GW Graham holding first football fundraiser

Former BC Lion stars Rick Klassen and Kelly Lochbaum are in Chilliwack Saturday night for a GW Graham football dinner and silent auction.

Former B.C. Lions Rick Klassen and Kelly Lochbaum will be the special guests at a Saturday evening G.W. Graham football fundraiser.

A dinner and silent auction will be held at the Rendevous Restaurant in Chilliwack. Tickets are $20 each, with $10 going to help GWG pay for the sharp-looking Nike uniforms they will wear when they hit the field this fall. Tickets are good for a souvlaki dinner with Greek salad.

Klassen’s local football ties go four decades back to the 1970s, when he suited up for Sardis secondary school.

Klassen went on to Simon Fraser University and then a lengthy career with the Lions. He won a Grey Cup championship in 1985, with his Lions beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 37-24 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Lochbaum had a productive career as a linebacker with both the B.C. Lions and Calgary Stampeders after graduating from the University of North Arizona Lumberjacks.

A sixth round pick of the Lions in the 1997 CFL draft,  Lochbaum’s first stint with BC lasted from 1997-2000.

He spent one season with Calgary before coming back to the Lions from 2002-05. He was considered a standout on special teams.

Lochbaum was born in White Rock but played high school ball at W.J. Mouat in Abbotsford.

Tickets for a chance to meet either of these guys are available by emailing Laurie Smith at