On Saturday many generous people and organizations came together to raise funds at the John Wood Foundation’s annual dinner, auction and dance. The fundraising event was held at at the Maritime Club, located at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown.
By the end of the night, over $21,000 was raised and the money will go towards helping those in News Brunswick with significant physical disabilities in need of financial support.
We, at West Coast Authentic helped the cause by donating sports memorabilia items that were successfully auctioned off during the dinner by auctioneer Marty Forsythe of Sunlife Financial.
Than man behind the foundation, John Wood is no stranger to giving back. He was the top fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy at their Annual walk which raised thousands of dollars.
John, now 32 years old, has been battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy since he was diagnosed at the age of six and although each day is a struggle for him, he still puts others first by actively pursuing ways to raise money for those who are struggling to pay for equipment, medications, travel or home renovations they’ll need to improve accessibility.
We are fortunate to know John and we were proud to be part of such an incredible event.
The Okanagan music community came together on September 6, 2012 to hold a fundraiser for local guitarist Floyd Vedan. Floyd suffered a vicious assault that put him in intensive care in July. The fundraising event drew approximately 700 people and over $10,000 were raised.
The event, organized by Jimmy LeGuiloux, Mark Greenhalgh, Paul Sexsmith, Bernadette Johnston, and Brad Krauza, included musical performances by Zamboni Brothers, Darby Mills (Headpins) and many local bands.
West Coast Authentic conducted a silent auction to help raise additional funds for the cause.
Part way through the night, Floyd got on stage and addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for their support. West Coast Authentic presented a gift to Floyd before he left the stage, an autographed Roberto Luongo Jersey.
Darby Mills and her band finished the night with the Headpins classic, Turn It Load and then it was off to Rose’s pub for the after party where the jamming continued.
“It was a very successful night and we were glad to be part of it” said Jason Bobbitt, owner of West Coast Authentic. “We hope for Floyd’s full recovery and to see his full return to the music scene”.
Floyd, being a self-employed musician, has no income when he is not performing so the event really helped and he was very grateful to everybody, saying ”It’s overwhelming. Honestly. It’s incredible. I’m honoured to have friends like this. The amount of work that went into this and the people that volunteered to do this it’s amazing. I am so thankful to have people like this in my life.”
On August 17, mixed martial arts fans in the Okanagan will have a chance to meet MMA legend and UFC Hall of Famer, Royce Gracie. Gracie will be making a public appearance at West Coast Authentic’s sports memorabilia showroom at 1889 Springfield Road, Suite 225. West Coast Authentic welcomes UFC fans to come down and meet Gracie in person from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For autograph pricing and additional information, visit http://westcoastauthentic.com/upcoming-signings.php
“We have been talking with Gracie’s people for some time now about flying him up to Kelowna for a public appearance” said Jason Bobbitt, owner of www.westcoastauthentic.com “There are tons of MMA fans in the Okanagan Valley and many have not forgotten that it was Gracie who revolutionized the sport by introducing his family’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu style of fighting.”
Royce Gracie burst on the MMA scene at UFC 1 in November 1993 to the dismay of his opponents in this eight-man, tournament format event. UFC 1 had no weight classes, no judges , no time limits and no rules with the exception of no eye gouging or biting. At this very first UFC event a fight only ended by knockout or submission however the fighter’s corner could stop a fight by throwing in the towel and a referee could stop it if there was a severe cut or injury.
Royce was not the Gracie family’s first choice to represent the family’s style of Jiu-Jitsu at this eagerly anticipated mixed martial arts event. Royce, father of Grandmaster Legend Helio Gracie, was the smallest of six brothers however it was brother Rorion who championed the decision to enter Royce into the event over the larger and stronger brother, Rickson. The tournament event was more than just “winner takes all”, it was a battle to determine which martial art style was most effective and what better way to prove Gracie Jiu-Jitsu than having a representative up against bigger and stronger opponents consistently outweighing Royce by more than 50 pounds.
Royce Gracie would go on to win the tournament, defeating three opponents, Art Jimmerson, Ken Shamrock, and Gerard Gordeau in one night and at the same time stunned MMA fans with mysterious, never seen before submission holds on these bigger and stronger opponents.
At UFC 2 Royce repeated the impossible, this time defeating four opponents in one night and winning the second UFC tournament. Royce Gracie continued to send shock waves across the MMA community at UFC 3 and UFC 4 with incredible armlocks, lapel chokes, rear naked chokes, and triangle chokes.
Today Royce Gracie continues to spread the techniques developed by his father through seminars and classes all over the world.
“We are very fortunate that Royce has accepted our invitation and we look forward to welcoming him to Kelowna.” said Bobbitt. “It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for any MMA fan to meet a legendary, ‘No Holds Barred’ champion like Royce Gracie.”
Kelowna and area MMA fans are welcome to come down and meet Royce. He will be signing autographs during his visit so fans are urged to bring a personal item to get signed or purchase items (photos and gloves) available at West Coast Authentic on the day of the event. For autograph pricing and additional information, visit http://westcoastauthentic.com/upcoming-signings.php
About West Coast Authentic
West Coast Authentic (WCA) showcases one of the most extensive and original inventories of autographed sports memorabilia including hockey, MMA, UFC, baseball, football and more.
WCA, a leader in autographed hockey memorabilia, obtaining authentic autographs through exclusive private signings with top NHL players, has expanded to autographed MMA memorabilia in 2010 by securing exclusive contracts with top UFC fighters Jon Jones, Ryan Bader, Ben Henderson, Clay Guida, Carlos Condit, Dominick Cruz, Gray Maynard, Roy Nelson, and Donald Cerrone.
Attending major UFC events and sponsoring UFC fighters, WCA has arranged many private signings for autographed photos, gloves and shorts with non-exclusive fighters such as BJ Benn, Anderson Silva, Frank Mir, Lyoto Machida, Nogueira brothers, Mark Homminick, Rashad Evans, Sam Stout, Jake Shields, Rory MacDonald, Kenny Florian, Junior Dos Santos as well as Octagon girls, Brittney Palmer, Adrianny Celeste, and Chandella Powell.
West Coast Authentic’s access to these fighters has given WCA first right of refusal on many fight worn gloves and shorts which are very popular items on http://westcoastauthentic.com.
There was no question that UFC fans got their money’s worth during Saturday night’s UFC on FOX 4 (ok, it was free) but nonetheless, there was some exciting moments. Looking back, it was a pretty damn good card and it did pretty good on FOX (2.36M viewers) considering being up against that other little event going on right now in London.
West Coast Authentic had all eyes on Ryan Bader, one of our exclusive memorabilia fighters, as he entered the octagon with opponent Lyoto Machida. Bader, coming off a victory versus Rampage Jackson, was carrying positive momentum leading up to this fight however it was not enough and he was soon reminded of the lethal counter-striking of Machida. Bader will learn from this and will come back stronger than ever.
The main event featuring Mauricio Rua and Brandon Vera was an epic battle resulting in a Rua win via TKO at 4:09 of Round 4. The other events were no slouches either, notably Joe Lauzon versus Jamie Varner. Lauzon took both the Submission of the Night and the Fight of the Night, earning himself $100,000 in the process (double cha-ching!).
The Knockout of the Night award went to Mike Swick as he defeated DaMarques Johnson, by, yes, you guessed it, knockout. An extra $50k for Swick, cha-ching!
With UFC on FOX 4 behind us we now we eagerly await UFC 150 this Saturday! Who doesn’t like a title fight? Well, I know for a fact that Frankie Edgar wants his belt back but the question is, will Benson Henderson part with it? Can’t wait to find out! Also on the card Donald Cerrone vs Melvin Guillard, Jake Shields vs Ed Herman, Yushin Okami vs Buddy Roberts and Justin Lawrence vs Max Holloway.
Michael Phelps has more Olympic medals (19) and gold medals (15) than anyone else in history. It’s a shame that the media focuses on a debate about whether he is the greatest Olympian ever or just the most decorated Olympian ever. This should not even be a question for debate, why not just leave it at what it is…. an amazing accomplishment that may never be duplicated for a long, long time.
West Coast Authentic is proud to offer two incredible framed pieces that celebrates the incredible Olympic spirit of Michael Phelps. The first framed piece of combines Phelps SI cover photo and a USA Olympic swim cap autographed by Michael himself and the second piece, a tribute to all-time greats, Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz with authentic autographs of both of these incredible Olympic athletes.
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