Hockey dreams come true with ticket donations

Fill a Seat, Fulfil a Dream with United Way's Dream Seats!The return of the Winnipeg Jets has created a sense of unity among Winnipeggers of all ages, says Amanda Shindak of the Youth Agencies Alliance. “But going to a game and feeling that sense of community spirit and pride, and having a chance to be there with a positive role model, is something that most of our youth will never be able to experience in their lifetime.”

So when they were told they were getting Winnipeg Jets tickets donated through United Way’s Dream Seats program, they wanted to make sure they used them well. “We wanted to make sure that they went to a very deserving individual that has not had the opportunity to attend a Jets game,” says Shindak.

Youth Agencies Alliance created a contest for all of their 19 partner agencies, where one youth would get to go to the Winnipeg Jets game against the New York Rangers on March 14th. Youth were asked to submit 200 words indicating why they thought they should go to the game, and YAA staff reviewed the submissions to make the tough decision.

“The particular youth we selected has been faced with a number of adversities in his life,” says Shindak. “The Winnipeg Jets hold a special place in his heart, and he’s never had the opportunity to go to a game. He shared with us that when he was a child his dad would share stories about the Jets, and he grew to love the game of hockey.  He has always wanted to join a team, but due to financial barriers has been unable to play. He wrote to us that “Going to a jets game would make my dreams come true and soon when I see my dad I would tell him about this story and he would be proud of me”.  We wanted to provide a positive life long memory for him.”

The goal of the Youth Agencies Alliance is to provide youth with entertainment opportunities that they would normally not have access to, in turn creating positive social experiences. Experiences that were once considered unattainable, suddenly offer positive social interaction with a positive role model from their agency.

Thanks to the generous Dream Seats donor who made this possible! We can’t wait to hear how the game goes.

Jersey Day at WRHA

 

WRHA Employees on Jersey Day

Just about everyone in Winnipeg was celebrating when the lockout ended and the Jets came back. But the team at the Winnipeg Regional Heath Authority did more than just celebrate, they saw an opportunity!

Knowing just how much everyone loved their Jets, Jersey Day plans immediately got rolling! By buying a $2 “I’m Dressed This Way for United Way” sticker, explains Jan Murowski of the WRHA, fans could sport their favourite team’s jersey for a day at the office. “We just thought it would be a great win-win idea!” she said. Offices all over the city got on board, including Grace Hospital, HSC, Pan Am Clinic, and many more! Thanks WRHA – and go Jets go!

WRHA Jersey Day for United Way

The ULTIMATE JETS RAFFLE: A Big Win for Team Winnipeg!

Winners of the ULTIMATE JETS RAFFLE!

ULTIMATE JETS RAFFLE Grand Prize Winner Allan Anderson.CONGRATULATIONS Allan Anderson!

As the grand prize winner, Allan & 19 lucky friends, family and members of his church floor hockey team got to see our Jets triumph over Boston on February 17, 2012 from one of the best suites in the house—complete with a $2000 tab!

“I’ve been a Jets fan all my life,” said Allan, a Corporal with the Transport, Electrical Mechanical Engineers (TEME) squadron at 17 Wing CFB Winnipeg. “I was just dropping off flowers for my daughter for Valentine’s Day when I got the call saying I’d won…I was shaking.”

It was his very first game since the Jets’ return to Winnipeg but not his first time supporting United Way. Allan has organized the TEME squadron United Way breakfast for the past four years, raising close to $2000 for our community in 2010 alone. Congratulations Allan!

Congratulations also to our runners-up, each of whom received two premium tickets to select Jets home games:

Jets Raffle winner Mitch.Mitch Marcoux Colorado Avalanche (February 19)

Mitch was actually at a Jets game when he got the call saying he’d won. A sponge hockey player in a playoff race of his own, he wasn’t able to use the tickets himself. But not everyone was sad about that – especially not Mitch’s two sons who went in his place!

Jets Raffle winner Mike.Mike Teillet Colorado Avalanche (February 19)

“I couldn’t believe it,” says Mike. “I was driving to the Jets game with my daughter when I could feel my phone buzzing in my pocket. It’s very exciting. I never win anything.”

It’s fitting his daughter was there for the big moment. Since Mike was in Vegas, she got the tickets. It was her second game but her first time in a suite. Now that’s sweet!

Jets Raffle winner Andrew.Andrew Saramaga Colorado Avalanche (February 19)

Like most Winnipeggers, Andrew Saramaga was really hoping to score Jets season tickets last year. “I wasn’t lucky enough to get in on a set.” But he was lucky enough to win this set. “I heard about the raffle on the radio and told my wife to buy three tickets. And since she’s the one who did all the work, he says, she’ll also be the one to accompany him to the game.”

Jets Raffle winner Carey.Carey Baldwin Tampa Bay Lightning (February 23)

Carey Baldwin and his wife are looking forward to using their winning tickets for a night out. “We just had our second child in January and haven’t been able to get out much. This will be the first time. I think my wife’s more excited than me.” It will also be the couple’s first Jets game. They bought seven raffle tickets. “It’s a good cause.”

Jets Raffle winner Dan.Dan Wuerch Tampa Bay Lightning (February 23)

Dan may have missed out on the opportunity to increase his odds by joining co-workers in a ticket pool, but it all worked out in the end. “It’s kind of funny, 10 of them got nothing and I bought one ticket and I won!”

Jets Raffle winner Lori.Lori Duke Edmonton Oilers (February 27)

This will be Lori Duke’s first Jets game ever and she’s super excited! “I was screaming when I got the call saying I’d won.” She’ll be taking boyfriend Sebastian who’s only been to one game himself since the Jets’ return.

Jets Raffle winner Walter.Walter Ordonez Florida Panthers (March 1)

After reading about the raffle in a newspaper ad during the course of his job at the Free Press, Walter headed straight to United Way’s office on Main Street and bought two tickets.

Not particularly lucky as a rule, he was somewhat sceptical upon hearing he’d won: “I thought you guys were actually lying when you called,” he laughed.

Jets Raffle winner Chris.Chris Burch Florida Panthers (March 1)
It’s not for lack of trying that Chris Burch and her husband haven’t been to a Jets game yet. “We were on the computer last year trying to get tickets like everyone else, but no luck.”

And while their luck appears to have changed, the couple aren’t pinning their hopes on taking home the 50/50 pot – one of Chris’s co-workers already did that at her first Jets game, winning something like $41,000. “We’ll never win the 50/50 if someone at work has already won it.”

Jets Raffle winner Wanda.Wanda Trent Florida Panthers (March 1)

Wanda and her boyfriend Gary have only been to one Jets game this season and they had to fly all the way to Phoenix to see it. “We couldn’t afford to see them here for the opening game so we flew down to Glendale where my dad just bought a trailer.”

The day before collecting their winning tickets, the couple was at MTS Centre to see Deep Purple and used the opportunity to check out the view from their seats. “It’ll be great,” said Wanda – especially for Gary: “He’s a huge fan. He got every single Jets thing for Christmas.”

Andrea Sherry Buffalo Sabres (March 5)

Andrea tried to get Jets tickets for her son Ian’s ninth birthday in January. “I couldn’t get them and no one who had season tickets wanted to give them up. He will be thrilled!”

It’ll be the first Jets game for the young hockey player. “He has two Jets jerseys – he’s right into it.” Sherry bought her winning raffle ticket from a co-worker at Wawanesa. “I don’t normally win things so I’m pretty happy.”

Steve Besant Buffalo Sabres (March 5)

In December, Steve Besant had an opportunity to see his first Jets game in 20 years. “It was a real treat – just as loud as I remembered.” He extended the same opportunity to a loyal customer and good friend by generously gifting his winning tickets.

Jets Raffle winner Marjorie.Marjorie Matsyk Buffalo Sabres (March 5)

“Thanks very much for having the draw,” says Marjorie Matsyk. “Do it again next year.” Marjorie and three others went in as a group and bought four tickets in hopes of sharing the grand prize. With the exception of one, the same group also shares a pair of season tickets. Though Marjorie won’t be the one using the winning tickets, she’s very excited for her friend.

Jets Raffle winner Robin.Robin Grant Dallas Stars (March 14)

Robin Grant bought his tickets at St. Vital Centre. He’ll be taking his daughter who’s almost 11. “She likes hockey. I used to take her to the odd Moose game when she was younger, but she was more interested in looking at the people around her. Now it’s more about the game.” It was his daughter who broke the news by calling him at work. “She asked if I had anyone in mind for the other ticket,” he chuckles.

Fred Enns Dallas Stars (March 14)

Fred Enns has never been to a Jets game but watches every game faithfully on television, which is how he first came to hear of the raffle. His daughter suggested he go online and purchase tickets. For the good advice, she will be Fred’s “plus one.”

Jets Raffle winner Greg.Greg Catteeuw Carolina Hurricanes (March 18)

“I’ve been to two games. My oldest son has seats with a group way up in P7, which is too high for me. And a buddy has seats in P4. That was much nicer. But these will be nicer yet!”

As it turns out, Greg Catteeuw won’t be the one sitting there. “I’ve got two sons who live in Winnipeg and they both want to go, so I think the democratic thing to do would be to give them the tickets.”

Apart from being an extremely generous dad, he’s also a fan of United Way. “Even if I didn’t win, it felt good knowing I was still supporting a great cause.”

Visit sweetseats.ca for prize details

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Top 6 holiday gifts that keep on giving (to Winnipeg)!

Stumped for that perfect stocking stuffer?

Check out these gifts that all donate proceeds to United Way.

1. Ultimate Jets Raffle tickets

ULTIMATE JETS RAFFLE tickets!

You’ll be a hero to your Jets-crazed friends and family members, especially if they win! The grand prize is truly grand: a box seat for 20 with a $2000 food & beverage tab!

Get tickets now!(Tip: select the option to ‘pick up in person’ to guarantee you’ll have them in time to stuff stockings!)


2. Hand-crafted guitar signed by the Winnipeg Jets

Win a hand-crafted guitar signed by the Winnipeg Jets.

Do the Jets rock the world of someone on your holiday list? Travel Manitoba is auctioning off this beautiful guitar.

Bid Now!


3. Hilary Druxman sterling silver Giving Stone

Hilary Druxman's Giving Stone.

Inspired by a pebble from Lake Winnipeg, the Giving Stone reminds us that even our smallest actions have the power to break the surface and set ripples in motion.

Get yours now!


4. Ace Burpee’s 10 Days for United Way

Ace Burpee's 10 Days for United Way Christmas Auctions.

Ace & his crew at HOT 103 are auctioning off all kinds of amazing prizes over the next week—from a New Years Eve Jets package to a chance to meet a WWE Superstar!

Call the Bidding Hotline now: 989-5298


5. Jet Rock Anthem

Ace Burpee's Jet Rock Anthem.

Available at Giant Tiger, Ace Burpee’s ode to the return of the Jets makes a great Secret Santa surprise!


6. Celebratory Gifts to United Way

Make a celebratory gift to United Way.

Did you know you could make a donation to United Way in someone’s name or to celebrate a holiday?

Make a gift now & we’ll send a card!

Bid to own a guitar signed by the Winnipeg Jets!

 

Do the Winnipeg Jets rock your world?

Rock on with a custom electric guitar signed by the team’s players.

Bid to own a guitar signed by the Winnipeg Jets!

Travel Manitoba is auctioning off the instrument on eBay, with proceeds to United Way as part of their workplace campaign. Bidding starts on December 15 and ends December 19.

Made of solid wood and fully playable, the guitar would make a great gift for a hockey fan, musician or collector – all while helping build a stronger, safer, healthier Winnipeg.

The guitar was built by École Selkirk Junior High students in the BOSS (Building on Student Success) Guitar Works program, in collaboration with Travel Manitoba and the Winnipeg Jets. It features the autographs of the inaugural team and is affixed with the full-colour, trademarked Jets logo.

Since the fall of 2010, BOSS student and staff volunteers have helped to raise more than $52,450 for several charities and organizations by building custom guitars for auction. Past BOSS guitars have been signed by musicians from Randy Bachman, Hedley, and The Beach Boys to other celebrities and public figures including Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President Bill Clinton and others.

Skylar makes Jets history with a Dream Seat.

Sklyar and his dad at the Jets home opener.

My name is Skyler. I’m 12 years old and I would like to thank you so much for the tickets to the home opener for the Winnipeg Jets game vs. the Montreal Canadians.

We had the best seats you could ever imagine. We sat in Section 106, Row 4, Seats 18 and 19.

It is so cool to be part of Jets history by being at the first game in 15 years.

My favorite part was when they introduced the team. The building erupted with cheering. It was so loud.

I was born with spina bifida and have to rely on using a wheelchair, so opportunities like this don’t come along very often. To be so up close and personal was so awesome.

This was an opportunity of a lifetime and I want to thank you so much for allowing me to be part of it.