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Wild in Wenatchee

March 11, 2009

Quote of the day: “I think this is the most accessible sports venue I’ve been in”—Ben, talking about Wenatchee’s Town Toyota Center, where Darius saw his first ever hockey game.

After our stop in Chico, it was a long but scenic drive to Wenatchee, Washington.

Usually, Darius and crew are only in any given place for a day or two before moving on.

So Wenatchee was special, because we got to spend a few days working, getting to know the town…

and catching up on some much-needed vegging out time.

Instead of hotel rooms, we got to stay in a great house, and Misty, our Wenatchee host, was the perfect landlord. She owns the house where we stayed and normally rents it out to workers.

Misty, left, had help hosting us from her nieces, Sierra and Crystal (Crystal’s pictured, in the middle), and from Misty’s mom Shirley. Outside of the family, Jeremy and Patrick really worked hard to make us feel at home.

After a couple of days of catching our breath from all the travel, Darius and crew got to attend a Wenatchee High School playoff basketball game.

Our hosts arranged for us to address the crowd at halftime of the game.

After the game, a bunch of students, led by Misty’s nieces Crystal and Sierra (pictured on the far left), wielded signs to advertise the cause to the game’s audience.

Next, the crew made their way to the school’s screening of Darius Goes West, which was just down the hall from the game.

After the question-and-answer session, we went to Abby’s Legendary Pizza for a bite before heading home. If you ever go to Wenatchee, trust us: go to Abby’s and try the taco pizza.

Later in the week, Patrick and Jeremy, on the far right, showed us around the Town Toyota Center, home of the expansion hockey team, the Wenatchee Wild of the NAHL. The Wild are in the playoffs this year and hope to go far. Their 29-18-3 record is incredible for an expansion team.

Jeremy is in charge of ticket sales for the Wild, while Patrick does design work for the team.

Patrick (pictured in the tan jacket just to the left of John) and Jeremy hooked us up for the game with floor seats!

If you’ve never been to a hockey game (which was the case for most of the crew, including Darius, before seeing the Wild)…

tickets right on the ice are the way to go.

During the intermission between the second and third period, Jeremy led us onto the ice. Adam, the Wild’s AV guy, hooked up the DGW “trailer” (The Vehicle) to play, and Logan, Darius, and Jeremy addressed the audience…

Left Wing Duncan McKellar presented Darius with a jersey signed by the whole team, while the other crew-members got pucks signed by players.

Darius’s very own cheering section led the audience to a rousing ovation for D and the crew…

and we lived up our moment on the ice.

After our appearance, we bolted back for our seats to catch the rest of the game. In the picture above, The Wild won in overtime!

The Darius cheering section stayed with us after the game to help sell DVDs and raise awareness. They were so loud during the game that Walt, the Wild’s mascot, gave them a pizza for being the crowd’s most-spirited fans!

We had a lot of fun in Wenatchee, and we look forward to a continuing partnership with our hosts at the Wild and Wenatchee High School in the fight against DMD.

Thank you, Misty, Patrick, Shirley, Jeremy, Crystal, Sierra, and Wenatchee!


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