Distinguished curlers team up with fundraisers for a good cause at Four Seasons Curling Club

An inaugural celebrity curling tournament at Four Seasons Curling Club brought together one of the broadest and most well-known collections of curlers to take part in an event to benefit the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota at the Blaine ice sheet. The Lupus Spiel tournament ran Friday through Sunday, May 2-4.

A pro-am event brought together the top five individual and team fundraisers with a skip of their choosing for the tournament that included several Olympic and world champions.

Curler Daniel Ostheimer releases the stone during Friday's opening round of a weekend-long tournament to benefit to raise funds and awareness of Lupus. Photo by Jason Olson

Curler Daniel Ostheimer releases the stone during Friday’s opening round of a weekend-long tournament to benefit to raise funds and awareness of Lupus. Photo by Jason Olson

A silent auction included game-worn curling jackets, professional hockey memorabilia (game-used and autographed sticks from former Fogerty Arena skaters Nick Bjugstad and David Backes) and more.

Media games and contests continued Saturday with a draw-to-the-button contest.

Four Seasons director of communications and club member Regan Mizuno has Lupus, and has seen an influx of support to help support the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota’s work that results in progress to find a cure for Lupus.

The innaugural Lupus Bonspeil at Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine included a comprehensive silent auction with bids going to support Lupus Foundation of Minnesota, May 2-3. Among the auctioned items were match-worn curling shirts and jackets from world and olympic champions, autographed equipment, autographed pucks and sticks from Nick Bjugstad, David Backes and other professional hockey players.

The innaugural Lupus Bonspeil at Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine included a comprehensive silent auction with bids going to support Lupus Foundation of Minnesota, May 2-3. Among the auctioned items were match-worn curling shirts and jackets from world and olympic champions, autographed equipment, autographed pucks and sticks from Nick Bjugstad, David Backes and other professional hockey players.Photo by Jason Olson

“Money and efforts go towards lupus research and medical student education programs, which respectively result in new drugs, new studies of drugs coming in the future, and earlier, life-saving diagnoses,” Mizuno said. “The world will be a different place in terms of lupus within my lifetime, thanks to everyone’s support, and the support going to organizations such as the Lupus Foundation of MN, a group that is very active in research and policy.”

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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