WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Cam Ward served as the Carolina Hurricanes franchise goalkeeper for many years, helping the team win the 2006 Stanley Cup.
Thursday night, the retired goalkeeper worked various 3rd Annual Wishes beer taps at Waterman’s Celebrity Bartending Event where the proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina.
Ward was no stranger to working with Make-A-Wish.
“When you get an opportunity like this – especially if it’s for a good cause – be sure to jump for it,” said Ward. â€œI know the effects the Make-A-Wish Foundation can create, especially for children. I have had the pleasure of meeting some kids during my hockey playtime in the past, and all of it is for a good cause. Hopefully we can make a good amount of money tonight. “
Ward was another winner, working with local brokers and fellow bartenders to raise around $ 85,000.
Janis Netherland, Director of Philanthropy for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, attended the event and explained how these funds are being put to good use.
“The average cost of a wish is about $ 7,500, and kids can really wish for almost anything,” Netherland said. “Right now we’re fulfilling a lot of wishes for puppies and playhouses and swings and backyard swimming pools and computers – lots of things we can do now during this pandemic.”
Between pouring beer and mixing drinks, Ward signed autographs and stopped for photos with Canes fans.
Ward joked that the latter was the easier part of the night.
“I can’t say I have experience as a bartender so I’m definitely a rookie, but we’ll make sure we have some fun with it.”
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