Curling for Sick Kids

Hogtown-bound: Ferbey, Jones, Gushue and Howard

April is not only the month for various world curling championships; it’s also the traditional time of year for celebrity charity events.

Some of these events – like the House of Hearts in Duluth, MN – are still growing. Some, like the Spinal Tap, are still new to the celebrity aspect. Others are struggling a bit, and could use a refresh… and sadly, some legendary events – like the Heart to Heart in Thunder Bay – are long gone, if not forgotten.

Now there is a new event coming to metro Toronto, but it’s not slated for next April.

The event, as yet unnamed, takes place in just a month, on June 4-5 and get this: it’s almost full. A week ago there were 18 individual spots remaining, and as of last Thursday that had shrunk to just eight spots.

And all of this without much promotion. Until now, of course.

The list of celebrities is impressive. As the Facebook page indicates, current curling superstars Brad Gushue, Glenn Howard, Randy Ferbey and three-quarters of the NEW Team Jennifer Jones will be there… as well as future stars Rachel Homan, Brad Jacobs and the budding (spudding?) PEI starlets Erin Carmody and Geri-Lynn Ramsay.

And many more, of course. It’s all in support of the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children, and specifically their SickKids Foundation. And the principals behind this effort are Toronto’s Kevin McCafferty and the Steski brothers, Peter and Jeff.

“We thought it was time for a different kind of celebrity charity curling event, held in June, after the celebs had a chance to decompress from a long season,” said Jeff.

“There’s just one day of four-end curling games. In fact, there is just as much golf and socializing as there is actual curling.”

According to older brother Peter, a former vice-president of the World Curling Players’ Association, there may be additional skip announcements coming soon.

“You nevah know,” said Peter. “It’s a nice mix of talent, but the key is how the market will react. So far we seem to be doing extremely well across the board.”

The curling component takes place at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club, and the opening dinner will be preceded by a junior clinic facilitated by the Capital One Rocks and Rings program.

So… how to get involved in this thing?

You can check out the Facebook page, or go directly to this download link for the Entry Form. You can also send an email enquiry to: sickkidsbonspiel@rogers.com

Whether you are participating or not, please consider downloading this Pledge Form and helping out with fundraising.

More info to come!

[Photo montage by Anil Mungal]

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  1. Muirhead for Sick Kids | The Curling News Said,

    May 12, 2010 @ 10:53 am

    [...] Big news is about to be revealed with regard to the new celebrity/charity curling event scheduled for June 4-5 in Toronto (see previous post). [...]

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