Katz likely culprit behind mystery $41,000 bid
Oilers owner to dine with actor Kevin Costner
Edmonton Oiler owner Daryl Katz bought the dinner for four with Kevin Costner, auctioned Monday on Global News.
I will eat my Calgary Flames jersey in the foyer of Rexall Place if he wasn’t The Invisible Man.
A woman representing the Oilers successfully bid $41,000 for the dinner supporting the Donna Moore Trust Fund.
Moore, 35, was the woman who died Aug. 1whenthestage collapsed during a storm at the Big Valley Jamboree.
The fund will help her two sons, aged 10 and 16, pay for their education.
Thereisnorecordofawomansigning for a record sum to fill the Oilers badly needed goal-sniper spot.
Therefore, we must conclude the buyer was Katz, chairman and CEO of one of North America’s leading drugstore operators.
Will Costner dine at Katz’s home in Palm Springs or will Katz jet to Santa Monica to visit the singer and two-time Oscar winner?
Take a bow, please
Global’s Lynda Steele should take a bow for raising what will probably be more than $100,000.
On Thursday, she helped raise $10,000 in an on-air auction that included an autographed Kevin Costner guitar.
When a woman offered to pay $10,000 for a second autographed guitar, Costner agreed to sign his name.
On Friday, anot her auction, which included Rod Stewart tickets and an Ethan Moreau autographed hockey jersey, raised $7,000.
“I spent a sleepless night wondering if we were going to raise enough money for a dinner with Kevin,” says Steele.
“We wanted to make it worth his while. I started to freak when the bid stuck at $17,000 for a time.”
Another woman, who wanted to remainanonymous,wasupsetwhen she didn’t win the auction, but called back to say she’d pay $40,000 for a second dinner.
“Kevin was totally devastated by the tragedy and later went to Aspen with his family,” says Steele.
“He was waiting to go on stage when the accident happened.
“We should hear through his Toronto agent in the next 24 hours if he will offer a second dinner. I’m 99per-cent positive he will.”
The Edmonton Oilers had previously agreed to work with CISN radio station and country stars Big & Rich to help the charity.
Ten dollars from every ticket sold to the group’s Telus Field concert Tues., Aug 25, will go to the fund for Moore’s children.
Organizers hope some 9,000 fans will attend.
This way or that way?
A record 4,000 runners have entered Sunday’s Edmonton Marathon and Half Marathon.
But some 180 course marshals are still need to keep runners from wandering off course.
Call 780-433-6062 if you can help.
“The Half Marathon has a very deep field and I expect the winner to post a world-class time of about 63 minutes,” says Running Room president and founder John Stanton.
Fun violence, Irish style
Former Edmonton cop Chris Braiden founded the Shillelagh Cup,anannualrugbygamebetween Edmonton’s Leprechaun-Tigers and the Calgary Irish.
“It dates back to 1974 when the legendary Braiden said we needed a higher level of violence, fun, play and beer drinking,” says Chris Suvan, whose father Norm Suvan founded the Tigers rugby club in 1959.
“Some think Braiden may have been joking.”
The Shillelagh, a wooden walking stick and club or cudgel with a large knob at the top, will be played for 4 p.m., Saturday at the Lep-Tigers ground, 3004 92 Street.
Calgary has won the Shillelagh more times than Edmonton. It could be a tough game. Butthewomen’s firstdivisiongame begins at 2 p.m. Witness violence as an art form.
Zin on the River, anyone?
Zinfandel is a robust red wine, although a semi-sweet rose (blushstyle) wine called White Zinfandel has six times the sales of the red wine in North America.
Red berry fruits, such as raspberry, predominate wines from cooler areas, while blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas.
Discover your favourites on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Zin on the River, where scores of Zinfandel can be sampled in support of the Arthritis Society. Bring a designated driver. The grape’s high sugar content can be fermented into levels of alcohol exceeding 15 per cent.
Tickets: $75. Available at boutique wine stores or by calling 780-4261740.
Lynda Steele with the Kevin Costner guitar auctioned on Global.