The second annual banquet and silent auction to benefit the Coach Sauer Foundation will be held Nov. 1 at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison, Wi. with special guests Mike Leckrone and the gold medal winning US Paralympic hockey team.
Leckrone, who is retiring after 50 years as the band director at the University of Wisconsin, will be the featured speaker. The U.S. sled hockey team will be available as part of a meet and greet which includes an opportunity for fans to take photographs of team members with their gold medals.
Representatives from Team USA, who will be playing exhibition games against the Norwegian national sled team Nov. 2-3 at Madison Ice Arena, will also speak. The team will train in Madison beginning Monday, Oct. 29.
The Coach Sauer Foundation was founded to keep alive the legacy of former Wisconsin, Paralympic and Deaf Olympic hockey coach Jeff Sauer.
Sauer, the eighth winningest coach in college hockey after coaching 31 years at Wisconsin and Colorado College, was passionate about the sport and used the game of hockey to help others. The Foundation is dedicated to providing more opportunities to play the game of hockey and support programs, both able-bodied and disabled, that emphasize the development of youth hockey players, coaches and officials.
In the last year, the Foundation used proceeds from the dinner to help fund scholarships to youth hockey players in the Patriots and Polar Cap programs in Madison, sponsor the Midwest Disabled Hockey Festival for players in three states last March at Madison Ice Arena, and establish the Jeff Sauer Award, which honors boys and state high school players in the state who do humanitarian acts in their community. The first winner of the award, Shane Ryan, a Madison Edgewood graduate, will be at the Nov. 1 event.
To participate in the silent auction, go to: https://e.givesmart.com/events/bC4/i/
When: Thursday, November 1st, cocktail hour at 5:30pm; dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Blackhawk Country Club, 3606 Blackhawk Drive, Madison, WI 53705
Tickets: $100 per person or $800 per group of 8, available online at https://2018dinner.givesmart.com