The Colorado Avalanche and the Avs Better Halves hosted their 21st annual Charity Brunch Sunday, playing games with children who've overcome medical challenges, serving brunch and walking the runway in a fashion show with the kids.

Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie said, "Speaking on behalf of the guys, it's our favorite event of the year. These kids are so amazing. I just met Tatum, who I'll be walking down the runway with, I can't believe how happy she is. I want to smile like she does all the time."

These children are the heroes, inspiring the Avs players and everyone around them with each smile.

"Sometimes you take life for granted and you take things for granted, and hockey's just a sport, so this is much bigger than that," Barrie said.

The Avs Better Halves -- the wives and significant others of the players and coaches -- also put together "favorite things" baskets featuring the individual Avs' favorite items for a silent auction. Baskets included candy, hockey sticks, favorite foods, Rockies baseball hats and much more.

The proceeds from the event benefit the community programs of the Colorado Avalanche supported by Kroenke Sports Charities.