Celebri­ties ev­ery­where

Char­lot­te­town Boys and Girls Club char­ity event brings out hockey crowd

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Fred Mac­Don­ald’s col­umn ap­pears ev­ery Satur­day in The Guardian. Mac­Don­ald can be reached at fid­dlers­facts@hot­mail.com.

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.

Base­ball

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.

Con­do­lences

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.

Har­ness rac­ing

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

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