Hockey and Valentines.

Although it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as “love and marriage” and it doesn’t seem to go together like a “horse and carriage,” the two have come together in a Learning

Disabilities Association of Yukon (LDAY) fundraiser.

“This is a very unique event – the masterpiece of many creative minds,” says Ria Tromo, acting executive director of LDAY.

https://blob.metropublisher.com/api/blob/232/downloads/889/download/wuyfeb11p11.jpg?cb=bc73ccaff3e470cae018efe044d1736cShe barely touches down in her chair before she gets up to retrieve a box filled with homemade valentines.

“I love to make things … totally love to make things,” she smiles as she pulls out a card and stands it on the table. The cards will be sold at the fundraiser.

It’s for camp, over winter break, for children with learning disabilities, she says.

In past years, the camp has included activities such as bowling, skiing, ice climbing, visiting Carcross desert and the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. “Sometimes there’s an overnight … a winter campout.”

Tromo says the “chocolate and hockey extravaganza” will make this all possible.

It’s a family event. There’s something for everyone. “It’s more fun to create a family event,” says Tromo. “I’m ‘the chocolate’ and my husband’s ‘the hockey’ … and we’re not the only family like that.

“Which is not to say,” she adds, “that women don’t love hockey or play hockey.

“We’re also bringing in a marriage commissioner so people can renew their commitment or their vows to each other.”

LDAY will have a photo booth so happy couples may commemorate the occasion.

“So it would be really neat if people showed up in their wedding dresses [Tromo hands me a photograph of herself and husband Glenn Mills and tells me that she made her own dress. The photo was taken to promote the hockey/valentine fundraising event.

Chocolate desserts will be made by some of LDAY’s “fabulous friends”.

A kids’ table will host “some really safe activities for kids to do that aren’t too messy,” Tromo laughs, saying that one of her first jobs, out of high school, was at an LDAY camp.

The highlight for hockey fans will be the auction of what Mal Malloch, LDAY’s board president, calls “vintage” posters, matted prints autographed by hockey giants the likes of Guy Lafleur, Bobby Hull and Yvan Cournoyer, and immortalized prints of some of hockey’s greatest moments: Clash of the Titans (1975) and The Shot Heard Around the World (1972).

The auction will also feature art and gift certificates donated by local businesses.

But what excites Tromo most about the multifaceted evening is the benefit for children. “We accept our [she really stresses the “our”] kids for who they are – as they are … as part of the LDAY family.

“In a really fun way, we’re giving kids an opportunity to learn new social skills … have a break … have fun.” That’s what the camps are all about.

Stick Handling Through Love: A Chocolate and Hockey Extravaganza fundraiser will be held Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. at The Old Fire Hall. The auction begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call LDAY at 668-5167.