Hundreds Lineup for Stanley Cup
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 8:26 AMby
Hundreds wait for picture with Stanley Cup, over 16 hundred dollars raised for Special Olympics.
(Owen Sound) -
The cold, rainy weather didn't stop hockey fans in the Owen Sound area.
Nearly 500 people waited in line to get their picture taken with the Stanley Cup behind Owen Sound City Hall on Tuesday afternoon.
LA Kings Director of Amateur Scouting Mike Futa brought the Cup to the Scenic City to say thank you to the fans and his former team -- the OHL Attack.
Futa says he always thinks of Owen Sound as home because his three daughters were born in the City and the Attack owners gave him an opportunity as an executive.
The rainy weather only allowed Futa to keep the Cup in Owen Sound for an hour before having to leave for Toronto after he started the day in Midland.
Futa says he was blown away by the size of the crowd when he first arrived in Owen Sound just before 2 PM.
Close to 17 hundred dollars was raised for the Special Olympics program as fans donated money to get their picture taken with the Stanley Cup and also through a small silent auction.
Futa also donated 500 dollars.
Adrienne McLeod and her son Derek of Owen Sound rushed to City Hall to make sure they got a picture with the Cup.
Derek's fourth great grandfather was the first trustee of the Stanley Cup and took a picture with the Stanley Cup and a smaller cup that's stayed in the family from 1893.
A busload of students from Timothy Christian School also got a picture with the historic NHL Championship trophy.
Constable Chris Hartley from Owen Sound Police appreciates the support for the Special Olympics program.
He notes the athletes also had a great day because of the chance to get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup.
Stanley Cup Appearance Raises Funds for Special Olympics
The Owen Sound Attack, in partnership with Bayshore Broadcasting, Owen Sound Police Services and the Owen Sound Special Olympics team is pleased to announce that over $1500.00 was raised on Tuesday afternoon for Special Olympic athletes in Owen Sound.
Mike Futa, Director of Amateur Scouting for the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings was generous enough to choose Owen Sound as the destination for his afternoon with the Stanley Cup. Hundreds of people turned out to the pavilion behind City Hall to have their picture taken with Lord Stanley’s Cup, a once in a lifetime opportunity for some.
“We are extremely grateful to Mike for allowing the Attack and the City of Owen Sound this incredible opportunity.”, stated Attack Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Brent Fisher. “Despite a little damp weather, the event went off without great and we are thrilled that Special Olympics, the Ontario Hockey League’s Official Charity could benefit.”
Fans were able to have their picture taken with the Stanley Cup for a minimum donation of $2.00 to the Owen Sound Special Olympics. Mike Futa also made a personal donation to Special Olympics of $500.00.
“Mr. Futa sure made his Stanley Cup celebration something pretty special for our local Special Olympic athletes.”, stated Chris Hartley from Owen Sound Police Services. “Not only did the generous members of our community donate almost $1,600 to Special Olympics but the athletes also had the chance hang out with members of the Attack and also get up and close with the cup and touch a piece of history. This is just another fantastic way that our city supports and encourages each other to be their best, no matter what their abilities”
The Attack wish to thank Mike Futa for his willingness to bring the Stanley Cup to Owen Sound and also a special thank you to Fred Wallace of Bayshore Broadcasting and Chris Hartley of the Owen Sound Police for all of their hard work.