Legionnaires team up with hospice

The Sarnia Legionnaires will auction off special warm-up jerseys this month with all proceeds going to St. Joseph’s Hospice. Back row, from left are Maria Muscedere, hospice fund development manager, Paul Dusten, chairperson and Larry Lafranier, executive director. Front row, Legionnaires players Tyler Prong, Jay Clarke, Nathan Mater and Kyler Keating. Photo courtesy Anne Tigwell

Barry Wright

For a third straight season, the Sarnia Legionnaires are using January home games to help raise funds for St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia.

Legionnaires director Theo Bet said the connection between the two organizations began when former co-owner Sharon Williamson stayed at the hospice before her death in 2012.

“They are a phenomenal group of people who do a great job,” said Bet.

He said the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League team will wear specially designed warm-up jerseys to be auctioned off after the Jan. 29 home game against the LaSalle Vipers.

The month will also feature cookies when the Legionnaires host its annual Cookie Blast on Thursday, Jan. 22 when the London Nationals are the visitors.

“Our players and fans bring cookies and we sell them for the hospice,” said Bet, noting the initiative is growing every year.

Discount tickets of $5 for any Legionnaires games this month are available at the hospice on North Christina Street with all proceeds going to the hospice.

“They are the most active of any of our fundraising partners,” said Bet. “They are an absolute joy to work with.”

The Legionnaires next home game is Thursday, Jan. 15 against the St. Thomas Stars.

All home games are played at the Sarnia Arena beginning at 7:10 p.m.