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Center Ice Country Fair

The Ducks’ annual casino night raised more than $80,000 for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

by OC METRO staffPublished: February 01, 2011

About 650 hockey fans and Orangewood Children’s Foundation supporters recently donned cowboy boots and hats, Western-style shirts and blue jeans, and moseyed on over to Anaheim for a Center Ice Country Fair with the Anaheim Ducks.
   
Honda Center’s hockey rink, usually swarming with large, highly trained athletes carrying lethal-looking sticks, was transformed into a cornfield and fairgrounds for the event, complete with a functioning mini-Ferris wheel and fair games (including a milk bottle baseball toss and goldfish bowl toss). And talented Country Western dancers moved to the music of Merchants of Moonshine.
   
The event – the Ducks’ annual casino night fundraiser – garnered more than $80,000 for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation and gave attendees a chance to mingle with the players, who were easy to spot in their orange plaid shirts. They tried their luck at blackjack – and tried their hand at dealing behind the tables.
   
Several of the County Fair attendees walked away with unexpected gifts. The event’s opportunity-drawing prizes that were up for grabs included Judith Ripka jewelry, a 46-inch Toshiba television, four “glass seats” for the Anaheim Ducks vs. Vancouver Canucks game and a luxury suite for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Honda Center, in addition to an assortment of silent auction items.
   
On the dinner menu for the evening: mini lobster corndogs, fried green tomatoes, pulled pork sandwiches and ribs. And it wouldn’t have been a Country Fair without funnel cakes, pies and caramel apples.


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