By Britton Ledingham, Airdrie Echo
A new football club is hoping to get in on the Leprechaun’s pot of gold this weekend.
The Airdrie Irish Football Club is hosting its first silent auction fundraiser at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary on March 20.
“This is our major charity fundraiser for our team,” said club president Matt Squires, adding 25 per cent of the proceeds are earmarked for Airdrie Minor Football.
“We’d love to see north of $10,000,” he said, adding it’s a shot in the dark, but he has done seen that amount come in for other charity events and would like to beat it.
Tickets are $25 for the event, which runs from 7-10 p.m., and includes dinner, and Kahlil Carter, the Calgary Stampeders new defensive backs coach as a special guest speaker.
Items up for bid include a golf vacation to Pebble Beach, California, a trip to the Italian Tuscany Villas, an L.A. Raiders jersey signed by ESPN’s pick for the greatest athlete of all time, Bo Jackson, and a Green Bay Packers jersey signed by Super Bowl winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Calgary Stampeders has donated a helmet that will be signed at an alumni golf tournament, and the Calgary Flames donated a signed stick.
The Irish had its first outdoor practice in Calgary in early March as the team is waiting until the grass is dry in Airdrie to work out at home.
So far there are about 45 players on the roster, and Squires said the team is open for more.
There will be four regular season home games, starting with the team’s home opener at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park versus the Grande Prairie Drillers on June 13, to be televised by Shaw on Channel 10.
“We have a really attractive schedule for the fans,” said the president and fullback who wrapped up his 10th season last fall with the league’s Calgary Wolfpack.
The Irish’s season starts on June 6 in Calgary versus the Gators, with one more game scheduled in Calgary, one in Edmonton and another in Fort McMurray.
The Irish released its new football helmet last week.
The players hope to have a showing at the all-star game and in playoffs, and they have a chance, as last year’s runner ups at the national championship were the Wolfpack.
Season passes are available for $20 each, good for any of the team’s four home games.
For more information on the team, sponsorship opportunities and league updates please visit www.airdrieirish.com.