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Kirkland Oldtimers set to hit the $1-million fundraising mark

  • Kathleen Cooke of Pointe Claire battles Jennifer Doyle (18) of T.M.R. during game Saturday.
    Kathleen Cooke of Pointe Claire battles Jennifer Doyle (18) of T.M.R. during game Saturday.
    Photo credit: Graham Hughes, The Gazette

It’s taken a few years, countless matchups and hundreds of volunteer hours but the Kirkland Oldtimers hockey tournament is set to score a significant milestone by topping the $1-million mark in its fundraising initiatives, which have benefited everything from hospital foundations, family support centres to cancer research.

The 29th annual Kirkland Oldtimers tourney, featuring close to 50 teams across 12 divisions, kicked off this past weekend and continues until Sunday.

“This is our 29th year and we will surpass the $1-million mark raised and donated to many different charities over the years,” said tourney organizer Anthony Tomasetta. “We’re really proud of that accomplishment and we’ll celebrate it the best we can this year.”

To mark the achievement, a Kirkland Oldtimers Hockey League alumni night is being held tonight at the Kirkland Sport Complex.

“We’re inviting all the past Kirkland league players and current players to celebrate because it certainly is a big accomplishment. It’s not just an effort from the past couple of years but the past 29 years,” Tomasetta said.

“We started out with a very small number of teams and it’s grown over the years,” he recalled. “A small amount was collected at the beginning and it has grown to about $50,000 regularly every year depending on what we get from sponsors and how much advertising we sell in our program.”

Much of the monies raised is derived from team registration, program advertising, raffles and a silent auction.

“It’s a lot of effort and lot of different programs we run with the support of many people from our league and volunteers,” Tomasetta said. “We have well over a 100 volunteers that give their time throughout the week.”

It’s a team effort to make the tourney happen every year, he added. “It’s an awful lot of work involved,” he said, adding it involves a few months of planning.

The goal of organizers is to raise $50,000 this year, which would bring the total amount donated to local charities to just over $1 million.

Last year, $51,400 was raised and was distributed to a dozen community non-profit organizations. Beneficiaries included the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the West Island Women’s Shelter, the Special Olympics and Nova.

“We try to help everybody, a little bit here and there,” Tomasetta said.

Aside from the annual tournament, the eight team Kirkland Oldtimers league suits up Friday nights for its regular season. While the league is open to those ages 35 and over, the average age of players is about 52, Tomasetta said, citing a low turnover rate.

To see more photos from the women’s games Saturday between Pointe-Claire and T.M.R., click here.

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