Bucs to lend a hand at ‘Capes & Tiaras’ party

The Central Alberta Buccaneers are going to be lending a hand at the upcoming Ronald McDonald House fundraiser

The Central Alberta Buccaneers are going to be lending a hand at the upcoming Ronald McDonald House fundraiser ‘Capes & Tiaras’ party.

The team is going to be assisting in fun family activities, with a few lucky members dressing up in superhero and princess garb.

The party is taking place on March 29th at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, with all proceeds from the event going to the Ronald McDonald House operations expenses.

“The event planner Amy Sim got in contact with us, and after speaking with our chairman, Todd Lewis, our team is going to be at the event to help out with the games section and those sorts of things,” said Darrin Thompson, manager of communications for the team.

“The Buccaneers are very much community-minded, and community driven. We, as a team, love to give back to the community. This is another opportunity for us to do that. Recently, we helped with the LAPA gala and that was a blast and this is also going to be an exciting time.”

The event begins at 12:30 p.m. and will host a variety of games and entertainment for families, including mini-games and football-themed booths hosted by the Bucs.

Kids can get up close and personal with the Buccaneers as they learn football skills like throwing, catching and footwork.

Paige Jones, one of the organizers for the Capes & Tiaras party, said people in the area surrounding Lacombe are among those who use the facilities the most because the Lacombe hospital cannot accommodate things like high-risk pediatrics and high-risk pregnancy care.

“A lot of the families in the area use the Ronald McDonald House and the main thing that people don’t realize is that it’s not just an accommodation.

“They also provide meals for the families up on the pediatric unit. Those people can’t leave their sick babies or children, so they have hot meals provided for them. The hospital can’t provide meals for families, so Ronald McDonald House does,” Jones said.

“The other thing we try to do is get gift cards and those types of things so that we can give those to the families as well.

“They get cards for gas, and groceries and things like that because not only are they going a hard time with a family member being sick, but often times there are also financial struggles there as well.”

The event is sold out and there are no tickets available at the event.

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