Fun was had by all at Ryan Miller’s Catwalk for Charity, as more than 600 people gathered on Dec. 15 to raise nearly $125,000 for The Steadfast Foundation. The foundation, which is the charitable organization of Miller and the Buffalo Sabres, supports local pediatric patients through Carly’s Club at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Since its launch in 2007, the annual event has raised upwards of $1,100,000, which goes towards diversionary fun and psychosocial programs for the youngest patients at Roswell Park and their families.
Fourteen of Buffalo’s finest eateries catered the event under the big top at Cirque du Sabres, whose occupants were entertained by magicians, aerialists, two live bands, and the signature Catwalk starring The Buffalo Sabres. The athletes took the night off from their day jobs, moonlighting as various classic circus characters such as tramp clowns and bearded ladies. Also featured were both the world’s tallest and shortest man, along with Hall of Fame hockey broadcaster Rick Jeanneret as a circus clown and Miller as the Ringmaster himself.
The best of the live auction includes prizes such as a Los Angeles set tour with actor and Buffalo native William Fichtner, VIP tickets to E! Network’s Fashion Police along with a Meet and Greet with Joan Rivers and Giuliana Rancic, and a night in the broadcast booth and dinner with renowned hockey broadcaster Rick Jeanneret.
It was a night to remember as the Sabres and the entire Buffalo community came together to support a worthy cause. Miller and the Sabres are an example for athletic organizations everywhere as they step up and do their part in the fight against cancer.