By Fred Wilmot

Seattle, WA - Local Seattle lacrosse enthusiasts and partygoers alike filled the Experience Music Project on March 13 listening to great music and watching Lacrosse on a fifty-foot video screen for the first time. EMP was a vibrant display of local lacrosse culture as the Seattle lacrosse community pulled together for a Lacrosse Charity Event and a great party. Benefiting youth Lacrosse through US Lacrosse local Washington Chapter, LaxBash was designed to gather the lax community in Seattle to celebrate and contribute to the sport.

STX's Scott "Hochy" Hochstadt was on hand to MC the event and lead the auctions of autographed gear from the NFL's Seahawks, NBA's Sonics and Lacrosse legends from all over. Competitive bids reached as much as $400 for a team USA helmet, won in a bid-off by local goalie great Hugh Barber. Many other items drew high dollar donations as well.

Even though this was the first year of this event it was incredibly successful in bringing the Men's' and Women's' games together as one sport, all while raising money for local youth programs. In addition, in true lax style, both men and women players rocked the house until they were asked to leave. Three bands pumped up the crowd during the fundraising festivities as people moved to the music with drinks in their hands.

Everyone in attendance left with a smile on their face and a piece of lacrosse gear under their arm-yet another Lacrosse success story. Topping off the evening was the STX/e-lacrosse presentation of Western region "Man of the Year" to Matt Cone for his tireless efforts to grow the sport here in Washington. Cone and his family have sold thier house and are heading out on a year-long familty trip and lacrosse tour of Europe. We'll see them in August as the Cone Family RV pulls into Amsterdam!

Matt Cone in Perth, 2002

Sponsors of the LaxBash event included STX, Warrior, Bridgeport Barrage (MLL), Colorado Mammoth (NLL), Adrenaline Lacrosse Camps, and other local companies who donated items for auction. I have no doubt LaxBash birthed a new Northwest tradition to party Lacrosse style in the name of a good cause.

The lacrosse fanatics at Wimmer Solutions organized LaxBash. Wimmer Solutions is an IT staffing and outsourcing firm that employs players from a number of local Lacrosse teams and are dedicated to growing the game in Washington.

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March 28, 2003