Ticat Fan's 2004 Tsunami Relief fundraiser memories

Hi All;

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


Thanks !

That was a good event, maybe they can do one at the new Boston Pizza at the Centre on Barton or the one on Queenston Rd

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.

Hamiltonians asked to help Japan

Donations to the Canadian Red Cross to help earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan continue to pour in.

To donate through the Red Cross, you can visit http://www.redcross.ca or go to the Hamilton office at 400 King Street East.

Hamilton Japanese Cultural Centre president Mitchell Kawasaki says what is needed most right now is money to get paramedics out to where people are stranded on rooftops.

Officials in Japan say they need medical assistance, food and water.

The Canadian Red Cross says online tools like Twitter and Facebook have raised awareness and that's encouraged more people to donate online.

Spokeswoman Karen Snider says it's amazing how passionate people in the online community are about world issues.

So far, the Canadian Red Cross has raised about 1-million dollars since it began accepting donations.

Four other charities -- CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Quebec and Save the Children Canada -- have formed a group called the Humanitarian Coalition and are accepting donations.

Source: http://www.900chml.com/Channels/Reg/New ... ID=1379407


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.....

Hi Wilf !.....thanks so much for responding with a much needed donation for the cause.

That's cool about the Mike Hogan photo you took.....good for you ! :smiley:

Yes, it sure was special seeing all those CFL legends sitting around and rehashing the old stories.

And if I recall, you drove all the way down from Elliot Lake just for the occasion...now, THAT'S dedication !

Bands line up for Japanese relief effort

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.


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An excellent lineup:

[i]Need to know

What: Japan Benefit Concert, with The Dinner Belles, Simply Saucer, Mike Trebilcock, Buckshot Bebee, Spoiled Rotten, Dylan Hudecki, Electroluminescent and more

When: March 29, 9 p.m. to midnight

Where: This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N.

Admission: $15 at the door[/i]

Very nice ! 8)

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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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