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Treasure House’s Game Night Fundraiser Is Not Your Everyday Gala
By Jamie Killin
In just a few short weeks Brenda and Kurt Warner will be hosting their first Celebrity Game Night to raise funds for their charity, Treasure House — a soon-to-open supportive living center for young adults with developmental disabilities.
The event, which will honor hockey legend and former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan, plans to capture the warmth and fun of the Warners’ own living room.
“We wanted to create something different and something that caters to who the two of us are and what we like to do,” said Warner. “It’s going to be kind of like my living room expanded by about 300 people. We’re going to invite them in and we’re going to have a great night.”
One of the highlights of the evening — in addition to the variety of games, food and drink — will be an up-close interview with Doan where attendees will learn more about his life and career.
“We’ll sit down, and we’ll talk to Shane about his career a little bit and get some background and go underneath the surface there,” said Warner. “Then my wife is going to come up and she loves to ask the personal questions — the things that people who may not be huge sports fans want to know.”
Doan, an award-winning athlete who spent two decades with the Arizona Coyotes franchise, is looking forward to the event, and his growing friendship with Warner.
“When Kurt called, it was something that I was excited about. I couldn’t wait to get to know him. He’s talked about with such reverence by everybody,” said Doan. “Over my career you meet a lot of different people, and it’s not too often you walk away more impressed because you kind of put people up on this pedestal. For me, when I met him I got to see that everything everybody says about him is true and it was even more exciting for me to be a part of something like this.”
Warner is looking forward to showing attendees his idea of a good time, which includes a low-key evening with games, laughter and plenty of friendly competition.
“I’ve been to a lot of those galas and they’re great and they do a lot of great things but I’m more low-key than that,” said Warner. “I like to laugh and have fun. People may not know that about me but at home it’s always fun and games. So we thought, let’s create something that’s different. Let’s create something that’s fun; let’s create something that won’t be like anything else that somebody’s going to go to.”