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Kodiaks hosting Black and Gold gala February 11

The Prince George Kodiaks Football Club is rolling out the red carpet for the first-ever Black and Gold Gala in support of the organization’s scholarship programs. Former CFL player and Grey Cup champion, JR LaRose will deliver the keynote address.

“The Kodiaks are all about the development of youth and helping provide opportunities for young athletes to stay at home, play at home, while investing in their future,” said Craig Briere, president of the Kodiaks Football Club. “This event will raise funds to do just that. It’s going to be one of the ‘must do’ events of the year in PG, and I know everyone will have a great time while supporting our Kodiaks.”

The black-tie event, in partnership with the Lheidli T’enneh, will be held at the Prestige Treasure Cove Resort on February 11. The multi-part gala will include live music from Chris Goodwin, silent and live auctions, and a penthouse cocktail party with DJ Ant following the keynote speech. Cara Roberts will be completing a painting live at the event, which will be a spectacular addition to the auction portion of the evening.

“We are full speed ahead in the preparations and it’s going to be a fantastic night,” said Christine Midgley, host and co-organizer of the event. “We’re working hard to make sure this event is one the Prince George community will look forward to, not only this year, but for many years to come. Plus, JR is such a dynamic speaker – he’s sure to inspire everyone who attends, whether you consider yourself a football fan or not.”

Since retiring from the CFL, JR continues to motivate audiences across Canada and the USA sharing personal stories of his football journey and as an ambassador for Indigenous peoples.

“JR is not only a great speaker and former CFL player, but he was also once a junior football player who used that opportunity to further his career and give back to his community – and that’s what it’s all about,” said Briere.

Money raised during the gala will directly benefit young athletes in northern B.C. through scholarships, community supports, and the new Indigenous Play Fund. The Kodiaks Football Program takes pride in ensuring all athletes, regardless of affluence, gender, or other barriers, have access to inclusive programming. At this time, the organization serves young athletes aged five to 22.

“We are excited to partner with the Prince George Kodiaks Football Club on this event,” said Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Chief Dolleen Logan. “The new Indigenous Play Fund will make a positive difference in the lives of Indigenous youth who might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in sports. It’s events like these that truly make our community a special place to call home.”

Tickets for the Black and Gold Gala are available now online through the Tickets North website
and in-person at the box office.

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