78-year-old Zag fan finally gets his ticket to the Kennel

After spending the last 3 years trying to score tickets to a Gonzaga men’s basketball game, Richard Schaffer learned there would be a seat for him Tuesday night inside the Kennel – all thanks to an anonymous donor who was touched by a post on Facebook.

The 78-year-old has been a Zags fan for decades but when his wife died 6 years ago, watching the games on TV became rather lonely.

“It was tough, but we go on with our lives,” Schaffer said. “She’s in a better place.”

Schaffer (or Skeeter) as his neighbors call him, lives alone with no family in Spokane. Ever since his wife passed away, his neighbor, Jeannine Burns, has walked across the street to watch the game.

“And then we sit here and shot together,” Burns said. “Yes, we scream at the TV.”

But in their comfortable recliners, the two always wondered what a game inside the Kennel would be like. Weeks ago, Burns posted to Facebook asking friends how she could get tickets.

“Just give me a clue on how I can get a ticket,” Burns said.

Little did she know, that post would yield more than a clue. Rick Clark, founder of Giving Back Packs, saw Jeannine’s post and decided to go out on a limb.

“We all know in Spokane it’s really hard to get tickets,” Clark said. “I’ve seen crazier things happen with social media in Spokane, and within the first 24 hours we had a couple people step forward.”

An anonymous person, touched by Jeannine’s love for her neighbor, decided to donate his pair of court side tickets.

Clark surprised Schaffer Tuesday with the news.

“I’m excited,” Schaffer said. “That’s about all I can add. I can’t believe it.”

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