The 8th edition of the annual Private Tyler William Todd’s hockey tournament will take place this coming Friday and Saturday in Plattsville Memorial Arena, some 30-minute drive from Kitchener, Ontario. The annual fundraising event has already collected an impressive $280,000 going towards Wounded Warriors’ mission to “honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, First Responders and their families.”
The event is more than a simple hockey tournament. On top of honouring fallen soldiers, amongst which Private Tyler W. Todd, from Bright, ON, who made the ultimate sacrifice on April 11th, 2010, in Afghanistan, it hosts familial activities, such as bouncy castles, a reptile exhibit, an Easter Egg Hunt, food carts and live local music bands followed by DJs in the evening.
Attendance and participation to all activities are free, included is the Egg Hunt, organized by the local Lions’ Club and scheduled for 1pm on Friday, March 30th. It is still possible to register for the main hockey tournament online at the cost of $60 per person (toddevents.ca), and the organizers would be happy to welcome more volunteers. The public is also invited to contribute by providing items, services, and collectibles for the silent and live auctions. All proceed of said auctions as well as all monetary donations will go to Wounded Warriors’ cause.
John Taylor is part of the organization, “this is a very fun event. The opening ceremony with military and parliamentary presence is scheduled for 6pm on Friday. We have a lot of familial activities planned on top of our friendly hockey tournament. Everyone is welcomed to attend! All proceeds go directly to Wounded Warriors.”
Live Music Schedule:
Friday: Wally Snider (Eastern Folks)
Saturday at noon: Jesse Parent & Phl Bennett (Popular music)
Saturday at 2pm: The John McKinley Band (Blues)
Saturday at 4pm: Chris Demarest
DJs in the evening for a dance party