The horrible news today of the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan made me harken back to the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Indonesia and the response from Tiger-Cat fans, office staff, coaches, former players and the business community who all joined together with the Red Cross for a memorable fundraising event at the Upper James Boston Pizza restaurant on Jan.30/2005.
Aside from the packed house of dedicated fans and office staff, in attendance were:
President Dave Sauve
GM Ron Lancaster and his wife Bev
Head Coach Greg Marshall and Assistant Coaches
Former Tiger-Cat, Tigers and Wildcat stars:
Bernie Custis '51-'54
Ellison Kelly '60-'70
Joe Siepe '44-'45
Bobby Dawson '53-'59
Bill Kyle '46
Mitchell Price '83-'87, '91
Bill Hamilton '55-'57
Fred Hamilton '52-'55
Tip Logan '51-'54
Frank Dilks '52-'53
Zeno Karcz '57-'66
Andy Marshall '50-'51
Mario Mancini '45
Mike Samples '74-'77
Dave Marler '79-'83
Jason Riley '84-'93
After covering some basic expenses, a cheque for $1,000 was presented to a representative of the the Canadian Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund who attended the event.
A silent auction was held with generous gifts donated by the local businesses, fans and the Tiger-Cat organization, not to mention the awesome assistance of Boston Pizza,
A wonderful time was had by all !
So, to continue the great giving spirit of Hamilton Tiger-Cat fans and the City of Hamilton, I urge one and all to help great organizations like the Canadian Red Cross by donating whatever you can to help the people of Japan recover from this terrible disaster.
Please visit the Canadian Red Cross Website to find out how you can help
It was a good day and a lot of fun for a good cause, the only blight was when the fans involved in organizing it started bickering over who deserved what money back and who paid for the name tags, pens, raffle tickets etc...
One funny moment was when Mike Hogan of The Fan590 in Toronto realized he was standing underneath the only "Argo" blue balloon when he was at the bar. All the rest were black and gold throughout the place. :lol:
I never saw so many Grey Cup rings from so many different eras in one place.
Thanks for the reminder of whar was a great day. I met those old players you named, got all their autographs on a poater that hangs in my office to this day. I also had the pleasure (?) of meeting you. woody, ronfromtidgertown, and many others. It has been my hope that we could recreate that day.
I made my donation to the Red Cross today. It's the very least those of us who are more fortunate can do.
Bt the way, that day I took a picture of Mike Hogan standing at that bar, sent it to him, and received a very nice acknowledgment. Cheers, all.....
The Dinner Belles The Dinner Belles will be one of the bands performing March 29 at This Ain't Hollywood in support of Japanese relief efforts.
Jamie Tennant hosts what is probably the only radio show in Canada dedicated solely to Japanese rock music. It’s called Octopus Army and you can hear it Mondays at 5 p.m. on 93.3 CFMU.
“There was one other show years ago in B.C.,? he says, “but I think currently I’m the only weekly radio show dedicated to Japanese music. There’s probably only one or two in the U.S.?
Tennant, who is also CFMU’s program director, is a Hamilton native but developed this peculiar affinity towards bands such as the Zoobombs while living in Nagano during the ’90s. During two years tending bar there, Tennant acquired a partial command of the language and built a lot of lasting friendships.
April 2, 2011
Nakamura got "goosebumps" over turnout for charity event
A swarm of purple took over Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen for an important cause.
Thousands of Ravens fans stood in a line that wrapped around the lower concourse of the stadium to give a donate money for the Japan relief effort in exchange for autographs from players.
Ravens safety Haruki Nakamura, one of only a few NFL players of Japanese descent, organized the event to help the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear power plant disaster afflicting Japan. He said he got "goosebumps" when he saw the amount of people in the parking lot when he entered the stadium.
The event -- which drew an estimated crowd of 3,000 -- earned $60,000 toward emergency relief.
"This just shows how much people truly care," Nakamura said. "It’s not about football players looking to give autographs. This is for something that’s very special. We’re trying to make an impact on a society ‘that’s in grave danger of nuclear issues and with lasting effects of a tsunami. This is what we’re here for. And the fact that these people are here to support that is awesome."
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