Auction raises $5,500

(Photo by Cristina Rucchetta)

(Photo by Cristina Rucchetta)

Wilfrid Laurier’s men’s basketball team gave their star player a little bit more support Saturday, hosting a silent auction in support of the ALS Society of Canada on Saturday.

The fundraiser was held in honour of third-year guard Max Allin’s father, who passed away from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) last month.

The team’s manager Meagan Davis coordinated the event, saying that she found overwhelming support from the community, players and the Allin family.

“A few of the guys and I were talking about just supporting Max and his family and it kind of hit me,” said Davis. “It was on the way back from one of our games and we all turned to each other and were like ‘we should do a fundraiser.’”

Starting at 1 p.m., the fundraiser took place during the Golden Hawks’ basketball games Saturday afternoon.

The event raised approximately $5,500. Items included tickets for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Kitchener Rangers, autographed memorabilia, gym memberships, food packages, appliances and much more.

“I started getting the donations last Wednesday and they haven’t stopped coming in,” Davis said. “I went around to local businesses and then the support from the community has just been incredible.

“The community has come together and it really is an overwhelming feeling.”

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