By Tim Kalinowski
The Grey Cup will be coming to the Redcliff Senior Citizens Centre on Feb. 14 between 5 and 6 p.m. Those coming out are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to support the Medicine Hat & District Food Bank.
Mayor Ernie Reimer said it wasn’t too difficult to convince Redcliff raised Edmonton Eskimo Nate Coehoorn to make an extra stop in town with the Cup.
“Nate Coehoorn grew up in Redcliff. His parents, I believe, once owned and operated a greenhouse in town for an extended period of time… After watching the Grey Cup in Winnipeg with my son back in November, I thought wouldn’t it be nice to give Nate something to commemorate his achievement in helping to put Redcliff on the map. I got a hold of Nate a few days after the Grey Cup win and asked him if he wouldn’t mind doing this for us. He got back to me a few weeks ago to say if we were interested he could bring the Grey Cup and spend an hour here in Redcliff with us.”
Reimer hopes many in town will come out to congratulate Nate on his achievement, see a legendary Canadian sports trophy in person and donate generously to help the food bank at the same time.
“I don’t know if Redcliff has ever had something like that her before. It’s going to be an exciting time for us to have some photo ops and autographs. We have some plaques to give to Nate to congratulate him… It’s also important to help out when the economy is so poor. There is a lot of people in need. There’s probably over 100 families using the food bank here in Redcliff.”