Kinsmen announce guests for dinner

by Derek Cornet

It’s official.

The Meadow Lake Kinsmen Club will bring former National Hockey League player Dave “Tiger” Williams and former Saskatchewan Roughrider Scott Schultz to speak at their fourth annual sports dinner June 12.

Money raised will help Lakeview Elementary School in Meadow Lake enhance its playground, but the size of the project hinges on how much the local Kinsmen can collect.

Club president Evan Haubrich said, in the past, the group has been instrumental in raising funds for an accessible playground at Jubilee Elementary School, so members decided to stay with the same theme.

“We want to raise money to make the future brighter for our kids,” he said. “The dinner really helps promote awareness in our community about what the club is all about.”

Last year, the event was held in April, which had a noticeable effect on the number of sponsors the dinner received. Haubrich noted the date was changed back to June to garner more support. When the event had been held in June, he said more people attended and more businesses came forward to donate.

A new sponsorship format has also been introduced for 2015 where the club is looking at selling a variety of packages – ranging in value from $500 to $2,000. There will be two platinum sponsor opportunities for a business that will be able to sit alongside celebrities Williams or Schultz.

Tiger Williams, who was best known for his role as an enforcer, is a former professional hockey player who retired from the NHL in 1988. He grew up in Weyburn, was drafted into the NHL in 1974 and played for five teams – Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, Los Angeles and Hartford. While in Toronto, he broke many Maple Leaf and NHL penalty minute records and led the league in penalty minutes twice with 338 in 1976-77 and 298 in 1978-79. He also is the record holder for most NHL penalty minutes, including playoffs, at 4,421 minutes.

Scott Schultz is a former defensive tackle for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Born in Moose Jaw, Schultz was the first-round pick in the first round of the 2001 Canadian Football League draft. He went south to the National Football League initially and was on the off-season squad for the San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers. From 2002 to 2009 he played for Saskatchewan, garnering CFL All-Star status in 2005 and a Grey Cup ring that same year.

“We always like to have one Roughrider come and, when we were looking for a marquee speaker, a contact recommended Dave Williams because he was one of the best on the circuit,” Haubrich said, adding the club is still searching for a local sports celebrity to promote at the event.

Thousands of dollars are expected to be raised at the dinner and Haubrich said the majority of donations will be given to the school. Lakeview principal Dawn Paylor, who was happy to learn the Kinsmen Club selected the school to be a benefactor this year, said she’s already dreaming of what addition would be beneficial to the school grounds.

She’d like to see a natural playground area built from logs, dirt and other items. Paylor would also like to see trees planted and have the playground look more rustic. She noted, however, it’s too earlier to finalize details because the amount of money they’ll receive is still unknown.

“It’s amazing how clubs and businesses are thinking about giving to the school to enhance our playground,” Paylor remarked. “It’s something used by our own children, but also when I drive by in the evenings, there’s always children playing. People even come out to spend time with their families on the weekends.”

The school’s latest playground apparatus was built in 2012 and still has many years of use left.

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