Five-year-old Hailey, daughter of Kate and Chris Kiker of Centennial, is escorted by Avalanche player Tyson Barrie. Photos by Michael Martin
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Spring is always a treat when NHL players and coaches not only serve brunch to guests at the Avs Better Halves fundraiser, but escort children, 3-18, who have overcome medical challenges, on the runway for a special fashion show.
This year’s Colorado Avalanche event, held at Hyatt Regency Tech Center, hosted 22 children referred by four organizations: Children’s Diabetes Foundation, Children’s Hospital Health Foundation, Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation and Special Olympics Colorado.
Since its inception nearly 400 children have participated.
During the reception, a unique silent auction again featured “favorite things” baskets chockfull of items reflecting each player’s and coach’s personality and taste.
Better Halves in their own chef’s aprons sold “mystery pucks” a treasured keepsake, even if the purchaser didn’t win a grand prize. Proceeds benefitted community programs of the Colorado Avalanche supported by Kroenke Sports Charities.
“Better Halves” Ashley Duchene and Melissa Landeskog sold “Mystery Pucks” during the reception.
Avalanche defenseman Francois Beauchemin was on the runway with 9-year-old Clarissa, daughter of Dominic and Carol Capuano of Englewood.
One of the stations with Avalanche players serving brunch included Rene Borque, Nathan MacKinnon and Mark Barberio.
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