‘Tip a Tip’ benefits local Boys & Girls clubs | SLIDESHOW

LAKEWOOD — Arlington’s Becki Toop was a bit shy around team mascot Lincoln on Feb. 22, but mom Danika noted that it wasn’t for a lack of enthusiasm for the Everett Silvertips, since the family holds season tickets. Moreover, that Wednesday evening was the Toops’ second time attending a “Tip a Tip” night at Boston’s Gourmet Pizza Restaurant.

“The girls really enjoy it, even if they’re too old to say so,” Danika Toop laughed. “It’s very nice that they do this for the community.”

The Silvertips’ second “Tip a Tip” of the 2011-12 season yielded $373, according to Travis Huntington, director of broadcasting and public relations for the team. Combined with the proceeds from Mill Creek, he estimated that the two “Tip a Tip” events this season yielded a total of about $800 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County.

“We try to take every opportunity to pitch in for worthy local organizations,” said Huntington, who reported that 14 players turned out for “Tip a Tip” at Boston’s in Lakewood.

Stanwood Silvertips fan Betty Bauman got center Ryan Chynoweth to join his teammates in autographing the jersey she wore to dinner that evening, making him part of her informal tradition of getting different jerseys autographed by the full lineups of each season’s teams.

Meanwhile, young fans Tekoah and Eddie Holland came from Lake Goodwin in spite of the day’s rain to get posters and pucks autographed, just as they’d gotten shirts autographed last year.

“My son’s been inspired by the team to try and become a hockey player,” said Eddie Holland Sr. “My daughter wants to be a figure skater after seeing them. My sister got us into the Tips.”

“Our fans are crazy passionate, but really nice,” said Chynoweth, a 16-year-old native of British Columbia who’s found his new home-away-from-home a bit more rainy and less snowy than he’s used to back in Canada. “Being on this team is a great experience, and it’s nice to be able to give back to the local community like this. It’s fun to see the fans, and when they ask us to autograph things like jerseys, posters, T-shirts and even phones, it’s a huge honor. Just being able to put on this jersey every day is everything I’d hoped it would be.”


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