Another reason why Jack Bauer > you
Last night's Luc Robitaille Hallf of Fame Gala/Echoes of Hope charity night was a huge success. And even though I was among the selected few to sit up in the balcony, far away from rubbing elbows with the likes of Alan Thicke, Andie McDowell and Sugar Ray, I had a pretty good time. If for no other reason than to see how the other half lives.
The Echoes of Hope charity itself is pretty remarkable, helping at-risk teens by giving them a chance to succeed at getting an education and bettering themselves. Throughout the evening, video vignettes were shown with some of the recipients speaking highly of Stacia and Luc's generosity. It was also pretty amazing to see just how willing people are at giving money. Granted, these are not your average hockey fans. These are movers and shakers in the community like Ed Roski, the (hopefully) future owner of an L.A. NFL team, and Jim Hill, Channel 2's long-time sports editor.
Bruce McNall came out and spoke about his friend Luc, quipping that they remained friends even after trading him several times. Jeremy Roenick came out and spoke, and took full responsibility for his lack of success on the Kings. "I was the highest over-paid underacheiver. Me and Marc Crawford. Now he's underachieving elsewhere and I'm out of the league."
Throughout the evening, money was raised various ways. There was a limited edition Chuck Jones animation cel of Bugs Bunny and No. 20 entitled Luc Rabbitaille, $500 limited edition HOF Luc Kings jerseys, and other items.
Performance painter David Garibaldi came out on stage and did this Luc portrait quickly on a six-foot canvas. He started off painting swatches of pink, and it evolved into the image you see above. It was pretty cool. No sooner than he was done that Alan Thicke and Andie McDowell came out and started the bidding at $1,000. The bid were flying furiously, with Stacia bidding against other people. Thicke commented that apparently Stacia doesn't have enough Luc memorabilia in her house, which garnered a huge laugh.
Finally, Thicke raised the stakes to $10,000. Asking for someone, anyone to hit it. And there was a lone, gravelly voice from the back. Actor and budding defenseman Keifer Sutherland came to the rescue, taking home this one-of-a-kind portrait of No. 20. I showed my wife the painting and she just cocked her head and asked where one would hang a painting like that.
I pointed out that Kiefer, being a bachelor, probably has a kick-ass game room with signed items, jerseys and helmets. He probably even has a real-size Bubble Hockey machine, with former NHLers skate around for his amusement. (Now we know where Robb Stauber and Tomas Sandstrom are). Finding a place in Kiefer's house for a painting is probably not an issue.