It was a terrific weekend for all involved when Kyle Lotzkar hit town Dec. 9-10 to help the Comox Valley Food Bank. Some 15 boxes of food and clothing were collected.
“Kyle had an amazing weekend and was greeted and treated well at Fluid Bar and Grill who treated Kyle and his guests to dinner and drinks and also contributed $50 toward the food bank,” said Marc St. Jules, a longtime friend and trainer of the Cincinnati Reds’ pitching prospect.
“BodyNetix held onto their cash box and bins as clients kept bringing in donations days following the events. The Purple Onion lunch-in was a great meet, eat and greet with some special guests showing up and die-hard baseball fans for whom Kyle was happy to field questions.
“Purple Onion co-owner Rosa, also from Guadalajara where Kyle had won the gold medal with Team Canada at the Pan Am Games, had much to talk about,” St. Jules said.
“The evening was a bang as Kyle and company went to a fashion show fundraiser, the UFC fights at the Avalanche Bar and Grill…all in all we left no stone unturned. Kyle looks forward to coming back again next year and wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday and the best year possible,” said St. Jules.
A highlight for Lotzkar came at the Purple Onion when he got to meet two of his heroes – Canada’s favourite adventure couple Colin and Julie Angus and son Leif.
The National Geographic Adventurers of the Year were just back from completing their Olive Odyssey, tracing the roots of the olive, nectar of the gods. “Kyle originally met the couple back at my Fitness Retreat in 2007 and has been following their careers. It was great to have them show up at the Purple Onion,” St. Jules said.
The food bank echoed a big thanks to St. Jules for Lotzkar, and St. Jules noted the people and energy down at the food bank were very special. “The Comox Valley is simply amazing for the multitude and magnitude which it pulls together from all angles.”
St. Jules notes the spirit of holiday giving continues with a Two Nights Before Christmas Homecoming Semi-Formal event tonight (7:30 p.m. Native Sons Hall) while will feature local entertainment by Steelhead and DJ Miss Kristina Klassen.
This is a fundraiser for YANA and the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Drive. It is also designed to raise awareness for St. Jules’ Anti-Bullying Campaign, as for every man who wears a pink shirt $5 will be donated to the Comox Valley Transition Society.
Tickets ($25 advance/$30 at the door) are available at Fitness Etc., The Romance Shop or through Jonny Mac and Anna Mayo. Free shuttle rides home will be offered from 12:30-2 a.m. Compete details are on Facebook.