SIOUX CITY | Brady Ferner has waited tables only twice in his life.
Thursday night will mark the third time for the captain of the Sioux City Musketeers. The Dakota Dunes native will be among the Musketeers who will serve as waiters for the 21st annual Face Off For Charity, which begins at 6 p.m. on the ice at the Tyson Events Center.
Ferner and his teammates will serve an Italian style dinner presented by Spectra Food Services and Hospitality. All proceeds will go to the Sioux City Boys and Girls Home. Musketeers president Rich Zaber said $550,000 has been raised since the event began in 1989.
“It’s a neat experience because you get people coming to dinner, they come for the auction and they’re willing to donate,” said Ferner. “You get to connect with them on a personal level. It’s a night where we get to turn hockey into something bigger than hockey itself.”
Doors will open at the Tyson Events Center at 5:30 p.m. The meal costs $25. Those partaking in the meal will have opportunities to bid on both silent and live auction items.
Zaber credits two key individuals from the Sioux City Boys and Girls Home for their contributions to the last of the Musketeers’ five charitable events (others are Lapdog Races, Teddy Bear Toss, Pink In The Rink and Military Appreciation Night) for the season. Art Silva, the CEO and president, along with executive vice-president of development Terri Dooley, annually collect items for both the silent and live auctions.
Among the auction items, according to Zaber, is meat from Tyson Foods. Other items up for auction include Green Bay Packers tickets, Chicago Cubs tickets, Musketeers season tickets and suites for use at Musketeers games. There will be several other items as well.
“This is a residential treatment agency for at-risk teens,” said Zaber. “We want our team to understand their value, their purpose and why we feel our part to help them. You see they have troubles and difficulties. We’re glad to help with Face Off For Charity to help them grow.
“It’s a great event where our team and our players serve dinner to help raise money for the Boys and Girls Home where the kids are not as fortunate as us. For us to help raise money for this is a fantastic thing for our community.”
Ferner has career totals of four goals and 22 assists in 123 games as a Musketeers defenseman. During the present and the past, he and his teammates have toured the Boys and Girls Home.
In fact, Ferner (2 goals, 8 assists this season) serves as a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Home along with two of his teammates, defenseman Dorian Dawson (1, 3) and forward Hayden Rowan (2, 6).
“Terri Dooley, the executive vice-president, does a lot with this event,” said Ferner. “She’s a big fan of the Musketeers. She comes to a lot of games. We got to talking with her about how we’d love to help. She was more than willing to let us come down and from there, we kept coming back.
“This is an unbelievable event to be able to help with something really special on our end on behalf of the Musketeers,” he added. “It’s bigger than hockey. It’s bigger than yourself. It’s something special, that’s for sure. Volunteering … you get to see firsthand what the kids go through. It makes you not want to take things for granted. It makes you thankful for what you have.”
Following Saturday night’s home game against the Youngstown Phantoms, an auction of Musketeers jerseys will be held. A portion of the proceeds from the jersey auction will go to the Sioux City Boys and Girls Home, according to Zaber.