Perennial Scotties Tournament of Heart competitor and Canadian Olympian Rachel Homan will be joined by former Saskatchewan Roughriders running back and Grey Cup 2013 hero Kory Sheets for the Optimist All-Star Night on Saturday, May 25 at the Cosmo Seniors Centre.
“It’ll be a star-studded affair, there are going to be lots of opportunities for silent auction items and of course a great meal and drinks if you so choose,” said Joe Gunnis with EMJ Marketing, who is working alongside event organizer Gord Currie of the Optimist Club. “Basically, it’ll be Kory Sheets’ first night back up in Saskatchewan for a sports dinner, so the Optimists are excited for that and Rachel will be here, with the 2020 Scotties coming up, it’s a way for people to see her and all the accomplishments she’s had in her career.”
Homan’s appearance could almost be considered a scouting trip at this point, given her level of success and the women’s national curling championship taking place at Mosaic Place next spring. It’s a rare opportunity to meet a Canadian Olympian, said Gunnis, especially given her playing and training schedule
“With players like her, the short window of the season keeps them pretty busy and not able to travel as much to these events,” he added. “It’s really great for her to be able to come out and talk to everybody, she has great stories to tell and obviously she’s been all over the world curling and the other side of the non-curling things, what she’s up to when she’s not the ice.”
Sheets needs no introduction to Roughrider fans, as his 197-yard rushing performance in the 2013 Grey Cup propelled Saskatchewan to their fourth CFL championship.
“Obviously everybody remembers him from the Grey Cup and his dominant performance in that game,” Gunnis said. “And there are many other stories throughout his career and community things that he did when he was up here, so he’s looking forward to coming back and being able to reconnect with everyone in Saskatchewan.”
The All-Star Night will also feature a silent auction with a wide variety of memorabilia and items up for bid, including a Scotties ticket package.
“The biggest thing is all proceeds from the event are staying in Moose Jaw and going to the Optimist Club for projects throughout the city,” Gunnis said.
Tickets are $75 each or $600 for a table of eight. Cocktails are 6 p.m., supper at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information contact Gord Currie at 306-631-9835 or purchase online at http://www.emjmarketing.com/Store.php