“This event like you know started in memory of my sister because of the way the Bruins treated [Linda] during her fight with cancer,” said Alex Bezanson, who came up with the concept for the party three years ago. “It’s great to see so many people out here for our third event.
“It’s been getting bigger every year.”
Bezanson has had a close relationship with the Boston Bruins Foundation ever since the Ice & Dice started at the VFW in Abington, Massachusetts. And although the event started small it has always had lot of support from the Black & Gold community.
“We try to do whatever we can for the foundation,” added Bezanson. “They’ve been great to our family.
“Our whole family has gotten involved in it and it’s just a great organization.”
Several hundred fans attended the event at the legendary Boston-area nightspot for an evening that included live auctions, raffles and a chance to mingle with Bruins alumni. Over $12,000 was raised for the Foundation.
Andy Brickley, co-commentator along with Jack Edwards on NESN and a former Boston Bruin gave his endorsement.
|Some of the auction items. |
“The energy in the room has been excellent from the minute I walked in,” said Brickely. “I think people are really enjoying the tables…and the [bonding], which is really what it is really all about along with raising money.”
“I like when people have a passion for what they are bidding on and they seem to have that tonight. You know it’s a home run that’s been hit tonight.”
One of those passionate winning bidders was Mary Freeman, whose prize helped go to fund cancer treatments.
“I won a fishing trip on Lenny Clark’s wife’s boat and tickets to and from the Vineyard,” said Freeman.
“I’m so excited,” she continued. “As a cancer survivor myself I was actually treated at children’s hospital years ago.
“I had a very rare form of kidney cancer and they took such great care of me.
“I love the Bruins foundation - you guys do so much great work and I just had to come.”
Director of Development for the Boston Bruins Foundation, former Boston Bruins forward Bob Sweeney, also agreed that the night had been a great success.
“This is the third year we’ve done this event and the first year we brought it here to the Kowloon,” said Sweeney at the end of the night. “They’ve been great hosts and you know we’re happy to be here.
“We always have good support from our alumni and it looks like we had support from the community up here, too.”