Bubble Hockey Night for SickKids 2016 – Steam Whistle Brewing
On Monday, February 22, Toronto’s sports, business, and entertainment elite all gathered at the Steam Whistle Brewery for the inaugural Bubble Hockey Night for SickKids. Some were there to spectate, some were there to participate in one of the sixty-four two-player teams competing on classic dome hockey tables in pursuit of the 2016 SickKids Cup.
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“Tonight’s event is about dedication and creativity,” said Dr. Michael Apkon, who works at SickKids, “Our caregivers include a special community who willingly share their passion for making a difference in the lives of our children. Without SickKids supporters like you, we wouldn’t have the kind of resources that it takes to be the kind of institution that we are.”-One that is a critical resource for Ontario and for the country of Canada.
Government funding only goes so far, and the SickKids hospital relies on donation to go above and beyond the standard pediatric care and provide the most advanced treatment and research to help a child and his/her family through the experience of injury, illness or recovery.
Apkon thanked all the guests and the presenting sponsor RBC Capital Markets, Katie Taylor (Director & Chair of the Board of SickKids Foundation & RBC representative), Joanne O’Hea and David Dal Bello (of RBC Capital Markets), for their dedication to the event.
“Through events like these, you are helping us turn our vision into reality, and that vision is simple, to have healthier children and a better world, and you’re all a part of it,” Apkon added.
The fun and one-of-a-kind event brought together NHL alumni and hockey legends Rick Vaive, Ron Ellis, Wendel Clark, and Johnny Bower, to support the cause.
Guests indulged in bar food like pizzas, sushi makis, burgers and shrimp skewers catered by The Food Dudes, washed down with wine and Steam Whistle beer, before witnessing the sponsors compete against each other. Oysters XO girls circulated the room and refueled the athletes with creamy and flavourful Beach Angels shucked right on their metal mesh gloves.
Competing sponsors each received a package with a hockey cape and a goal. Additional goals could be purchased throughout the night at $1000 each during the group stage and $2,500 each later in the evening.
Team Scotiabank eventually brought home this year’s SickKids Cup and will be returning it next year with Scotiabank’s name written on it.
Bubble Hockey Night for SickKids 2016 successfully raised an incredible $170,000 for the SickKids Hospital’s most urgent needs.
The charity event is the most flexible source of funding for SickKids with the most potential to better children’s health condition.
Did you know…
– One in a hundred of kids is born with a congenital heart defect and SickKids hospital successfully treats ninety-eight point five percent of them.
– The survival rate of pediatric cancer has increased from ten percent to eighty percent over the past fifty years at SickKids hospital.
– The SickKids Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Program is set to cure allergy in ten years.
(photos by Terrence)
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