” Wilson said. “The rec hockey division is not about being super competitive, nonetheless that is a component to the sport. The Terriers have had a good season so far.”

Adult rec hockey gives thousands of Canadians the opportunity to continue enjoying the game after their minor hockey career has come to an end, the information said. The organization has teams who participate in tournaments all over North America.

A portion of all fees are donated to the CHE Cares Fund. “We want to give back to athletes, families, and communities who demonstrate that their role in the athletic community promotes self confidence, courage, and responsibility,” said information on its website.

“CHE Cares is a fund that focuses on giving financial support to individuals, organizations and causes in need, within North America. A portion of all sales is collected and donated annually to such causes including financial support to a family in crisis with a connection with Canadian Hockey Enterprises, warming houses from coast-to-coast during the winter months, causes related to tragic accidents within North America or anything that we feel will help lift humanity in times of need.”

The Terriers will be leaving from the Regina airport on April 3, and returning home on April 8. Wilson encourages anyone interested in trying their hand at painting to come out and enjoy the evening and take home an original work of art, while helping to support the Togo Terriers.