Throughout the month of September, Jackson Events has had a busy, but very fun and eventful month. Featured in this story will be a few of the countless highlights throughout September at Jackson Events.
On September 12th, Jackson Events was proud to be a part of the 12th Annual IKO Charity Golf Tournament. Founded in 1951, IKO is a pioneer world leader in producing top end roofs for virtually any type of structure. IKO currently has more then 3500 employees in more then 25 plants throughout Canada, United States, England, Belgium, Holland, France and Slovakia, shipping roofing products to 96 countries throughout the world. Jackson Events is proud to be affiliated with a top notch corporation by being apart of the IKO Charity Golf Tournament. The event was held at the beautiful Station Creek Golf Course in Gormley, Ontario. This year’s IKO Charity Golf Tournament was held for the benefit of the Bnei Akiva Schools of Toronto. The proceeds from the event went to provide support for scholarships for students in need of financial assistance. The event commenced festivities at 9:30 am with registration. Following registration the participants had the opportunity to make use of Station Creek’s putting green and driving range while having refreshments and a light lunch. Tournament play began with a shotgun start at 12 noon and was played in best ball scramble format. As part of the tournament, participants could bid on having former Toronto Maple Leafs captain and fan favorite, Wendel Clark, join their group for 9 holes. Wendel Clark was highly visible throughout the day, signing autographs, including jerseys, took pictures and interacted with golfers during the course of the event. The participants were also treated to a BBQ as part of their golf round. The post golf cocktail buffet reception began at 5:30 pm with the event ending with Wendel Clark giving a short speech as part of the presentations, which also featured a raffle draw and silent auction, both which had great items. Jackson Events would like to thank IKO, the tournament volunteers and the participants for making the 12th Annual IKO Charity Golf Tournament one to be remembered.
The following week, the Jackson Events team was back at it again, this time at the Easter Seals Slo Pitch Tournament. Easter Seals is an excellent organization who provides a wide variety of programs to children with physical disabilities throughout Ontario. Services Easter Seals provides includes financial assistance up to $3000 per year for each child to purchase mobility equipment, operating 2 fully accessible 10 day summer camps with fun activities such as rope courses, climbing walls and water sports. Easter Seals also offers a range of scholarship opportunities for those with disabilities to attend postsecondary institutions and runs several awareness campaigns. As such, Easter Seals is definitely worthwhile supporting and Jackson Events is proud to work alongside them in organizing several festivities, including the Easter Seals Slo Pitch Tournament. The event, which is in its inaugural year, was hosted by Meridian Credit Union. Meridian Credit Union is amongst one of the largest credit unions in Canada and has worked with Jackson Events on several charitable events in the past. The Celebrity Slo-Pitch Tournament was held on Thursday, September 15th at the Barrie Sports Complex in Midhurst. For just $400 dollars a team with a minimum of $300 per player being fundraised, participants got to partake in an unforgettable day. The day began bright and early at 8 am with a Celebrity Slo-Pitch Draft, with the more funds a team raised, the higher they picked in the Draft. Celebrities on hands included former Toronto Blue Jays stars Paul Spoljaric and Rob Butler, as well as Toronto Maple Leafs greats Ric Nattress and Tom Fergus. Also present was Sportsnet Connected anchor Ken Reid. While the Draft was taking place, participants were treated with an excellent breakfast that included pancakes, sausages, coffee and tea. The Celebrity Slo-Pitch Tournament had 8 teams participating in the event, and games began at 9:00 with each team playing 3 games throughout the day. During lunch, the Celebrity Slo-Pitch All-Star Game was held. It featured the celebrities and the top fundraisers from each team. During the lunch break, ballpark food, including foot long hotdogs, chips and pop, were served to all the participants. Donleighs Irish Public House in Barrie did an excellent job at hosting the Celebrity Slo-Pitch post tournament festivities by providing great food and beverages during the Celebrity Slo-Pitch Awards Ceremony. For entering the Celebrity Slo-Pitch Tournament, each team received several excellent incentives. These included access to a personalized team website and support network leading up to the Celebrity Slo-Pitch Tournament to help Celebrity Slo-Pitch participants and their teams raise as much money as possible, and the opportunity to win weekly prizes recognizing outstanding fundraising efforts. Participating Teams in the Celebrity Slo-Pitch Tournament also received team jerseys, hats, gift bags and personalized autographs from Paul Spoljaric, Rob Butler, Ken Reid, Ric Nattress and Al Iafrate. Jackson Events would like to recognize the top fundraising teams for the inaugural Celebrity Slo-Pitch Classic. Coming in first are Guys and Gals that Care having raised $4360. Northern Protocol would come in 2nd raising $1745, followed by Century 21 BJ Roth Realty raising $1180. Podium Prosperity group would come in 4th place raising $1065. They would be followed by Meridian Credit Union raising $985 and RBC Dominion Securities Raising $760, finishing 5th and 6th respectively. Jackson Events would also like to congratulate the 6 individual fundraisers Charlene Myke, Tracy Haire, Steve Newbold, Brett Galbraith, Craig Ripley and Tracy Barns, respectively. Jackson Events would also like to express gratitude to the Celebrity Slo-Pitch Tournament sponsors, volunteers, participants and also thank the Barrie Sports Complex and Donleighs Irish Public House for providing excellent service and helping make the inaugural Celebrity Slo-Pitch Tournament a memorable day for everyone involved.
The next item on the agenda for the staff at Jackson Events was the Metrolinx Golf Tournament. A Crown Corporation, Metrolinx manages and integrates roads and public transport in the Golden Horseshoe. Child agencies under the control of Metrolinx include GO Transit, Union Pearson Express, Presto and OC Transpo, which is located in Ottawa. The Metrolinx Golf Tournament was held on September 22nd at the prestigious Angus Glen Golf Course in Oakville. Angus Glen has 2 18-hole courses, and has hosted the Canadian Open in 2002 and 2007. The Metrolinx Golf Tournament began at 10 am and Jackson Events arranged for NHL great Paul Coffey to be a part of the Metrolink golf festivities. One of the best defensemen to ever play in the NHL, Paul Coffey known for his offensive prowess, played 21 years in the NHL, winning several individual awards as well as 4 Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins. In addition to golfing, Paul also had a meet and greet and photo sessions with other Metrolinx Golf Tournament participants. Paul also attended the Metrolinx Golf Tournament Dinner, where he further interacted with the guests of the Metrolinx Golf Tournament and took part in a Question and Answer session.
The last event on the September calendar for Jackson Events was a Private Hockey Skills & Development Session with Adam Oates that took place on September 24th. Adam Oates was one of the NHL’s most skilled players during his 19 year NHL career, and would later coach the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils and has appeared as a television analyst on Hockey Night in Canada. This once in a lifetime opportunity for 15 kids, coaches and parents to have a private, on ice training session with someone of Adam Oates experience and pedigree is a perfect example of what kind of auction items Jackson Events can arrange for your event to feature. The Private Hockey Skills and Development Session with Adam Oates was a Silent Auction item at the recent Crime Stoppers of Huron Bruce Golf Tournament. Adam ran the development class, showing the children new skill with demonstrations, but most importantly, how to have fun.
Jackson Events would like to thank all the organizations, volunteers, celebrities and eager participants that took place in a wide variety of events throughout September. For information on other events, please visit jacksonevents.ca and check back soon to hear about a busy October coming up at Jackson Events.
Written By: Chris Cunneen