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Hebb named guest of celebrity dinner in Prince Rupert

The Prince Rupert Regional Community Foundation is hosting the 2014 Celebrity Dinner Fundraising Event on Sunday, March 9, the foundation's annual fundraiser that draws the stars to Prince Rupert.

Over the years, the event has included John Furlong, Rick Hansen, Iona Campagnolo and more, with Chris Hebb, a born and raised Rupertite, being this year's guest speaker.

Hebb is a digital and broadcast executive who spent 11 years with Orca Bay Sports, owners of the Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Grizzles and General Motors Place, and was senior vice-president of Broadcast and Content for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, one of the largest sports and entertainment companies in the world.

"He's a homespun boy, he was a Rainmaker and then went on to become a Victoria Vikings basketball player, winning the Canadian Nationals for universities in his senior year. He's got a really strong sports background," said Doug Kydd, chair of the foundation.

Prince Rupert born-and-raised journalist Gloria Macarenko, who currently hosts CBC News Vancouver, will once again emcee the event. Macarenko was the celebrity guest at the foundation's first celebrity dinner and has come to Prince Rupert every year since to emcee.

Money collected will help the foundation provide grants to Prince Rupert groups. Funds accumulated will be added to the foundation's principal fund, which is never touched. Instead, the group provides grants to applicants from the interest earned on the fund's base.

The 2014 Celebrity Dinner Fundraising Event will take place at the Crest Hotel, with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Those interesting in attending the event can contact Doug Kydd at (250) 624-2617.

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