By Barb McKay and Sean Casey
The Davidson Centre was the place to be Saturday and hundreds gathered in support of a man who is a big part of the community.
Scott McKay, left, holds a signed sweater donated from the recent Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event for Princess Margaret Hospital, for which he was the spokesman. The hospital donated the sweater for Hockey Day in Kincardine, in support of Doug Kennedy. Kennedy is holidng a jersey signed by Bulldogs alumni on Saturday. (Barb McKay photo)
The Kincardine Bulldogs executive and hockey fans came together to hold Hockey Day in Kincardine to raise money for local sports icon Doug Kennedy, who is undergoing cancer treatment.
Kennedy is well known in the area for his work with the Kincardine Bulldogs and the Kincardine District Secondary School hockey teams, of which he was both general manager and coach.
Trevor Clark, executive member and treasurer with the Bulldogs, said that the tremendous donations from the community have been mind boggling.
“It’s a wonderful thing and it proves what a nice community Kincardine really is.”
Throughout the day, there was a silent auction, beer garden and continuous hockey games planned. Kincardine rep teams were paired up against visiting Saugeen Shores.
“We might have a problem with crowd control tonight,” Clark commented early in the day Saturday. “Too many people will want to come in and watch the games.”
The Bulldogs Alumni played a game to round out the evening.
In the afternoon, Shawna Small, owner of InStyle Hair Studio shaved heads for cancer. Clark said he wanted to thank the salon for raising $3,600.
Organizers are still tallying up donations and bar sales, but Dave Patterson, who assisted with putting on the event, said the silent auction alone raised more than $20,000.
“It’s been nothing but an overwhelming success, and it took a lot of hands to make it work,” said Patterson, adding that more than 100 volunteers made the day possible. “I don’t think there is a more deserving fellow.”
On Thursday night, a silent auction held at the Hawg’s Breath raised $2,550.
“Doug is a huge asset in the community and has been for 30 years,” Clark said. “You can just look around and see the appreciation the community has towards everything he has done.”
*Update: According to organizers, Hockey Day in Kincardine raised upwards of $50,000, unofficially. Some bills still had to be paid, and other donations were still rolling in as of Thursday morning, but that was an estimate given to The Independent.