The 7th annual Teddy Bear Toss in memory of Joni Arnett takes place this Saturday, March 14 at the El Paso Rhinos hockey game as they face Dallas at 7:30 p.m.

Joni, who was a dear friend of mine, tragically lost her life nearly 8 years ago.  She was a former model, UTEP professor, and well respected member of the community.  In honor of her memory Joni’s parents established the annual Teddy Bear Toss which has been an overwhelming success the past 6 years. Rhinos fans are asked to bring a teddy bear to Saturday night’s game against Dallas.

When the Rhinos score their first goal of the contest fans will throw their teddy bears on the ice.  The teddy bears will be collected by El Paso Rhinos officials and then the El Paso Police Department and El Paso Fire station will donate them to children in crises.  The game begins at 7:30, fans should arrive no later than 7:00 to get a seat and enjoy an evening of hockey, teddy bear tossing, and, most importantly, celebrating Joni’s life and helping children in need.

I encourage everyone to attend this wonderful event.  Joni was the type of person who made a difference in each and every person's life that she came across.  This special event ensures that Joni will live on in our memories forever, and she certainly deserves this annual heart filled tribute.  SWJ! (Soar With Joni)