On Saturday, February 26, Woolley’s Warriors, in partnership with the Owen Sound Attack, hosted the second WW28 Night at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. The night, complete with custom game worn WW28 jerseys auctioned off in support of the cause, raised a total of $19,620.40. All proceeds raised from the night are in support of Diabetes Canada.
The game worn WW28 jerseys, made possible through the Attack’s generosity, were a big hit, raising over $10,000 of the night’s proceeds in a week-long silent auction. The generosity extended right through to the fans in the building, while with only 50 per cent capacity, donated an incredible $4255 through the night’s Bucket Pass alone.
The infamous Chuck-A-Puck and Silent Auction on the concourse were also big contributors to the night’s success.
“It was obviously a very special night for my family and I, along with everybody else involved. I never would have imagined we would have raised as much as we did with everything else going on in the world right now,” Mark Woolley, founder of WW28 and Attack captain, shared. “A big thank you to everybody who makes WW28 possible and especially to the fans who show their continuous support for such a great cause. I’m very grateful I am able to use my platform in the OHL to do my part and try and make a difference in the community.”
The first WW28 Night was held back in November 2019, a few short months after the launch of Woolley’s Warriors. The inaugural event raised over $2,500 and collecting 10 boxes filled of items for Diabetes Canada. Raising almost eight times more this time around proved to almost justify the wait, which came in the form of postponements in 2020 due to COVID-19.
The night proved to be just as exciting on the ice, with the Attack and the visiting Guelph Storm facing off in an eventual overtime thriller. The Attack emerged with the two points thanks to Sam Sedley netting the winner for a 3-2 final on the board.
Woolley’s Warriors extends a gracious thank-you to all the volunteers, the entire Attack organization, and the fans for making the night such a success – without all of the incredible support received, none of WW28’s efforts would be possible.