The Okotoks Dawgs are known for not just hitting home runs on the field – but away from the diamond too with their constant contribution to the community but none other than support shown to the Canadian Cancer Society with their Breast Cancer Auction game that was held this past Sunday, August 4th, 2019.
The Dawgs ball-players sported pink, breast cancer themed jerseys for the 12th time dating back to 2008 when the club began to host the annual event in support of breast cancer with the Canadian Cancer Society.
This has become one of the first games each season to sell out next to Canada Day and Fathers Day – it is always one of the more popular games that fill Seaman Stadium to max capacity, just over 5,000 spectators.
“A number of our fans and partners have been touched in some way by breast cancer, several of our players and coaches over the years have mothers, aunts and grandmothers who are breast cancer survivors,” says William Gardner Vice President and Promotions/Special Events of the Dawgs.
“Part of our original mandate as an organization was to give back and support as many community initiatives as possible.”
Gardner continues: “So many have been touched by this illness and we are very pleased that through our fans we’ve been able to work with excellent local organizations to help with research and raise awareness.”
The first Breast Cancer event was held in 2008 wherein that time period, the total money raised for cancer research and awareness to date is approaching $400-thousand.
“The game is very important to us for many reasons- we have raised nearly $400,000 since we began which is just incredible,” Gardner said.
The amounts raised have ranged from $15-25 thousand over the years according to Gardner. Last year, the total was estimated total was $22-thousand whereas this year is around $11-thousand.
“Any amount we raised is a huge success- the Canadian Cancer Society was very pleased with the response from our fans yesterday and over the years. The support of our fans always makes this a special day and every event has been a success.”
While the Canadian Cancer Society is one of the more successful and high profile events, they are one of over 1,100 charity groups and not for profit organizations the Dawgs support each year.
“Every one of our events is a huge success. As we are reminded it is not always about the monies raised but the awareness raised and the spirit of the event.”