When you think of hockey players, you think of tough guys with missing teeth. Guys who put their heart and soul into games and aren’t afraid to get roughed up doing so. You think of goaltenders standing in front of 80 mph shots. You think of clothing and catwalks … wait, what?
It turns out Sean Avery isn’t the only guy in the NHL with some fashion sense. Sabres’ goaltender, Ryan Miller, has a taste for it himself. His Michigan clothing store, The Refinery, features plenty for label whores to drool over including Seven for All Mankind, True Religion, Nicole Miller and Hugo Boss. And on November 21, Miller is leaving his crease to take on the runway. The best part? It’s all for a good cause.
Miller is hosting the Steadfast Foundation’s fifth annual Catwalk for Charity next month in downtown Buffalo. The show will feature fellow Buffalo players strutting their stuff in clothing from The Refinery, as well as styles that tie into the event’s 80’s theme: Reason to Rock. Think Slap Shot but without the flashing.
Catwalk for Charity is Steadfast’s largest fundraiser. Money is raised through sponsorship, ticket sales and silent and live auctions with proceeds going towards programs that improve quality of life for young cancer patients and their families.
“The way the community and my teammates gather around ‘Catwalk for Charity’ to support people battling with cancer is incredible,” Miller said. “Each year the event’s sponsors, performers and attendees really step up and make this a memorable evening and a creative way to raise money for The Steadfast Foundation. Being a big music fan, this year’s rock n’ roll theme is definitely close to my heart.”
The Steadfast Foundation provides support for cancer patients and their families to give them the best environment possible to help battle their disease. It has made a significant impact in the Western New York community through the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Carly’s Club. Miller has raised over $650,000 for the Foundation and has received numerous accolades for his work, including the 2010 NHL Player Foundation Award and the Jack Kemp Award for Community Service.
The Vezina-winning goaltender’s partnership with Steadfast goes beyond the desire to simply do some good. His younger cousin, Matt Schoals, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006. He passed away at 18 years-old in 2007, inspiring Miller to reach out and help the cancer community.
Catwalk for Charity kicks off at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Ballroom in downtown Buffalo. A limited number of tickets were released to the public on October 15. For more information, visit thesteadfastfoundation.com or follow the event on twitter at twitter.com/catwalk4charity.