Kyries bash to raise breast cash

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Kyries Hebert is throwing himself a birthday party, and you're invited.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers safety will host The Big Birthday Breast Bash at the Osborne Village Freehouse on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Proceeds from the event, which is being held in conjunction with CancerCare Manitoba and the Never Alone Foundation, will go to breast cancer research.

"I saw a commercial and the stats on breast cancer and how many women lose their lives over it," Hebert said. "It was just amazing to me that we haven't found an answer for that."

Hebert, who actually turns 26 tomorrow, has decided to make his birthday celebration a philanthropic event every year. Last fall, when he was in Ottawa playing for the Renegades, proceeds from his party went to Hurricane Katrina victims.

The Bombers play host to the Calgary Stampeders at 6 o'clock on Oct. 21, and the doors to the party will open at 9:30 p.m.

"We're celebrating my birthday, we'll be celebrating a win, which is our last home game before the playoffs, we'll be supporting breast cancer research and it'll be a great party," Hebert said.

"You get a chance to party with the Bombers, and the Labatt Blue Lightning will be dancing and doing their thing for entertainment, so it's going to be a great time."

Since pink is associated with breast cancer research, Hebert is asking all party-goers to show up wearing that colour. In fact, tickets at the door are $10 if you're wearing pink and $12 if you're not.

Boatloads of autographed Bomber gear will be raffled off, DJ Spitz, of the Winnipeg group Mood Ruff, will control the music and you'll be able to get up close and personal with your favourite Bomber.

"We'll be sending out VIP invites to all of the players, and hopefully they'll all be attending," said event planner Jessica Scott.

The entire Freehouse floor will be used for The Big Birthday Breast Bash, but Scott is encouraging folks to get their tickets now. They can be purchased in advance at The Pita Pit on Bannatyne Avenue or by calling Scott at 294-1987.

Scott, who owns and operates Yessica Events, said it will be one of the best bashes in the city this fall.

"I'm very excited," she said. "I only like to throw parties that I would want to go to."


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