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ATB Charity Shootout

ATB Charity Shootout

Posted on: February 07, 2012
Author: Jennifer Sharpe

Nine charities come out winners in 3rd annual ATB Charity Shootout

Eight shooters, one goaltender, 25-below temperatures, and $20,000 awarded to local charities. Despite frigid weather, the third annual ATB Charity Shootout on CTV Edmonton’s Rink of Dreams was a huge hit.

After brutally-cold conditions welcomed competitors for the opening quarterfinal matchups, organizers postponed the semifinals and final by a week. It was the right call. When play resumed in much more favourable conditions, fans in attendance and in their living rooms witnessed the most exciting Charity Shootout final to date.

CTV Edmonton sportscaster Darcy Seaton—representing the Arthritis Society—claimed top spot by edging out ATB Financial’s John Windwick—shooting for the Autism Society—by going three-for-three on netminder and CTV weatherman Josh Classen.

“It’s absolutely wonderful to see all these people come out and cheer us on,” said Seaton, moments after winning $3750 for his charity of choice. “We’ve got the bonfire going, everyone’s having a good time. This is fantastic. What a way for the community to get together, and raise money for some charities.”

The Arthritis Society is an organization close to Seaton’s heart. He suffers from the disease himself after years of playing hockey at a high level.

“A lot of people think it’s the older people who have arthritis, but I’ve had it for a few years now,” he said. “I feel it a lot where I’ve had sports injuries. I can feel it in my hands today. It’s certainly nice to be able to help out the arthritis society.”

“He’s really the face of arthritis that we want people to be aware of,” added the Arthritis Society’s Miranda Jimmy. “A lot of people don’t understand that it can affect anyone of any age. It affects one in six Canadians and over half a million people here in Alberta.”

As in each of the previous two Charity Shootouts, held a contest to allow an everyday Albertan a chance to shoot for their favourite charity. The winner was Charles Malysh, who elected to shoot for Threads of Life, an organization dedicated to helping families who have lost loved ones in workplace accidents. Malysh’s son Josh was killed on the jobsite in 2010.

“This was a great experience,” beamed Charles, who earned $1500 for Threads of Life. “They’re not that well-known in the Alberta/western Canada region. Hopefully this money will help them get the media exposure and everything they need to keep going.”