CeeBees spread­ing hol­i­day cheer to lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions

Team giv­ing back to com­mu­nity with Chase the Ace pro­ceeds

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The CeeBees are spread­ing as much hol­i­day cheer as they can this sea­son.

The Har­bour Grace Ocean En­ter­prises CeeBee Stars have had a bumpy year through­out 2017. From be­ing named the 2017 Herder cham­pi­ons to be­ing ousted from the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League, it’s been a roller­coaster of ex­pe­ri­ences for the team. How­ever, their hol­i­day cheer has yet to fal­ter.

Re­cently, the CeeBees have been car­ry­ing out what they re­fer to as their sea­son of giv­ing, where the team has made do­na­tions to sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Har­bour Grace re­gion. With their lengthy list com­pleted, the do­na­tions to­tal over $60,000.

Stars pres­i­dent Mark Reynolds spoke with The Com­pass about the do­na­tions, ex­plain­ing that it was the team’s way of giv­ing back to a com­mu­nity that has shown them undy­ing love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion over the years.

“We’ve had a few rough patches this year, and as many peo­ple know, we aren’t play­ing this sea­son. The re­sponse from the com­mu­nity on that, and all the sup­port the peo­ple have shown us is just in­cred­i­ble, and we felt that we should give back, and show just how much we ap­pre­ci­ate that sup­port,” said Reynolds. “This is our com­mu­nity, we’re the com­mu­nity’s team, so this is just a great op­por­tu­nity to give back to them, who have al­ready given us so much. That’s what we wanted to do.”

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that the Stars would no longer be a part of the AESHL dur­ing the 2017-18 sea­son, res­i­dents of Har­bour Grace and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties have not been shy when it comes to sup­port­ing their home team. Ear­lier in the year, a Chase the Ace event was held in sup­port of the CeeBees. Reynolds said the suc­cess of that event was a key fac­tor be­hind their de­ci­sion to give back.

Lo­cal food banks in the re­gion each which each re­ceived $500, $20,000 went to the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia Health Foun­da­tion, and $2,500 was do­nated to the CBN Fig­ure Skat­ing Club. The list of do­na­tions goes on, re­sult­ing in the team giv­ing nearly $70,000 back to the com­mu­nity.

“We’ve been do­ing (the do­na­tions) one at a time, when­ever we get the chance to meet with the groups, shake their hands, take a lit­tle pic­ture,” said Reynolds. “We’re very hum­bled and proud to be able to do this, to give back to the com­mu­nity. No­body asked us to do it, we just felt it was the right thing to do – we cer­tainly didn’t need all the money to op­er­ate.”

While Reynolds and the rest of the CeeBee Stars are hope­ful to get back in ac­tion in the 2018-19 sea­son, Reynolds added that if that were not the case, they’d likely do a sec­ond round of giv­ing.

“We’ve been de­nied a hockey sea­son this year, and re­ally, we’re just try­ing to turn some­thing neg­a­tive into some­thing pos­i­tive, so we called it the sea­son of giv­ing,” Reynolds said.

Drop your bagged items in our red drop boxes lo­cated at:

Pow­ell’s in Bay Roberts, Har­bour Grace and Car­bon­ear, Do­min­ion Bay Roberts and Car­bon­ear, Fresh­mart in Dildo, Crock­ers Esso in Hearts De­light, Drover’s Store in White­way, Hindy’s Gar Bar in Win­ter­son, Gas Land Old Per­li­can, Food­land in Whit­bourne area. For fur­ther de­tails call 1-800-505-5525.

Lit­er­acy

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The Har­bour Grace Ocean En­ter­prises CeeBee Stars have been do­nat­ing to sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions in the area, in­clud­ing the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 23 Har­bour Grace. New­found­land and Labrador Laubach Lit­er­acy Coun­cil is of­fer­ing an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove read­ing, speak­ing and com­pre­hen­sion (in English) in a con­fi­den­tial and con­ve­nient way from home for FREE us­ing the TOTI Vir­tual Teach­ing pro­gram. Reg­is­tra­tion open across New­found­land and Labrador but spots are lim­ited. For more in­for­ma­tion email laubach@nf.aibn. com or call 709-634-5081.

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