PRESS RELEASE: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Gary J. Surette Memorial Tournament Weekend Huge Success
Nearly twenty-five thousand dollars donated to cancer charities
Yarmouth, NS – The numbers are in, and the April 7- 9, 2017 hockey fundraiser, organized in memory of Gary J. Surette, a Yarmouth minor hockey coach who passed away from cancer in 2015, was a resounding success. As a result, the Gilles Boudreau and Friends Cancer help Fund will receive $15,767.66, while The Lodge that Gives will receive $9,028.74
“We are so pleased that the people and businesses of the Yarmouth area were so supportive,” said Shelley LeBlanc, President of the Gary J. Surette Memorial Association, the Yarmouth-based group that organized the weekend fundraiser.
The fundraising weekend began with the NHL Alumni game on Friday evening. Some of the NHL’s greatest players, including Ray Bourque, Ron Duguay, and Al Iafrate, took on local players in what turned out to be an exciting game of hockey. Some of the NHL Alumni noted afterward that they were pleasantly surprised by the level of play from the Yarmouth team. Despite that, the final score was 11- 5 for the NHL Alumni.
Approximately 80 people had an opportunity to speak with the NHL Alumni and get autographs during either the pre-game reception or the first or second intermission meet and greet. The Yarmouth Figure Skating Club entertained attendees during the first intermission, while Camille Doucette of Belleville won the chance to shoot the puck into the net and win $500, but not before receiving encouragement and inspiration from Mayor Pam Mood and MLA’s Zach Churchill and Chris d’Entremont. Camille ended up winning the consolation prize.
On Saturday and Sunday, forty-nine local players, divided into four teams, competed in the tournament portion of the weekend. The championship game was played Sunday morning and saw the Bay Ferries team beat the Postech team, with a final score of 4 to 2. The Hector Babin Sportsmanship Award recipient for the tournament was Sierra Scott-Digout, while the tournament MVP was Phil Amirault.
“We sincerely thank the people who attended the NHL Alumni game, the players who played in the Friday night game as well as the tournament on Saturday and Sunday, and all the sponsors,” added LeBlanc. “Without their support and generosity, the weekend would not have been as successful as it was.”
Event sponsors included Thistle Hyundai, Rudders Seafood Restaurant & Brew Pub, Scotiabank, Ocean Pride Fisheries, Carl’s Store and CJLS Yarmouth. The NHL Alumni Pre-Game Reception was sponsored by H.M. Huskilson’s Funeral Homes and Crematorium, while Tusket Ford sponsored the Intermission Meet & Greet, and The Yarmouth Mall was the sponsor of the Intermission Shoot-Out. Team sponsors for the tournament portion of the weekend were Bay Ferries, Postech, Tusket Toyota and Dooly’s. Ice time sponsors included Acadian Plumbing, Heating and Electrical, Arcadia Auto Repair, The Glassman, Graham Construction, Rodd Grand Yarmouth, Steven Jacquard Electrical, and West Nova Fuels. Additional sponsors included L Boudro Fisheries, Garian Construction, IMO Foods Limited, N. LeBlanc Enterprises Ltd.,
Tri-County Veterinary Services, Cassa Business Equipment, Tusket Ultra Mart, Delmar Construction, Vernon d’Eon Fishing Supplies, and The Co-operators Insurance.
The Gary J. Surette Memorial Association is a non-profit organization, formed in memory of Gary J. Surette by friends and family. The association seeks to raise funds to help ease the burden being felt by local cancer patients and their families.
For additional info:
Shelley LeBlanc Kevin R. Surette
902-740-5344 (C) 647-523-8142 (C)
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The Gary J. Surette Memorial Association is a non-profit organization, formed in memory of Gary J. Surette by friends and family.
The association seeks to raise funds to help ease the burden being felt by local cancer patients and their families.