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First of all thank you to everyone who braved the weather and poor winter driving conditions to attend our 12th Annual event – presented by the Jets Alumni in honor of Scott Hornstra. Also a special thank you to all the sponsors and donors for leading the way with first class auction items. The night opened with Jets Alumni Tyson Ford remembering Scott Hornstra who tragically died in a snowboarding accident late in 2017. There were tears and laughter remembering a truly remarkable soul with several members of the Hornstra Family in attendance.
Keith Miller led the evening again as our MC. Former Blue Jay World Series Champ, MLB All-star and current colour anaylist for the Jays, Pat Tabler electrified the crowd with stories of the past and current Blue Jays. His humble and well spoken approach was very easy to follow and inspired young and old in attendance to wake up everyday with enthusiasm. Several Awards and Scholarships were handed out highlighted by the Reno Lizzi Scholarships. Barbara & Yukio Kitagawa continued to inspire the entire Jets organization with a special tribute for the Pennies for K’s fundraiser. Yukio’s accomplishments and drive are truly remarkable.
2018 marked the 3rd Annual induction into the “Wall of Excellence.” Brian Bauman former owner of Sports Connection Source for Sports in Medicine Hat was inducted into the Wall of Excellence. His son Matt accepted the award in an emotional and touching acceptance speech.
The official announcement of the Schwartz Insurance Group Assistance Program. This program will offer $15,000 annually to current and future Jets athletes.
The Award winners are listed below:
- Reno Lizzi Scholarship – Garrett Hawkins
- Reno Lizzi Underclassman – Adam Macko & Chase Florendine
- Coaches Award (newly named Blaine Burbank Coaches Award) – Jaden Griffen
- Sports Connection Scholarships – Ty Penner & Owen Harms
- Schwartz Insurance Group Assistance Program – Dayton Peters
The Jets are also excited about taking our Celebration in Achievement Dinner in June to the next level with several awards and scholarships presented at the event. Date will be announced soon.
Thank you to everyone who attended, donated and sponsored the Banquet. All donations go along way in assisting our student-athletes to Live Their Dreams. Once a Jet….Always a Jet!