Katz likely cul­prit be­hind mys­tery $41,000 bid

Oil­ers owner to dine with ac­tor Kevin Cost­ner

Edmonton Journal - - CITY PLUS -

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.”

Al­ready help­ing

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.

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