Charlottetown Boys and Girls Club charity event brings out hockey crowd
If you enjoy rubbing shoulders with celebrities from the sports, hockey and music world then the next two weeks represent a great opportunity to do just that while helping the Boys & Girls programs in Charlottetown and Summerside.
On Monday, the 12th annual celebrity dinner goes at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellness Centre in Summerside and the headline guests include Guy Lafleur, Ray Bourque, Mike (Pinball) Clemons, Gerard Gallant, Dave Cameron and ex-Blue Jackets Doug MacLean, broadcaster George Matthews and Jim Rankin among others.
Tickets are $50 and all money goes towards the new Youth Engagement Centre in Summerside. For more information, call 902-303-4884.
Thursday and Friday, the 21st annual golf tournament gets underway at the Belvedere Golf Club with golf both days and the big silent auction and dinner following golf on Friday.
Unlike other years, there are as many singers and entertainers as there are sports celebrities participating. Many of regulars like ex-Blue Jays Al Woods and Dr. Bill Stanish and the older hockey crowd are back plus new stars Adam McQuaid, hot goaltender Antoine Bibeau, ex-Leafs Darryl Boyce, Jackets Brett Gallant, top NHL head coaches Gerard Gallant and Cameron.
Music standouts like Bruce Guthro and Allie Bennett will be golfing and singing, which should make for terrific entertainment.
Money raised helps keep the Boys and Girls programming running all year. For further information, contact Trent Birt at 902-394-1298.
The Toronto Blue Jays are very much in the pennant chase in the American League East and now comes the critical point in the campaign.
The Jays need a quality starter and they have plenty of assets with which to acquire one. If I were in the shoes of GM Alex Anthopoulos, I would trade Edwin Encarnacion even up for a quality pitcher. EE is a quality power hitter and would land a quality pitcher in return.
The emergence of first baseman Justin Smoak, a switch-hitter with power, makes such a trade a must-do. Smoak has eight homers already in limited at-bats, so hitting 25 in a full season is likely. I also like the fact Smoak has power from the left side, which gives the Blue Jays a more balanced attack against good right-handed pitchers.
In local baseball news, the Charlottetown Islanders have finalized their second annual fundraising golf tournament for Tuesday, Aug. 25 at Avondale. For the time being, please circle the date on your calendar and we’ll provide further details later.
Vimy Gregory was not associated with local baseball for decades but once upon a time he was a colourful umpire and base judge in the old City Baseball League. He passed away a few days ago in Montague but fond memories remain. To his wife Janet, daughters Wendy, Sharlet and son Billy my condolences.
Live harness racing continues tonight at 6 p.m. at the city track with a 12-dash card and it’s the final one, as action shifts to Summerside Sunday for Governors Plate week of racing.
The Sunday card at Summerside Raceway features Governors Plate eliminations and should be a dandy.
At the Meadowlands tonight, there are two divisions of the Meadowlands Pace. One has Wiggle It Jiggleit from Post 8 and Wakizashi Hanover next to him on the inside. The other has Artspeak and In the Arsenal together.
At Yonkers, there are divisions of the Lawrence B Shepherd for two year olds.
At Mohawk, the spotlight shines on two-year-old pacing colts, three gold divisions at $70,000 a pop.
Fiddler’s Facts Fred MacDonald